Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Jan 2010 16:06 UTC, submitted by fireball
ReactOS The ReactOS project aims to be an open source Windows NT-compatible operating system which can run Windows applications and utilise Windows drivers. Obviously, this is quite a daunting task, and as such, progress has been relatively slow. As a result, project coordinator and kernel developer Aleksey Bragin has proposed a rather drastic solution.
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So does this run on top of Linux?
by joshv on Mon 18th Jan 2010 16:47 UTC
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Wine basically converts Win32 into Linux system calls, but I didn't see Linux in the architectural diagram. I am guessing though there has to be a Linux kernel underneath it all.

So what this amounts to is that emulating the internals of the modern Win32 OS is a lost cause. Whereas emulating the Win 32 API on top of another OS (Linux) is a proven approach that supports something like 13k windows apps.

The only problem I can see is that you lose driver support. You can't just install your win32 drivers for your hardware in ReactOS and expect it to work.

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