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: Cooperations buys laws
by Morgul on Tue 26th Jun 2007 03:59 UTC in reply to "Cooperations buys laws"
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The customer is treated like a criminal is that the gratitude for bying a product you pay MS to betatest?
you get a new OS thats incompatible with anything and
you have to rent or crack it to make it work.

In this day and age of the DMCA, the end user is a criminal, nine times out of ten. It's a bit sad, but true. Technically, since I watch DVD's on my linux computer, I'm a criminal. Ah, C'est la vie.

But still when you move on to some company they have to use liscensed stuff for each computer one os for all pcs is not enough , if u get an os its logical to do whatever you want with it if you evolve it with better codebase it becomes another product .

Ok, I've a few points to make. First, if by 'one os' you mean one copy, you're right. It's not. And since Microsoft created the OS in question, they legally can say you had to smear yourself with mud and dance half naked in the streets of Baghdad for each copy of the OS you install. It's their product, you don't have to buy it if you don't like the terms.

Secondly, it is logical to take an OS and evolve it. However, when you do that it becomes a 'derivative work'. In plain English it means no matter what changes you make to it, it's still based off something else, and hence, you need to make sure it's ok with the guys who first wrote it before showing people the work you did to it. Thankfully there's wonderful Open Source OSes that are quite willing to let you do just this. It's a shame Microsoft isn't as open to it as we would like, but really... did you expect them to be? I didn't.

Now they kill of an intresting OS that could probably evolve into a stable and nice OS.

This is what I really wanted to comment on. I venture to say that what you claim is impossible. ReactOS has been trying to do what would need to be done to achieve what you claim for years... and they're still working on it. You see, without the source code, there is _no way_ to make improvements to Longhorn. Ok, this isn't entirely true, but to do it would have been so mind blowingly painful that progress would be slow. And in two years... who's really going to want Longhorn? Heck Vista's hardly 6 months old and no one wants it anymore...

However they could just make a distro of Reactos and continue with longhorn reloaded over the reactos codebase ofcause that would mean a better UI than the crappy ROS bloat hybrid between win98 and win3.11 explorer without webbyness and overactive desktop as longhorn was intended to be.

I'm really confused here. IF they went with ReactOS, they would first need to work on ReactOS enough that they could solve the remaining issues with ReactOS. (Like increasing compatibility. Then they could work on shining up the GUI. Since ReactOS was written from the ground up, and is based on the much slimmer, more utilitarian win98/2k GUI... what bloat are you talking about?

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