Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Feb 2009 13:33 UTC, submitted by Colin Finck
ReactOS Three months after the previous release, the ReactOS Team has released version 0.3.8 of their Windows NT-compatible operating system. We have taken a short virtual look at this new release. In addition, the project will have a booth at the FOSDEM event in Brussels, Belgium on the 7th and 8th February. Several members of ReactOS Development Team along with the Project Coordinator will be attending. You can have a chance to test the live system, speak with developers, and get a closer look at their project.
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can ms kill reactos
by paul14213 on Thu 5th Feb 2009 19:40 UTC
paul14213
Member since:
2008-12-13

Is react os based in the usa. Im sure others will fork react os an it be under different names.

The Netherlands Denmark do they have laws on software stuff.

Lets say reactos.com shuts down im sure they will be several other web sites that will have reactos it will be named different.

As long as reactos stays in beta ms will simply ignore it. Staying in beta might be reactos best bet.

Im surprised ms did not go after freedos.

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RE: can ms kill reactos
by Rugxulo on Fri 6th Feb 2009 00:59 in reply to "can ms kill reactos"
Rugxulo Member since:
2007-10-09

As long as reactos stays in beta ms will simply ignore it. Staying in beta might be reactos best bet.

Im surprised ms did not go after freedos.


For the record, the whole reason FreeDOS exists is because MS decided to drop their efforts for their own MS-DOS in favor of Windows. Besides, there are other DOSes, and MS hasn't killed them all off (DR-DOS, PTS-DOS, ROM-DOS, RxDOS, etc) despite a few nits. I guess because it's not illegal to clone an API.

Besides, if you don't clone the API, all your old apps die, and current Windows has no support for OS/2 and little support for DOS. Plus, x86-64 kills any 16-bit stuff (DOS or Win) except via virtualization, emulation, etc. (DOSBox, DOSEMU, VirtualBox, QEMU, BOCHS, etc). So it gets bleaker by the day. Compatibility ain't what it used to be.

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RE[2]: can ms kill reactos
by gilboa on Fri 6th Feb 2009 08:08 in reply to "RE: can ms kill reactos"
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

Actually, as long as you are doing a clean room clone, nothing stops you from cloning Windows.

-However-, if MS has a patent on say, clicking on an icon called start to show the application list (and MS most likely have a lot of brain-dead patents), ReactOS is doomed...

- Gilboa

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