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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I just came up with a good idea
by destraht on Sun 7th Jun 2009 18:49 UTC
destraht
Member since:
2006-08-07

In the future there could be a package or wizard in Linux distros that will create a partition and bootloader option for ReactOS. There are many options for integrating ReactOS into Linux. After everything is installed into the partition the user could launch ReactOS using KVM (Kernel Virtual Management) if the user wanted to run programs that don't require much complicated video or special things. If the user wanted a full on Windows experience then the user could reboot and choose ReactOS as boot loader option. Then once in this pure Windows environment the user could have access to the Linux filesystem and possibly load up Linux in a virtual environment. Perhaps a special driver would be needed for the ReactOS to Linux integration. That driver or configuration could be pre-installed or pre-integrated by the Linux distro.

So what I'm thinking is that when running the Ubuntu package manager or whatever you check the ReactOS box and then click Apply. ReactOS is downloaded from Ubuntu Repos and when it is done a dialog comes down asking you to configure some options and levels of integration. When you finish you have a super sweet Windows environment that is integrated in two directions in all kinds of cool ways.

Hell ya this would be sweet. Maybe we could have something like this is 4 years? What do you guys think?

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Sounds good actually, but it'd require modifications to application menus, or an additional panel application to get some integration with virtual OS. It sure would be nice to have a few new menu entries whenever the VM was running: configure, browse disk, copy to/from clip board (even better would be to automatize that), synchronize calendar/mail/address book/etc.

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destraht Member since:
2006-08-07

Maybe some of these things could be done with a small TCP/IP server/client between the two OSs? Perhaps the same program code source could run on either OS depending which way you were virtualizing?

Then in the Windows software Add/Remove menu there would be a program called "Ubuntu Integration".

Keep the dream alive people!

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