Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jun 2007 16:30 UTC, submitted by Michael Zandstra
ReactOS "Alex Ionescu, the ReactOS kernel coordinator, has resigned. Alex first joined the project in 2004, around the 0.2.2 release. Since then, he's been at the center of quite a few squabbles about how to code the kernel. However, Alex has also been responsible for completely rewriting the kernel almost from the ground up. Today, about 60% of the kernel code is probably his. The reason for Alex's departure is because of his joining David Solomon's Expert Seminars as an instructor. Because this job would place him in close contact with many Microsoft programmers and also give him access to other Microsoft properties, continuing with the project would have resulted in possible conflicts of interest."
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Too bad. Reactos has much potential
by Chuck Norris on Thu 7th Jun 2007 16:45 UTC
Chuck Norris
Member since:
2007-03-24

I have never understood why so few people have shown interest in Reactos. It's basically a free version of Windows in version alpha. It implements the Win32 API, and you can install a number of Windows applications. Isn't that a lot better than Linux and Unix in general? I'm sure that when Reactos reaches the stable release, it'll be a breakthrough among the Windows community. Maybe Reactos will be to Windows what Openoffice is to MS Office?

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Crono Member since:
2006-11-08

I have never understood why so few people have shown interest in Reactos. It's basically a free version of Windows in version alpha.

I think I just found out why ;-)

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Darkelve Member since:
2006-02-06

"I have never understood why so few people have shown interest in Reactos. It's basically a free version of Windows in version alpha."

Shoulnd't that be a pre-alpha? :p

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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I have never understood why so few people have shown interest in Reactos. It's basically a free version of Windows in version alpha.
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I'm a Linux proponent. And I can tell you why I haven't been interested. Perhaps I am uninformed; I haven't ever really given this much thought.

But I have followed the excruciatingly slow progress of the Wine team for about 11 years now, I guess, and I put ReactOS in the same mental pigeon hole.

Whenver I am reduced to depending upon Wine to run one of my customer's apps, I find myself thinking to myself "Abandon all hope ye who enter here".

Could I be running ReactOS under Xen or something and get better results?

If so, I would be *very* insterested.

Edited 2007-06-07 17:15

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Chuck Norris Member since:
2007-03-24

It's the chicken & egg dilema. The more developers, the faster it's developper and the more attractive to users and to developers.

Few developers -> Slow -> Unattractive -> Less developers

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leos Member since:
2005-09-21

It's basically a free version of Windows in version alpha.

So to save anywhere from $50 to $500 (depending on where you buy Windows), you would put up with alpha quality software? The only advantage of ReactOS is cost. If ReactOS was a 100% perfect clone of Windows, which it is far from being, then it will still only be Windows.

I don't use Linux because it's free, I use it because it works better for me than Windows (for most tasks). Because of that I can put up with the disadvantages like lagging support for laptop hardware that one inevitably encounters with alternative OS's. Why would I put up with that pain to run what is essentially a really bad version of Windows? I don't want to put down the project, it is very interesting to play around with and work on as a hobby, but it holds no interest for me as something that can be actually used.

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Chuck Norris Member since:
2007-03-24

you would put up with alpha quality software?

No, definitely not. I would test it, report bugs, and I would use it only when it's stable. This is true for any software, including Linux development releases.

I don't use Linux because it's free, I use it because it works better for me than Windows

I don't use Linux because although being free, it doesn't work as good as Windows for me.

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miles Member since:
2006-06-15

The only advantage of ReactOS is cost.


No. The main advantage of ReactOS is not cost - it's its license.

Its license allows you to do things you can't with Windows - thus enabling a BETTER Windows. You won't have to cope with Windows deficiencies because the system will be implemented in a far saner way. You have the possibility to end up with a system that is far more stable and, more important, far saner.

Even if we might prefer Linux, ReactOS will allow better integration in virtual machines - which, along with a good license, is worth far more than the 500$ of Windows.

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deanlinkous Member since:
2006-06-19

have never understood why so few people have shown interest in Reactos. It's basically a free version of Windows in version alpha. It implements the Win32 API, and you can install a number of Windows applications. Isn't that a lot better than Linux and Unix in general?

Only for those that WANT windows or a *better* windows. I personally do not want a *better* windows. I dont want windows apps - if I did I would use windows. Doesn't interest me at all.

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knightrider Member since:
2006-12-11

That is because this bit of alpha software is still too buggy to be of any use.

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Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

A featureless implementation of a bad designed system is not what I would see "a lot better" than Linux and Unix in general :-)

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Chuck Norris Member since:
2007-03-24

I'm talking about the potential, not the current state. Linux also has been in an early alpha state one day. Give it some time. Reactos doesn't want to reproduce the bugs and annoyances of Windows also, that wouldn't make sense. I think it's a lot better than Linux because Linux has matured and very few computers in the world have Linux installed, while 90% of computers use Windows with the problems we know. So, Linux isn't for everyone. Please no destructive comments ;-)

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Actually, Windows NT was a poor implementation of a good design, IMHO

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