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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RE: clever
by Chuck Norris on Thu 7th Jun 2007 17:56 UTC in reply to "clever"
Chuck Norris
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2007-03-24

clever move on microsofts part

Yes, it's not good for Microsoft to let a project like Reactos survive. Ten years from now, with the funds of venture capital, Reactos could become a serious problem for Microsoft.

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RE[2]: clever
by Touvan on Thu 7th Jun 2007 20:34 in reply to "RE: clever"
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2006-09-01

I tend to disagree. Why would Microsoft not fund development of ReactOS in the open, and save money on support for such a large code base, by sharing that burden with anyone who uses it (which is a lot of people at the moment) and wishes to contribute code. Instead they spent $6 billion on what amounted to a Service Pack upgrade to Windows XP, with a new Window Manager.

They have plenty of incentive to support ReactOS, they just don't seem to understand the benefits of OSS (well that and technically, they have a very monolithic engineering culture - OSS is much more decentralized and modular than MS stuff seems to be, IMHO).

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RE[3]: clever
by BluenoseJake on Fri 8th Jun 2007 15:48 in reply to "RE[2]: clever"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

" Instead they spent $6 billion on what amounted to a Service Pack upgrade to Windows XP, with a new Window Manager."

I'm not a Vista user, but I have to say, I am getting tired of this claim, feel free to use google, there is a lot more to Vista than just XP SP3.

"They have plenty of incentive to support ReactOS, they just don't seem to understand the benefits of OSS"

MS does what it's shareholders want, they are a company who's main source of income is making an OS. it is their right to decide how to develop and distribute that product. In their eyes (and they are right, Windows and Office are MS's cash cows) They would lose their main source of income for the company, which in most shareholders eyes, is the wrong thing to do.

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