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]: Waste of time
by diegoviola on Mon 18th Jan 2010 18:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Waste of time"
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ReactOS is a waste of time, people should just improve Linux/WINE

Linux is a waste of time, people should just improve BSD
BSD is a waste of time, people should just improve Unix
Unix is a waste of time, people should just improve VMS

(Let me guess, you use some flavor of Linux and find developers volunteering there time for non-Linux related projects downright offensive right?)

No, I am not an extremist like that, I do support other projects other than Linux, I also use BSD, and Windows when I have to. I am open to use whatever software in order to get done with the work, I use the best tool for the job and am neutral when it comes to software.

I really wish the best for ReactOS, and I hope they succeed, I would love to see a free implementation of Windows, and I would love if they work closely with the Wine team, I know having a free implementation of Windows will benefit everyone, I am just saying that they have very big envisions and goals and not enough man power. There is nothing wrong with that, but I'm afraid that if that continues to be the case, by the time they reach to the 1.0 stage, with the current man power they have, it will take a lot of time for them and it will be too late already because Windows will be much more ahead.

I hope I'm wrong though, and I hope they get more man power and succeed with their project.

And, the reasons for a win32 native alternative are probably just as valid today as when they motivated the starting of the ReactOS project. It'd be nice to be able to buy an OS from someone other than Microsoft just because one has to run some win32 app.

Sure, that would be great ;) .

Edited 2010-01-18 18:29 UTC

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RE[3]: Waste of time
by bhtooefr on Mon 18th Jan 2010 20:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Waste of time"
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Well, IIRC, 1.0 is when they're 100% compatible with NTOSKRNL 5.2 and 100% compatible with the current version of NT's userland.

My prediction is that 1.0 may never come, simply due to NT's userland being a moving target, but they might get something reasonably compatible.

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