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[2]: Hmmm
by jgagnon on Mon 18th Jan 2010 17:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Hmmm"
jgagnon
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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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RE[4]: Hmmm
by No it isnt on Mon 18th Jan 2010 18:01 in reply to "RE[3]: Hmmm"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Linux was fairly mature as a hobbyist OS before it was trying to be a 'better' anything. Its original ambitions were modest: a better hobbyist Unix than Minix. Soon, it became the de facto kernel for the GNU operating system, placing it firmly in the centre of Free and Open Source software development, and it started taking off.

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RE[4]: Hmmm
by nt_jerkface on Mon 18th Jan 2010 19:49 in reply to "RE[3]: Hmmm"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

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.".


Commercial Unix was a rip though and mostly RISC only.

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RE[4]: Hmmm
by bert64 on Mon 18th Jan 2010 20:31 in reply to "RE[3]: Hmmm"
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2007-04-23

The difference with unix, is that unix is much simpler and better documented...

Windows on the other hand is intentionally extremely complex and its inner working poorly documented, to make it difficult for third parties to create clones.

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RE[4]: Hmmm
by Kebabbert on Tue 19th Jan 2010 11:14 in reply to "RE[3]: Hmmm"
Kebabbert Member since:
2007-07-27

Actually, Linux is not made by someone, it is actually GNU. Stallmans vision decades ago. Linus stepped in and placed his kernel into GNU. Without the collective efforts of the GNU team, Linux would not have happened.

You make it sound like Linus developed GNU/Linux. But no, it was only his kernel. Someone builds the whole car except the engine, and is constructing the engine - when some teenager steps in and puts his shitty engine inside. Then that teenager gets all credit: "he constructed the car"? I dont get it.

As several people say, Linux is bloated and unstable. Some would say it is quite shitty compared to a real OS.

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