Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Jan 2009 16:34 UTC
ReactOS The ReactOS project has seen some major progress during 2008. The project, which aims to create a Windows NT-compatible operating system, has published a 'year-in-review' article concerning 2008, detailing the various area of work. It provides some interesting insights into the project's development.
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They need not chase moving target!
by Windows Sucks on Sun 18th Jan 2009 01:53 UTC
Windows Sucks
Member since:
2005-11-10

They need not to chase a moving target as they will never catch up to MS. What they should focus on doing is getting to the point where you can do most of the things you can in Windows XP SP3 which is not a moving target.

If they can get it to that point then it would be pretty damn sweet!

But we will see where they go from here.

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bugjacobs Member since:
2009-01-03

I totally agree on this one, XP SP3 functionality and stability should be the first end-target, while possibly incorporating some Linux technologies that could improve upon Windows and would have already if MS hadnt been such moneyhungry and uncreative gimps ..
The tech that could be incorporated is an in some areas improved GUI for example, while not breaking compatibility and such with windows.

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Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

You right, you right. I was getting a little ahead of myself. LOL!

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dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

They need not to chase a moving target as they will never catch up to MS. What they should focus on doing is getting to the point where you can do most of the things you can in Windows XP SP3 which is not a moving target.

They don't really even need to aim that high. Windows 2000 seems like a much better target to me. If it can do what win2k does, then I'd be happy to use it. Once you've basically gotten there then you can look onwards, but win2k seems like a perfect goal.

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Yes, but don't forget this project started by chasing Win95...

And then it was NT4...

So, by saying that they don't need to chase anything newer than XP or even W2K, you've already stated that their original target moved. The fact is, in 5-10 years time, everyone will be telling them they should be targetting Windows 7 ;)

The only way their target might stop moving and they can truly catch up is if that Ferrari breaks down, or runs out of gas in the middle of the desert (which could certainly happen, but I suspect the tow truck would be around shortly to remedy the situation).

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Happy-Dude Member since:
2009-01-18

I actually think that's what they're trying to do at this point.

But, I think Windows 2000 is their immediate goal. First, achieve a status and functionality that is similar to Win2K (even the styles look like it), and then start implementing what is seen in WinXP and NT6.x onto it.

(Luckily, since they are trying to make something as reliable and stable as the NT5.x versions and MS is continually developing, the ROS team is able to look at what they're doing and plan a bit ahead ;) )

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