Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Nov 2008 11:26 UTC, submitted by frik85
ReactOS The ReactOS team has released version 0.3.7 of its Windows NT compatible operating system. This release along with the rest of the 0.3.x series is still considered alpha quality software. ReactOS 0.3.7 continues further work on the main three principles of current ReactOS development: bugfixes, compatibility and stability.
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RE: I don't get it
by BluenoseJake on Thu 6th Nov 2008 16:39 UTC in reply to "I don't get it"
BluenoseJake
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2005-08-11

It may have similar problems as MS Windows, but it's OSS, so it's free as in beer and as is in freedom. That alone makes me happy.

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RE[2]: I don't get it
by darknexus on Thu 6th Nov 2008 18:11 in reply to "RE: I don't get it"
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2008-07-15

I'll admit to not necessarily agreeing with that viewpoint, but I understand. Open source is a very good thing, as it promotes competition and growth. But I have to wonder why, rather than putting their design time into FOSS programs that really could use it, they're replicating something that already exists? They're not trying to improve Windows, they're trying to duplicate it at least in the ABI and API respects.
I just don't get it, and that's my failing. At least Wine made sense to me, but this... well, to me it doesn't. This doesn't mean I think they shouldn't do it, it just means I don't get the point in duplicating something that's already there. As I said, I do not intend this as flame bate, though I'm sure I'll get my fair share.

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RE[3]: I don't get it
by Mage66 on Thu 6th Nov 2008 18:43 in reply to "RE[2]: I don't get it"
Mage66 Member since:
2005-07-11

The point is to have a free, open source replacement for Windows that is not under Microsoft's control, won't be end-of-lifed arbitrairly, and will run the huge catalog of Windows Compatible software.

I have tons of systems here I could give away to friends or to charity, but I can't afford to buy a $99US Windows XP license for each of them to do so.

Imagine a computer for impovershed areas of the world that will run Windows software, but no MS tax.

Imagine using ReactOS in a free VM to run Windows compatible software under Linux or MacOS X?

Imagine a Windows Compatible OS without the bloat and cruft that slows Windows down? ReactOS will run well on systems where XP and above are slow as sloths.

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RE[3]: I don't get it
by BluenoseJake on Thu 6th Nov 2008 21:49 in reply to "RE[2]: I don't get it"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

But your viewpoint is invalidated by Linux. Linux replicates an OS that already existed, Unix. It even used Minux's userland until version 0.12.

ReactOS is no difference then Linux, other than being based on Windows, and Linux was designed to be Unix-like.

Also, they can't improve on Windows, until they can duplicate the functionality of Windows. For a long time Linux trailed Unix, but now, I think Linux is ahead of most Unix's.

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RE[3]: I don't get it
by Rugxulo on Thu 6th Nov 2008 22:03 in reply to "RE[2]: I don't get it"
Rugxulo Member since:
2007-10-09

I have to wonder why, rather than putting their design time into FOSS programs that really could use it, they're replicating something that already exists? They're not trying to improve Windows, they're trying to duplicate it at least in the ABI and API respects.
At least Wine made sense to me. I don't get the point in duplicating something that's already there.


For instance, there are plenty of DOSes (MS-DOS, DR-DOS, PC-DOS, PTS-DOS, ROM-DOS, RxDOS, FreeDOS) as well as DOSBox or DOSEMU or QEMU or BOCHS or any (IA32) Windows. They all had different developers, licenses, costs, requirements, and some are no longer supported.

DOSBox, in particular, needs no real DOS but is (at best) a slow 486 and targeted only at games (and needs a host OS and lots of libs). FreeDOS was created to duplicate native DOS with minimal requirements and also improve upon it, mostly to have a free/libre version since others weren't (its kernel + BASE are GPLv2). DOSEMU is meant to run at near native speed under Linux (typically w/ FreeDOS) although isn't as good for multimedia as DOSBox (in my limited experience). Oh, and native DOS has limited support for AC97 while something like DOSBox just uses native OS drivers for that, etc.

Don't worry, WINE and ReactOS have their reasons, and they wisely pool their resources, so either way should hopefully be a viable solution in the future. Some people prefer the Windows way of doing things over Linux. (Honestly, DOS itself is hard to 100% duplicate, so I'm not surprised it takes so long for cloning Windows.)

Edited 2008-11-06 22:10 UTC

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