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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Yes.....but, this isn't a different flavor ice-cream, it's a copy of an existing flavor. But more than that, this ice-cream has to be compatible with the other flavor of ice-cream because it needs to run the same programs and drivers, etc etc, as that is the point in its existence. Worse the existing flavor is a moving target, a law until itself, and the new flavor must try and keep up with big jumps without knowing what's going to happen in advance. Even worse the existing flavor has a long history of deliberately destroying compatibility. Ok moved away from ice-creams, but I think I've made my point. Not saying it shouldn't be reported, it is interesting (I love Plan9 as a concept, but don't try and use it), but I am saying I think it's doomed to fail.

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