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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RE[3]: can ms kill reactos
by fonebone on Fri 6th Feb 2009 16:38 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: can ms kill reactos"
fonebone
Member since:
2005-10-05

From what I've heard it's not very clean room development. They look at the Windows binaries and basically derive the original source code from the assembler code.

That's basically just stealing other people's code.

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RE[4]: can ms kill reactos
by matthekc on Fri 6th Feb 2009 19:38 in reply to "RE[3]: can ms kill reactos"
matthekc Member since:
2006-10-28

That is the accusation that made them stop development look for offending code and remove any code that was close to offending. One the plus side in this huge code review React dev's squashed bugs and bad code.

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RE[4]: can ms kill reactos
by gilboa on Fri 6th Feb 2009 21:56 in reply to "RE[3]: can ms kill reactos"
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

From what I've heard it's not very clean room development. They look at the Windows binaries and basically derive the original source code from the assembler code.

That's basically just stealing other people's code.


A. I'd guess that you never tried to to debug anything meaningful in assembly. Hint: Trying to reverse engineer kernel32.dll by looking at the assembly dump is useless. (Especially given the fact that Win32 is fairly documented.)
B. AINAL, but at least according to the law in my country, the ReactOS can take you to court for your accusations, and unless you have a solid proof that your wild accusations are correct, they'll win.

- Gilboa

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RE[5]: can ms kill reactos
by fonebone on Fri 6th Feb 2009 22:58 in reply to "RE[4]: can ms kill reactos"
fonebone Member since:
2005-10-05

It is fairly easy to reconstruct something similar to the original source code. There are even tools that do it for you.

You seem a bit touchy on the subject, so I'm not going to take the flame bait and respond to arguments about the law in your country.

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