Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jun 2007 22:44 UTC
Windows As was to be expected, the Longhorn Reloaded team has been shut down by Microsoft. "It is with sad news that I have to inform you that today due to a cesit and decist letter we recived from Microsoft we are no longer able to provide you with a download link to Longhorn Reloaded. It deeply saddens me that although Microsoft hknew about this project for many months they only issued us with this notice a few days after we started to distribute the iso via torrents and ftp server."
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Hmm...
by Almafeta on Mon 25th Jun 2007 22:50 UTC
Almafeta
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2007-02-22

Technically, a cease and desist letter has no legal force, and is only a curtosy... but, oh well. Then again, this move wasn't exactly unexpected: you can't give away commercial products for free.

I wonder what they're going to do now? I can see ReactOS getting a number of new developers with experience in Windows hacking, and all sorts of projects can use people who have experience writing Windows drivers...

EDIT: Also, by 'hknew', I think you meant to type 'have known'...

Edited 2007-06-25 23:04

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RE: Hmm...
by Morgan on Mon 25th Jun 2007 23:23 in reply to "Hmm..."
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2005-06-29

Personally, I'd prefer to see ReactOS come to fruition instead of something like "Longhorn Reloaded". A clean-room open source OS that is binary-compatible with its commercial OS inspiration is legal (as long as they don't infringe trademarks). An unlicensed continuation of said commercial OS, regardless of the fact that the original OS is a dead project, will at best get you in civil court, and be hard as hell to do anyway without tedious reverse-engineering of closed-source binaries. I'm sure the challenge was part of the draw to the project, but as you said, I'd love to see some of these guys take that initiative and knowledge to other needy projects.

It is for this same reason (among others) that I am very excited about HaikuOS. I have played with it off and on since they started releasing vmware images, and so far it's looking great. Between ReactOS, the BSDs, GNU/Linux and Haiku, I'll have an open-source or free OS for just about any conceived need.

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RE[2]: Hmm...
by FooBarWidget on Tue 26th Jun 2007 12:39 in reply to "RE: Hmm..."
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2005-11-11

"A clean-room open source OS that is binary-compatible with its commercial OS inspiration is legal (as long as they don't infringe trademarks)"
Is that so? Everbody's always talking about how using Mono (a clean room implementation of .NET) will make MS sue you. Why would that not happen when people use ReactOS?

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RE: Hmm...
by Nelson on Tue 26th Jun 2007 00:54 in reply to "Hmm..."
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2005-11-29

All these guys did was edit a few resource files to put "LONG HORN IS RELOADED GUYS" all over Explorer.

I saw no functional improvement, nothing. It was a few nostalgic people with big ideas and small skills.

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RE[2]: Hmm...
by dnstest on Tue 26th Jun 2007 05:56 in reply to "RE: Hmm..."
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2006-06-11

All these guys did was edit a few resource files to put "LONG HORN IS RELOADED GUYS" all over Explorer.

I saw no functional improvement, nothing. It was a few nostalgic people with big ideas and small skills.


Exactly, I didn't get the point. It didn't appear that they did much of anything. My guess is this project would have disappeared on its own, regardless of what MS did. What were they going to do with a piece of closed-source, beta-quality software???

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RE[2]: Hmm...
by mzilikazi on Tue 26th Jun 2007 12:41 in reply to "Hmm..."
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2006-02-11

I don't think the ReactOS devs would want anyone who has actually sseen Microsoft code to work on the project. There can't be any Microsoft code found in Reactos and the recent code audit was done just to ensure that there was none.

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