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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Purpose of ReactOS
by contextfree on Wed 20th Jan 2010 23:12 UTC in reply to "Hmmm"
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I think it's mostly just to give people interested in understanding more about the guts of NT/Windows something to poke around in. This is probably why the project is tacitly condoned by Microsoft* -- it's unlikely to actually cut into their revenue in any significant way, and having more alpha geeks interested in Windows is a benefit to them.

* The lead developers of ReactOS co-authored (with Mark Russinovich) the latest edition of the official book on Windows internals published by MS Press.

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