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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dagw
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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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Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

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 reason I said XP or Win 2K is because unlike Windows 95 (Which lasted less then 3 years) XP has been around for almost 10 years and is not going anywhere anytime soon. Windows 7 will not displace it because too many people like the look and feel of XP. So this is a good target to shoot for.

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Happy-Dude Member since:
2009-01-18

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

And then it was NT4...


Just a little nitpick-- Win95 is not NT4, but rather MS-DOS 4. (The NT lines and MSDOS lines were split in development until they focused on the NT kernel more after ME and Win2K. --I read about this when I did more digging on the Win7 name.)

--http://www.microsoft.com/windows/WinHistoryProGraphic.mspx :: outdated, but still useful ;)

Edited 2009-01-18 21:41 UTC

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