Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Nov 2006 20:04 UTC, submitted by fireball
ReactOS ReactOS, the open source implementation of a Windows XP/2003 compatible operating system, is announcing a start of a series of interviews with ReactOS developers. The first published interview features the project coordinator Aleksey Bragin. The ReactOS team plans to publish interviews on a weekly basis.
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I agree ReactOS is cool
by destraht on Thu 16th Nov 2006 01:11 UTC in reply to "Thinking of the users"
destraht
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2006-08-07

I think that the project has huge potential. If the ReactOS and Wine people can work together this project has the potential to make wine more flexible and powerful. I think that there should be an emphasis between the two projects on making the code so that it can be put in three categories: Wine specific, ReactOS specific, and sharable. I've never looked at the code for either project but it just seems smart to me.

Maybe they should even have a sharable source repository between the two projects where they can argue about what comes and what goes? I'm not sure how winelib would play into this. Who knows maybe that wouldn't get along or have much too different goals?

I'm drawing this picture from what I know about Google's Picasa Linux port. They basically took a subset of wine and statically compiled it all together and just tweaked a few user interface issues to make it integrate with the desktop more. Also Transgaming is advertising that they offer professional services to Windows game makers that allow them to basically do the same thing with for Macintosh. I don't really like how Transgaming stole wine in the beginning and closed sourced it but,.., the approach is sound.

Basically trying to make sense of all of this. Wine could become very flexible. Run the code with a ReactOS kernel for a full Windows environment. If you want to port Win32 software to another environment use wine and statically link it with a subset of wine. Or just use to run the program on a *NIX system with the traditional wine.

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RE: I agree ReactOS is cool
by brewin on Thu 16th Nov 2006 01:31 in reply to "I agree ReactOS is cool"
brewin Member since:
2005-06-30

From the ReactOS FAQ:

Why don't you help develop Wine/Linux instead?

This is a very common FAQ, so it's placed in User FAQ also (and technical answer is given in Developer FAQ).

ReactOS works very closely with Wine, and thus both projects actually benefit from each other. We have several developers in both the WINE and ReactOS projects that work on cross-compatibility issues between the two projects.

It is our view that Linux + Wine can never be a full replacement for Microsoft(R) Windows(R). ReactOS has the potential for a much higher degree of compatibility - especially for Microsoft(R) Windows(R) drivers - which WINE does not address.

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RE[2]: I agree ReactOS is cool
by mike_m on Thu 16th Nov 2006 02:08 in reply to "RE: I agree ReactOS is cool"
mike_m Member since:
2005-08-30

> ReactOS works very closely with Wine

This is untrue.

"No ReactOS-derived code will be accepted in Wine at this point." - Alexandre Julliard

http://www.winehq.org/pipermail/wine-devel/2006-June/048553.html

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