Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2012 23:40 UTC, submitted by AmineKhaldi
ReactOS Oh ReactOS. This project has been with us for a very long time now, and since day one, I never really knew what to think of it. They always seem to be running at least 300 miles behind the Win32 bandwagon, but what they've accomplished so far is insanely impressive nonetheless. This new release comes with quite a lot of new stuff.
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Why?
by PieterGen on Wed 8th Feb 2012 13:25 UTC
PieterGen
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2012-01-13

Who needs ReactOs? I DO see the need for WINE, and I understand that WINE and ReactOs developers cooperate, which is a good thing.

But I can't see the need for ReactOs. If you need an OS to run Windows programs, why not use.. eh.. Windows?

Edit: in the longer run, the lack of safety of XP might be a problem. My solution would be to run it in a virtual box and kill that box (including all possible malware) when you're done.

So: favourite OS > Virtual Machine > XP > programs

Edited 2012-02-08 13:27 UTC

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RE: Why?
by orestes on Wed 8th Feb 2012 13:30 in reply to "Why?"
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2005-07-06

Licensing costs, licensing terms, or disgreements with recent design choices by Microsoft spring to mind immediately. There's also a significant case to be made for having the ability to modify the OS as needed and having multiple potential venues of support on a timetable that isn't controlled by a single corporation.

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RE[2]: Why?
by siride on Thu 9th Feb 2012 05:35 in reply to "RE: Why?"
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2006-01-02

Anyone for whom the licensing costs would be prohibitive will be a large enough organization to afford the licensing costs, especially when that cost is basically built into the price of modern PCs.

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RE: Why?
by Vanders on Wed 8th Feb 2012 14:33 in reply to "Why?"
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2005-07-06

ReactOS is to Windows as Linux is to UNIX. It's that simple.

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RE[2]: Why?
by ebasconp on Wed 8th Feb 2012 23:43 in reply to "RE: Why?"
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2006-05-09

ReactOS is to Windows as Linux is to UNIX. It's that simple.


Not as accurate; maybe fifteen years ago, but not now. Nowadays the leading Unix-like technology is being written in Linux before than being ported to the real UNIXes and BSDs. In several cases, the ports are second-class citizens because not all UNIXes implemented several things built in Linux (udev comes to my mind).

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RE: Why?
by TemporalBeing on Wed 8th Feb 2012 16:05 in reply to "Why?"
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2007-08-22

Who needs ReactOs? I DO see the need for WINE, and I understand that WINE and ReactOs developers cooperate, which is a good thing.


They do a bit more than cooperate. Without ReactOS, you wouldn't have Wine/WineHq.

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RE: Why?
by bogomipz on Wed 8th Feb 2012 16:53 in reply to "Why?"
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2005-07-11

The only need I have for Windows is to run proprietary VPN clients required when connecting to our customers' networks. This will never be possible with WINE. I currently run XP virtualized, but as someone else mentioned, this requires a license (just to connect to a VPN...)

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RE[2]: Why?
by fithisux on Wed 8th Feb 2012 20:15 in reply to "RE: Why?"
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2006-01-22

The only need I have for Windows is to run proprietary VPN clients required when connecting to our customers' networks.


The only need I have for Windows is to run current FOSS products. Addditionally some of them are windows only (miranda/infrarecorder/notepad++/cdrtfe/peazip/7zip) I wish they were cross-platform.

There are linux equivalents, but on windows some of them are really nice.In any case I wouldn't lose my sleep if windows went down tomorrow. I am usually on my linux desktop but ReactOS is a good FOSS home for this FOSS work.

If Firefox/Libreoffice/Erlang/Sharpdevelop and some other MSVC only FOSS were buidable with mingw on ReactOS, the world would be a better place.

I would have no problem to run ReactOS on a VM (but I need a new HW/ currently on a D510 atom with opensuse 12.1_x86-64)

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RE: Why?
by boxy on Wed 8th Feb 2012 21:00 in reply to "Why?"
boxy Member since:
2011-06-20

Who needs ReactOs? I DO see the need for WINE, and I understand that WINE and ReactOs developers cooperate, which is a good thing.

But I can't see the need for ReactOs. If you need an OS to run Windows programs, why not use.. eh.. Windows?

To answer the question of why:

1) Why not
2) Just because
3) No licensing costs
4) Open source implementation
4a) Not just of another *nix, but a completely different kernel
5) Binary compatibility meaning any existing drivers should 'just work'
6) Educational value
7) Do I really need to keep going?

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RE[2]: Why?
by siride on Thu 9th Feb 2012 05:36 in reply to "RE: Why?"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

Yes, you really should keep going. Unless you were making a joke, that list was not at all convincing.

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RE: Why?
by bebop on Thu 9th Feb 2012 02:33 in reply to "Why?"
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2009-05-12

Why would you come to a site that's main purpose is to talk about operating systems (alternatives in particular) and then ask why we are talking about an operating system?

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RE[2]: Why?
by zima on Tue 14th Feb 2012 23:45 in reply to "RE: Why?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't think he really asked that - more like wondered what's the point of that particular project (which falls under "talking about an OS"), a perfectly valid question and to which answers seem to be... vague.

Anyway, in regards to "a site that's main purpose is to talk about operating systems (alternatives in particular)" ...I don't know, have you seen the main page lately, how many news are about alternative OS in particular? (note I don't count Android, or Linux in general, as such)
Indy OS scene seems mostly dead ...seems it was a relatively short burst before people gave up / fully accepted the field is largely delineated already / it got boring.

Edited 2012-02-15 00:05 UTC

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