Linked by Jeff Rollin on Thu 31st Aug 2006 18:44 UTC
ReactOS I downloaded a few VMware images for use in VMware player. The mouse (a PS/2 type) did not work either in ReactOS or in Syllable, but did work in PC-BSD (all in VMware Player). Later, I downloaded the install-cd iso of ReactOS and burned it to a CD. The image is a tiny download (19MB uncompressed), so it didn't take long. I intended to install ReactOS on a laptop and desktop.
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No offense...
by jchildrose on Thu 31st Aug 2006 19:16 UTC
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... but it's an ALPHA! The version number is 0.3 (zero point three).

Honestly, what did you expect? Did you expect a barely functioning operating system to able to properly deal with LVM? Or have better support for your network card at this early stage? Did you expect an alpha OS to have a wealth of recovery tools?

It seems as though you have gone through great pains to disguise a nasty little diatribe about a promising operating system that is still in the very early stages of development as an honest-to-goodness article, and throwing in a jab or two at Microsoft while you were at it.

Got your point - you think Linux is great, and you hate Windows and anything that resembles windows - you even say that in your bio. So do I, but I don't need to go around trashing a pre-alpha FOSS clone of it. Next time, why not write an insightful article about what you do like, instead of a vicious rant about an unfinished operating system.

--just my loose change.

Edited 2006-08-31 19:17

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RE: No offense...
by twenex on Thu 31st Aug 2006 19:43 in reply to "No offense..."
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2006-04-21

... but it's an ALPHA! The version number is 0.3 (zero point three).

I stated at least once _in the article_ that various problems that I had with it can be directly, and *understandably*, attributable to its alpha quality.


Honestly, what did you expect? Did you expect a barely functioning operating system to able to properly deal with LVM?


No, as I hinted in the article, the problems I had *with LVM in ReactOS* were entirely of my own making.

Perhaps I should have made myself more clear, but my gripes about LVM screwing up the Windows installation are just that - that *the real McCoy* has so much trouble dealing with unexpected events (=the mere thought of anyone using any OS that isn't Windows).

Or have better support for your network card at this early stage?

I didn't even get to the stage of being able to test the network card. Had I done so, (by, perhaps, installing in an environment more amenable to "real Windows") for all I know it might have worked *better* with the card than Microsoft Windows.

It seems to have been missed in the published article, but my review of ReactOS was *as a Linux user*. As such I don't see how investigating whether it matches up to a Linux user's expectations of an OS can in any way be said to be unfair. That is, after all, what any of us who have been using an OS over a long period of time do with any other OS, whether a Windows-type OS or a new Linux distro.

It seems as though you have gone through great pains to disguise a nasty little diatribe about a promising operating system

Well, I certainly didn't intend it to be that way. On the contrary, I went out of my way to see how it would handle being installed on hardware without the user having jumped through hoops to make allowances for it. My points are this: *as an alpha*, it's unlikely to be used as anyone's primary environment. Therefore unless you have a sacrificial machine, it makes sense for it to play nice with other OSes at least for the moment. Secondly, I had hoped that the project might address some of the problems I have with Windows _provided that those solutions do not introduce incompatibilities_. One of those areas would imho be in introducing a better installation process. However, since the installation borrows so much from Windows, it's probably not a goal of theirs; as such it's probably not "on the same page" as I am. That's no crime, but I didn't know "what page it was on" before trying it out.


Got your point - you think Linux is great, and you hate Windows and anything that resembles windows - you even say that in your bio. So do I, but I don't need to go around trashing a pre-alpha FOSS clone of it. Next time, why not write an insightful article about what you do like, instead of a vicious rant


I wouldn't agree that in that article I've engaged in either viciousness or trashing.

Edited 2006-08-31 19:45

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