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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They are far, far behind
by twitterfire on Wed 8th Feb 2012 15:10 UTC
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2008-09-11

There are at least 6 years since I discovered this project. I hoped that they'll close the gap but they were always far behind Windows. Windows is a moving target and even if they'll come up with a fully functional Windows XP alternative, by that time Windows 9 or maybe 10 will be released and will have very little in common with NT 5.1/ Windows XP.

I don't know why this project makes very little progress. Look at Haiku and BeOs. Haiku not only reached BeOs compatibility but even surpassed old BeOs in terms of quality.

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RE: They are far, far behind
by zima on Wed 8th Feb 2012 15:40 in reply to "They are far, far behind"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

More love? (towards lost darling, BeOS)

Whereas with ReactOS... not only the original is around and doing fine, I guess most of the potential "in love" devs aren't that much into OSS and/or would rather aim to work at Microsoft.

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RE: They are far, far behind
by ebasconp on Thu 9th Feb 2012 00:07 in reply to "They are far, far behind"
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2006-05-09

I don't know why this project makes very little progress.


You cannot compare having a bunch of passionated, skilled but volunteer developers that dedicate some of their spare time reverse-engineering Windows and writing ReactOS with having hundredths of full-time employees that have all the internal APIs well documented.

I think that ReactOS should look at the amazing system they have implemented, starting to make it stable with the features it has right now and start to grow in its own direction; South America, Africa and all the developing countries would be nice markets for OSes like this.

Getting the level of functionality that Windows has (that reinvents itself every 4 or 5 years) is just an unreachable utopia.

Edited 2012-02-09 00:08 UTC

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RE: They are far, far behind
by znby on Thu 9th Feb 2012 13:44 in reply to "They are far, far behind"
znby Member since:
2012-02-03

Windows is a moving target and even if they'll come up with a fully functional Windows XP alternative, by that time Windows 9 or maybe 10 will be released and will have very little in common with NT 5.1/ Windows XP.


If anything, this is one of the reasons why ReactOS is desirable. There's a huge amount of software that runs on Windows XP, and a lot of people (particularly in the business world) are dependent on the OS behaving/operating in a particular way. Newer versions of Windows are changing a lot, and this has caused problems in the past (and will continue to do so) so it would make sense to have an open OS that will be available/supported after MS finally kills off XP.

At the same time, you could argue that by the time ReactOS is usable, WINE will probably cover most bases, and that people may have moved on from XP. Even then, it will still be relevant in the way FreeDOS is.

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