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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RE: Hmmm
by fireball on Mon 18th Jan 2010 17:32 UTC in reply to "Hmmm"
fireball
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2006-07-15

I'm still trying to wrap my brain around what the ReactOS team's idea of "success" is. Windows, in its various flavors, is a good enough Windows, so why even go that direction? Improving on it ("a better Windows than Windows") just makes it less compatible so again, what would be the point? They can't possibly put as many resources into it as Microsoft does so they will always be behind


They used to say the same about Linux in ~1993.

But thanks for words of support!

Edited 2010-01-18 17:37 UTC

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RE[2]: Hmmm
by jgagnon on Mon 18th Jan 2010 17:39 in reply to "RE: Hmmm"
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2008-06-24

Except that Linux wasn't trying to be a better Windows... Better OS maybe, but not a clone+1.

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RE[3]: Hmmm
by fireball on Mon 18th Jan 2010 17:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Hmmm"
fireball Member since:
2006-07-15

Except that Linux wasn't trying to be a better Windows... Better OS maybe, but not a clone+1.

It was trying to be better than UNIX (obviously), which commercial flavors were prevailing back then. Noone really could believe that some enthuasist-made OS kernel could become mainstream in future. And I'm sure people were saying "who needs Linux? We have major commercial UNIX implementations, supported by hundreds of skilled people and companies with good reputation.".

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