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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RE[2]: Waste of time
by gustl on Mon 18th Jan 2010 19:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Waste of time"
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Well, the NT Kernel isn't that bad, in fact in terms of used concepts it comes quite close to Linux.

The whole operating system is a different beast. Linux has much better separation between user and administrator, simply because Windows has to evolve out of a single-user environment as it tries to be as backwards compatible as possible.

Linux, on the other hand, was multi-user from the very early days on, and if need should arise, backwards compatibility can be broken (it didn't break since 2.4.0, but that just shows good foresight by the developers).

Microsoft may one day be forced to provide built-in virtual machine technology, to be able to get rid of 2 decades of cruft they now have to maintain in the operating system.

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