Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Jan 2010 16:06 UTC, submitted by fireball
ReactOS The ReactOS project aims to be an open source Windows NT-compatible operating system which can run Windows applications and utilise Windows drivers. Obviously, this is quite a daunting task, and as such, progress has been relatively slow. As a result, project coordinator and kernel developer Aleksey Bragin has proposed a rather drastic solution.
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Linux? Where did you get that idea from? Did you read the article?

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n.l.o Member since:

Thanks for bringing this interesting development to our attention Thom. I have to admit that in my ignorance I assumed that ReactOS was already using the WINE code in this manner.

Hopefully this will kick start a new era of ReactOS usability.

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Jondice Member since:

I admit I also thought that was the case; from the sound of the presentation it seems like they were using some old wine code and not as extensively as they are now suggesting.

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jjezabek Member since:

(Disclaimer: this is how I understand the situation, I might be wrong;) )

They already use lots of current Wine code, e.g. for most of their user-mode stuff. So they don't write their own versions of common dialogs, COM components, etc., as this would be a lot of duplicated effort. Instead they import the Wine code, and they do this quite often.

What Aleksey writes about is win32k, which is the kernel mode part of Win32. This is currently written by the ReactOS guys, using some Wine code, but mainly focused on Windows compatibility. Sadly it takes an insane amount of work, and that's why Aleksey proposed a 'shortcut', which would be significantly different from the Windows architecture, but which would give a system that's usable now and that can profit from the improvements made upstream (i.e. Wine's win32k).

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diegoviola Member since:

So this is a "Lets just use Wine as the Linux folks are already doing it and lets focus in our Windows compatible kernel."

The only benefit I see from this is that there will be an open source Windows compatible kernel (ReactOS kernel) where you will be able to run the Windows drivers and apps through Wine.

But Linux is already a stable platform to run Windows apps (through Wine) and the Linux drivers work just fine.

Edited 2010-01-18 20:01 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

Yes, I read the article, where did you make it clear that this would be running on top of a ReactOS kernel?

Do articles about water tell you water is wet?

Do I seriously have to start adding into articles about about alternative operating systems "This does not use the Linux kernel"? Is that what we've come to?

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