Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Jun 2009 22:20 UTC
ReactOS ReactOS, the project to create a Windows NT-compatible operating system, has published another news update with some interesting news items. The legal position of the ReactOS Foundation has been strengthened, and now has a VeriSign certificate that might help other open source projects as well, the new ATA driver is more or less complete, and there's some progress in the area of video drivers.
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RE: Waste of time
by obsidian on Sat 6th Jun 2009 00:04 UTC in reply to "Waste of time"
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I beg to differ....

I can see at least three valid reasons for ReactOS to keep going (and this is from a Linux-using and occasional BSD-using weenie... ;) )

a) Playing Windows games. At present, if you want to play those but don't want to buy Windows, the options are Wine (running on Linux/*BSD) or ReactOS. Wine has the inside running at present, but ReactOS can still get to a good-enough state to run games.

b) As a security testbed, to see if it is possible to create a Windows-like OS that can be hardened against worms and viruses. If it were possible to port pf to ReactOS then that would be a good start.

c) (Eventually) - as an XP replacement. Ok, I agree that this is likely to be quite a way down the track (I'd guess at least 18 months to 2 years). However, given the progress that the ReactOS devs have made so far, it's possible.
- obsidian

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