Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 13:54 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
ReactOS

I'm not exactly a fan of reporting on Kickstarter projects, but I guess I can't really ignore this one any longer.

Thorium Core is a commercial distribution of ReactOS, the Open Source Windows compatible operating system, targeted for cloud computing

Thorium Core is an attempt to build a commercial operating system and cloud services platform, based on ReactOS, which is an Open Source implementation of the NT architecture seen in modern versions of Windows.

It would seem that cloning Windows NT - in the end a neverending chase while wearing a stone around your neck and with your feet glued to a concrete block on Jupiter - is no longer a reasonable future goal. I kind of have my doubts about this project, but as always - major credit for trying.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by charlieg on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 14:36 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
charlieg
Member since:
2005-07-25

If you canĀ“t afford Windows you have to wonder if your business is going anywhere.

You're right.

Everybody, either pay up the MS tax or get lost!

Or........... not. ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by bassbeast on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 18:50 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Ya know I REALLY get sick of that "MS Tax" bullshit. The lifespan on Windows is TEN YEARS and the cost? Home is around $80, pro $130 and it has been for ages.

If you are so poor that $8 a year is too rich for your blood? Then frankly you shouldn't be using Windows anyway as its doubtful you'll be able to afford any programs for it. in that case you are welcome to learn Linux and save the $8, but to call $8 a year a "tax" for a full decade's worth of patches and a couple service packs? Sorry but there is foolish and there is plain whacko, that falls into the latter in my book.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by umccullough on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 19:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Ya know I REALLY get sick of that "MS Tax" bullshit. The lifespan on Windows is TEN YEARS and the cost? Home is around $80, pro $130 and it has been for ages.


Usually, "MS Tax" refers to the situation where you cannot purchase a computer without Windows - even if you don't ever plan to run Windows on it.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by Kochise on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 19:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

So true that in fact I bought 4 OEM licenses, 1x 2000 Pro, 1x 2000 Pro + XP Pro (dual), 2x Win 7 Pro.

The problem is the new scheme of having a "new" version of Windows every two years.

Comparing Windows 2000 to 7 is to me only a cosmetic aspect, they could have maintained 2000, add Windows transparency (it does have it), better OpenGL support, hyperthreading support, new stuff and such.

Globally, Windows 2000 covers almost every of my needs.

Kochise

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by charlieg on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 21:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
charlieg Member since:
2005-07-25

I have a new plan.

You and millions of others pay ME $8 a year, because, well, you're too poor to exist if you can't do it.

I'm off to live on the beaches! CYA SUCKER!

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by unclefester on Thu 23rd Jan 2014 02:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

In some countries $130 is more than a months salary for a white collar worker.

There is a lot of free (as in no cost) and donated academic and technical software that only runs on Windows. This software is unlikely to ever be ported to Linux.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by allanregistos on Mon 27th Jan 2014 03:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
allanregistos Member since:
2011-02-10

Ya know I REALLY get sick of that "MS Tax" bullshit. The lifespan on Windows is TEN YEARS and the cost? Home is around $80, pro $130 and it has been for ages.

If you are so poor that $8 a year is too rich for your blood? Then frankly you shouldn't be using Windows anyway as its doubtful you'll be able to afford any programs for it. in that case you are welcome to learn Linux and save the $8, but to call $8 a year a "tax" for a full decade's worth of patches and a couple service packs? Sorry but there is foolish and there is plain whacko, that falls into the latter in my book.


The prices you put are totally misleading!
$130 for a pro version is OEM, that is, the license will going to die with the machine, so you need another $130 > $200 if your computer hardware will stop working. Most desktop yesteryears have a lifespan of 3 years, now it is going to take a long time at least up to 7 years(same reason why PC sales is declining). So in the lifespan of Windows for 10 years you need to pay for it two to three times. Unless you are willing to pay for the premium FPP which is I think more than 300% more expensive than the OEM version.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Mon 27th Jan 2014 23:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Home is around $80, pro $130 and it has been for ages.

The price isn't so low when transferred to other currencies (as a rule of thumb, remember that "luxury" products are more expensive in absolute amounts, not less, the more impoverished a given place is)

That said, "MS Tax" is largely BS...

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