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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(Disclaimer: this is how I understand the situation, I might be wrong;) )

They already use lots of current Wine code, e.g. for most of their user-mode stuff. So they don't write their own versions of common dialogs, COM components, etc., as this would be a lot of duplicated effort. Instead they import the Wine code, and they do this quite often.

What Aleksey writes about is win32k, which is the kernel mode part of Win32. This is currently written by the ReactOS guys, using some Wine code, but mainly focused on Windows compatibility. Sadly it takes an insane amount of work, and that's why Aleksey proposed a 'shortcut', which would be significantly different from the Windows architecture, but which would give a system that's usable now and that can profit from the improvements made upstream (i.e. Wine's win32k).

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