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 [skeptic]
by dimosd on Sat 6th Jun 2009 09:16 UTC in reply to "Waste of time"
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I imagine that these guys from ReactOS are very intelligent.
Why are they wasting their time doing this project? Really, this is not going anywhere.

I imagine you will be flamed to death for this comment...

Here's a healthy dose of skepticism:

1) Wine has been in development for 16 years. It is useful. It works, but not very well. How much better can we expect ReactOS (which shares a lot of code with Wine anyway) to do? Can ReactOS work better than Linux + Wine? Is kernel compatibility (vs API) the real issue?

2) In my experience, projects either come up with something you can "almost" use within 1-2 years or they never do. Examples: Linux (went from 0.01 to v1.0 within a couple of years), FreeDOS. Contra-examples: Hurd, SkyOS, Haiku etc.

3) ReactOS has been in development for 11 years.

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