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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Kroc
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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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