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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Arwinss
by Xaero_Vincent on Tue 19th Jan 2010 03:13 UTC
Xaero_Vincent
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2006-08-18

I've glanced at the PDF. Arwinss will base its Win32 subsystem on Wine's. That is an obvious advantage but I still don't think it will help the project much.

Wine still isn't anywhere near perfect, although its excellent considering that the project is attempting to implement some 70,000 Win32 APIs, many with incomplete or no documentation. Wine may have support for most applications but the level of support varies greatly from poor to perfect.

The most troubling factor for the project is the fact that Windows will always be a better Windows than a clone and 95% of manufactured PCs already have it installed.

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RE: Arwinss
by draethus on Tue 19th Jan 2010 08:10 in reply to "Arwinss"
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2006-08-02

Wine is buggy and far from perfect, but the ReactOS userspace DLLs are apparently even worse, thus they're trying to go from the proverbial fire into the frying pan that is Wine.

But Wine isn't necessarily that far: 70000 APIs sounds like a lot, but 90% applications together use maybe 10% of those.

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