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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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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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Yes, but one day your copy of Windows XP won't validate anymore, or you'll come across some data that only works with an ancient and dead program that does not work on a modern version of Windows.

Just like DosBOX before, ReactOS and WINE will be the only way to access these older programs and data - so it's importance now, even at alpha quality, cannot be understated.

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Silent_Seer Member since:
2007-04-06

Yes, but one day your copy of Windows XP won't validate anymore, or you'll come across some data that only works with an ancient and dead program that does not work on a modern version of Windows.


So if ReactOS never matures (i.e. a dead project) you are going end up cracking a copy of XP ;)

Seriously this project will certainly fill the same role one day as is now filled by the FreeDOS project. Since the original DOS license is proprietary, many people now use FreeDOS to run old programs or programs that need to be very close to hardware and perhaps not be in a full fledged OS environment (like BIOS flashing software on a bootable CD /disk or a home made embedded system).

And there is a good reason why it deserves more developers and better progress than what it has now. It offers one less reason for Linux distro makers to sign up with MS, the Reactos team can extend their hand towards OS related compatibility. And if Reactos works perfectly (or perfectly enough) then hardware vendors can offer it on their systems without licensing OSes from MS and not face any sort of 'displeasure' from MS if they also offer linux with the same level of endorsement (patent problems! fine, then offer it outside US).

If there is enough interest for projects like Darwin, there should be even more so for ReactOS.

Edited 2007-06-07 21:52

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leos Member since:
2005-09-21

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

Fair enough, but is it really worth thousands of hours of testing, bug reporting, and fixing, just to get something that works as well for you as Windows? Just use the real Windows. Sure it's not free, but it's also not prohibitively expensive (especially with a new computer) and it will always work better than ReactOS, no matter how many developers join the team.

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aent Member since:
2006-01-25

From my interpetation at least, thats what the parent is saying, and why reactos won't take off.

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