Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Jun 2009 22:20 UTC
ReactOS ReactOS, the project to create a Windows NT-compatible operating system, has published another news update with some interesting news items. The legal position of the ReactOS Foundation has been strengthened, and now has a VeriSign certificate that might help other open source projects as well, the new ATA driver is more or less complete, and there's some progress in the area of video drivers.
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RE: Waste of time
by gedmurphy on Sat 6th Jun 2009 09:34 UTC in reply to "Waste of time"
gedmurphy
Member since:
2005-12-23

The NT design is very strong and the fundementals haven't changed since the days of cutler.

Unless Microsoft drop the NT architecture, then reactos will always be relevant.

The inner workings of Windows 7 aren't all that different from windows XP. Once reactos has a stable base the extra work to get Vista/win7 only software to work will include adding any new API's (some of which reactos already supports) and adding support for the new driver model.

So, the moving target reactos is chasing isn't moving quite as fast as people believe.

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RE[2]: Waste of time
by dagw on Sat 6th Jun 2009 18:13 in reply to "RE: Waste of time"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

Unless Microsoft drop the NT architecture, then reactos will always be relevant.

On the contrary, Microsoft dropping NT would make ReactOS more relevant than ever. There will be vital code written for NT running for decades to come. Once ReactOS becomes the only windows 2000/XP compatible OS with drivers for the latest hardware and with regular updates it will take off in a massive way.

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RE[3]: Waste of time
by B12 Simon on Mon 8th Jun 2009 10:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Waste of time"
B12 Simon Member since:
2006-11-08

Agreed. We still have NT4 boxes in production. A working ReactOS would give us another option (one under active development) next time the racks get short or space (or audited).

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RE[2]: Waste of time
by kaiwai on Sat 6th Jun 2009 21:00 in reply to "RE: Waste of time"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

The NT design is very strong and the fundementals haven't changed since the days of cutler.


Fundamentals haven't change - you need to look at where they verred off course in 4.0 for the sake of speed as a prime example of what happens when management start to get involved with things they know nothing about or make decisions that are dogmatically driven based on 'market research' rather than the right course of action based on a long term perspective.

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