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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I guess my confusion was that I thought ReactOS was basically already doing what this announcement proposes to implement. But I guess they'd started out with their own Win32 user land and hacked in Wine code on an ad hoc basis.

But this brings up the question - why not go further? What's the benefit of having your own custom NT-like kernel if the Wine Win32 API runs just fine on top of the Linux kernel? I guess you couldn't run Windows drivers for your hardware - but if, as the announcement states, all anybody cares about is apps - who cares? And doesn't their windows driver model implementation pretty much suck anyways?

Perhaps this will just allow them to focus on hardware driver support and kernel tweaking, and leave the userland stuff mostly to Wine.

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