Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Thu 7th Aug 2008 15:18 UTC, submitted by Michael Z
ReactOS "In a little over a month since version 0.3.5, we are announcing the release ReactOS 0.3.6. This release along with the rest of the 0.3.x series is still considered alpha quality software, so do not set your expectations too high. ReactOS 0.3.6 is the product of the current development focus: bugfixes, compatibility, and stability."
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Nice to see
by werfu on Thu 7th Aug 2008 19:22 UTC
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It's nice to see ReactOS progressing again. I didn't knew they were porting it to ARM and PowerPC. I know this is good for platform independence, buy I can't stop thinking they should be better putting more energy in bringing in more stability and compatibility. I mean, The point to having a Windows clone is to run windows apps, but there's no PPC Windows apps on the market. The ARM port could be useful to replace Windows CE but that's about it.

I also think it's funny to have ReactOS around while Microsoft as started to talk about Midori. Suddenly this look like FreeDOS a bit more!

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RE: Nice to see
by Mage66 on Thu 7th Aug 2008 19:37 in reply to "Nice to see"
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Well... If you read the newsletter, the port to ARM allowed a lot of bugs to be uncovered and squashed that helped the X86 version.

So, it's not wasted effort.

I wish some more programmers would jump into this project, but I think they're doing the best they can with the number of contributors they have.

AROS is proceding at about the same speed.

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RE: Nice to see
by gilboa on Thu 7th Aug 2008 21:15 in reply to "Nice to see"
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Seems to me that the ReactOS guys are porting their OS to other platforms for the same reasons ID software is porting Doom/Quake/ET to Linux:
A. Because they can. (Trust me, nothing beats seeing your software run on 5 different platforms ;) )
B. It helps them uncover bugs on their original platform. (The lower you get [kernel/drivers] the more the platform behaves differently - hence, new and interesting bugs...)

Plus, they most likely thinking about a Windows CE replacement.

- Gilboa

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RE: Nice to see
by HappyGod on Fri 8th Aug 2008 00:28 in reply to "Nice to see"
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If Midori sees the light of day before about 2060, I will eat one of my own arms.

ReactOS has the potential to be the most serious competitor to Windows ever.

It looks a bit Win95-esque at the moment, but I think once it is functionally complete, and a Novell (or similar) picks it up, it is definitely game on.

I mean if you're a Windows user and you can get something that looks, feels and acts like Windows for free without the activation rubbish, why wouldn't you?

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RE[2]: Nice to see
by ari-free on Fri 8th Aug 2008 00:57 in reply to "RE: Nice to see"
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win95esque? I'm on Vista and it looks win95esque. The first thing any 'real' windows user does upon install is turn off the cheesy glass/aero/dancing menus

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RE: Nice to see
by Johann Chua on Fri 8th Aug 2008 05:48 in reply to "Nice to see"
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Well, NT-based Windows was designed to be portable, even if non-x86 apps never really made a big impact.

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