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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umccullough
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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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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

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.


Ah, but there was also Server 2003, and XP64bit which *are* different (even though you'd probably like to believe they aren't relevant). These had newer driver requirements for example.

Personally, I use XP64 at home, and work with Server 2003 quite a bit at work, and find them very pleasant. The user-interface is a very very minor part of the re-creation of Windows - so this is not what you should base your decision on. The re-creation of subsystems, APIs, and the driver model are much more important for the ReactOS project.

I too would welcome an XP as the target, but you have to remain realistic as well. The advantage, as you're pointing out, is that XP has had a long run, with much success software and driver-wise, and this doesn't seem to be dying yet. But in 5-10 years from now, I suspect many hardware manufacturers will cease to offer XP drivers, and the advantage that ReactOS is counting on - driver binary compatibility - will start to subside again.

In any case, I fully support this project, and want to see it succeed and flourish as well ;)

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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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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

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.)


Yes I know this, but we were talking about the ReactOS target OS, not the history of Windows...

ReactOS was originally started after Windows 95 was release, in an attempt to re-create Win95, eventually they realized how futile that effort would be, and changed their target to NT4 at some point thereafter.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

It wasn't dos 4. It was windows 4. Dos 4 was from 1988. In fact, win 95 reported that the included DOS was version 7.0.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_x86_DOS_operating_systems

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