Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Apr 2009 07:53 UTC, submitted by Hentai
ReactOS The ReactOS team has pushed out version 0.3.9 of their Windows NT-compatible operating system. In case you're new to OSNews, the ReactOS project aims to create an operating system that's compatible with the Windows Server 2003 kernel and Vista's Win32. This new release brings a whole slew of improvements.
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RE[4]: Progress
by TBPrince on Mon 27th Apr 2009 10:31 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Progress"
TBPrince
Member since:
2005-07-06

I would add that, unlike other platforms, Microsoft is always assuring backward compatibility with previous versions (with a few exceptions). So Win32 target is good as start (though I think they moved from their original target - WindowsNT - to a newer one: Windows XP).

To me, the only real concern about this project is the whole legal platform: what would happen if they succeed in creating a WindowsXP clone? I hope they checked this before starting...

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RE[5]: Progress
by liamdawe on Mon 27th Apr 2009 12:35 in reply to "RE[4]: Progress"
liamdawe Member since:
2006-07-04

NT is behind XP, NT is the kernel they are targetting, you are getting mixed up.

They are targetting a newer NT kernel (the one around vista).

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RE[6]: Progress
by TBPrince on Mon 27th Apr 2009 12:57 in reply to "RE[5]: Progress"
TBPrince Member since:
2005-07-06

No, you got it wrong.

I wasn't referring to kernel only. ReactOS original target was WindowsNT (as a whole, meaning as level of supported platform). Windows is way more than a kernel only.

I read somewhere (maybe here on OSNews... can't remember) that they were shifting their target platform from WindowsNT to WindowsXP, again as a target platform, not kernel only.

That was a good decision, to me: WindowsNT platform is too old to be meaningful and WindowsXP is very old as well. I guess they switched when they decided to use Wine as a compatibility layer but of course this is just a speculation by me...

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RE[5]: Progress
by Lennie on Mon 27th Apr 2009 22:12 in reply to "RE[4]: Progress"
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2007-09-22

I have a feeling with Windows 7 now getting a Windows XP VM that backwards compatibility is going to be less in the next release.

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