Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Nov 2007 18:38 UTC, submitted by fireball
ReactOS The opensource Windows-compatible operating system ReactOS released a status update today. The highlights are the ability to run OpenOffice.org 2 applications (screenshots), kernel bugfixes, a restructured win32 subsystem, and plans about the next release (December 2007).
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by islander on Thu 15th Nov 2007 04:04 UTC in reply to "RE: ....."
islander
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2007-04-11

What I like about the project too is that it being Windows-like and the system requirements being so low, alot of older working systems dont have to junked to the heap.

Financially strapped users , organisations and/or countries who already use some form of Windows pirated or otherwise wont be left in the cold since its open source and would lower their cost overhead.

Edited 2007-11-15 04:05

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by Coxy on Thu 15th Nov 2007 17:39 in reply to "RE[2]: ....."
Coxy Member since:
2006-07-01

Not to be rude, but...

...what costs could lowered if they are using pirated MS software? It never cost them anything anyway? If someone would use a cracked copy of windows, security is obviously not their prime concern.

Thus, having source available to look through isn't a big incentive, is it?

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by islander on Fri 16th Nov 2007 01:28 in reply to "RE[3]: ....."
islander Member since:
2007-04-11

Mate,dont know where you are but even pirated windows cost money where I am.

ReactOs would be free.

And here's something else for you.When Microsoft launched their WGA program alot of people who either bought their pc with a cracked Windows pre-installed or paid to have it installed got shafted.Lost some productivity and had to pay to get the mess sorted out.Even by having to buy a legitimate copy.

Again, because Windows is pirated doesn't mean it cannot be made as secure as a legitimate copy.Similarly because the source code of an Os is available for peeking doesn't make it any less secure inherently.Heck if that was the case then Windows should be the most secure operating system ever.

Point is the average script kiddy who break into computer systems either lack the skills or interest to proof read the code for an entire operating system to break it.

Cheers.

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