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[3]: Hmmm
by fireball on Mon 18th Jan 2010 18:19 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hmmm"
fireball
Member since:
2006-07-15

But, what does ReactOS offer that WINE (or the like) cannot solve? Or virtualization for that matter? Run XP/2000/98/95 in a VM and your problem is solved, for the most part.

Virtualization requires a valid license for the OS (including 98 and 95, they are not vaporware).

Wine is a compatibility layer, not an OS.

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RE[4]: Hmmm
by jgagnon on Mon 18th Jan 2010 18:23 in reply to "RE[3]: Hmmm"
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

Agreed, but there are many free operating systems on which you can run WINE. So I believe my question still stands.

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RE[5]: Hmmm
by wigry on Tue 19th Jan 2010 19:11 in reply to "RE[4]: Hmmm"
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2008-10-09

Imagine a small and minimalist OS which is there just to run Wine. I don't want to install full linux distro just to run wine. In addition, linux + wine are two different things and Wine is not well integrated with Linux.

Nice small well integrated system which sole purpose is to support hardware, run Wine and provide acceptable user experience is all I need with out myriad of config files and ReactOS with its seemless Wine layer is a perfect solution.

Edited 2010-01-19 19:13 UTC

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RE[5]: Hmmm
by Laurence on Tue 19th Jan 2010 22:03 in reply to "RE[4]: Hmmm"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Agreed, but there are many free operating systems on which you can run WINE. So I believe my question still stands.


Not really because other OSs don't have the full Windows-clone environment.

You can slap a Windows theme on a Linux distro running WINE, but that doesn't make it behave anything like Windows.

So what these guys are setting out is much much more than just coding an OS that runs a few Windows apps on an open source kernel.

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