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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DerGenosse
Member since:
2010-01-11

1. Create a problem that doesn't exist (i.e. the need for a Windows clone).
2. Find a sucky solution that somehow, kind of works after using lots of duct tape (i.e. ReactOS).
3. Let the project die a slow death (they're still working on that).

There are too many clowns today who do Open Source just for the sake of Open Source.

Edited 2010-01-18 17:17 UTC

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ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

are you calling "clowns" to people that are far smarter than you?

could you please enlighten us and telling us what are the wonderful things you created?

at least, are you a great developer of commercial software able to bash the work of open source developers showing your superior work?

come on man, if you do not like the way they work, respect them because of the work they do.

Edited 2010-01-18 18:54 UTC

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DerGenosse Member since:
2010-01-11

could you please enlighten us and telling us what are the wonderful things you created?


Ah! Well, here's the thing: I don't need to have created anything to criticize something. It's always the cheapest cop-out, especially in the world of Open Source, that random people suddenly ask for your developer credentials as soon as you criticize an Open Source project. Most software is made for *users*, and if some Open Source sissy can't take criticism, he should stay out of the kitchen.

at least, are you a great developer of commercial software able to bash the work of open source developers showing your superior work?


I'm not. And I don't have to be one. Because I didn't in any way criticize the *quality* of ReactOS.

come on man, if you do not like the way they work, respect them because of the work they do.


Oh, you got that wrong. I disrespect them precisely because of their work. It's redundant. It's irrelevant. If I want Windows, I buy Windows. A fully function-complete clone of even XP/2003 is IMO a sweet, fleeting dream.

Sure, every Open Source developer is free to work on whatever she wants. But given the fact that Open Source on the whole misses good developers, it's more of a disservice to the community to dabble in meaningless pet projects.

Feel free to disagree with me, though.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Nobody "needed" a clone of UNIX either, but we have several.

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earksiinni Member since:
2009-03-27

Hmm, can anyone confirm whether this comment broke/set the record for downvotes?

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DerGenosse Member since:
2010-01-11

The truth hurts.

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