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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RE: They are far, far behind
by znby on Thu 9th Feb 2012 13:44 UTC in reply to "They are far, far behind"
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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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