Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jun 2007 22:44 UTC
Windows As was to be expected, the Longhorn Reloaded team has been shut down by Microsoft. "It is with sad news that I have to inform you that today due to a cesit and decist letter we recived from Microsoft we are no longer able to provide you with a download link to Longhorn Reloaded. It deeply saddens me that although Microsoft hknew about this project for many months they only issued us with this notice a few days after we started to distribute the iso via torrents and ftp server."
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RE: Hmm...
by Morgan on Mon 25th Jun 2007 23:23 UTC in reply to "Hmm..."
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Personally, I'd prefer to see ReactOS come to fruition instead of something like "Longhorn Reloaded". A clean-room open source OS that is binary-compatible with its commercial OS inspiration is legal (as long as they don't infringe trademarks). An unlicensed continuation of said commercial OS, regardless of the fact that the original OS is a dead project, will at best get you in civil court, and be hard as hell to do anyway without tedious reverse-engineering of closed-source binaries. I'm sure the challenge was part of the draw to the project, but as you said, I'd love to see some of these guys take that initiative and knowledge to other needy projects.

It is for this same reason (among others) that I am very excited about HaikuOS. I have played with it off and on since they started releasing vmware images, and so far it's looking great. Between ReactOS, the BSDs, GNU/Linux and Haiku, I'll have an open-source or free OS for just about any conceived need.

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