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 Googol on Mon 18th Jan 2010 18:18 UTC in reply to "RE: Waste of time"
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I think you are way off the mark here. While you could argue for most things that double effort is wasted effort (to which I wouldn't light-heartedly sign up to re. your examples), all these projects you mentioned have actually produced some quality, usable code.

But with ReactOS, the waste really lies in that it has never gone anywhere - if I am not doing it great unjustice. I feel like having deja-vus for like a decade... everytime ReactOS gets a mention, I get the impression they got like 98% to go still. That's the difference, others may be wasteful, but they are getting somewhere nonetheless. Not that I care - just saying...

I accept I am doing ReactOS injustice if you were to tell me that actually, it will be as complete and usable as, say Ubuntu, within the next 2-3 years. Or else, yes, it is a waste of time that has been going on for a very long time. People can tinker with it, fine... only, maybe there comes the day where ReactOS news items are about as useful as Duke Nukem ones ;)

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Nuke'm for ever has yet to produce a playable alpha or beta yet. ReactOS current images are available for install, liveCD and prepackaged VMs.

My grief was really with the minimal thought one-liner suggesting that developers put there time elsewhere because the comment poster feels that the project is not moving ahead fast enough. It's a project I check up on about as frequently as the news articles about it hit the pages but I don't feel the personal justification to demand where developers spend there leisure time. Even if it's only increased the involved developer's understanding of win32 back end, that's a benefit.

It's much like the people who think that "Linux" (ignorantly meaning everything that happens to use the kernel) needs to be consolidated into a single master distribution before it will ever gain desktop retail success. They look at market share as if it somehow indicates more than the quality of one's marketing and sales teams. They assume that any distribution based on the kernel should be focusing on that one person's primary interest of retail measurements. As if the distributions and developers have some obligation owed to that one individual.

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