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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It's about XP support going away
by andrewclunn on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 14:50 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
andrewclunn
Member since:
2012-11-05

It's not about, "I can't afford Windows!" It's about machines that can't run Windows 7, or applications that are XP compatible, but won't run under Vista or above.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Last time I tried ReactOs, it couldn't run any of my win 98, win 2k, or win xp programs. I'll give it another whirl soon as it would be awesome if it did. I don't really expect it to, but its always fun to try. As others have said, its a really difficult thing they are trying to do, regardless of what you think their goal actually is.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Last time I tried ReactOs, it couldn't run any of my win 98, win 2k, or win xp programs. I'll give it another whirl soon as it would be awesome if it did. I don't really expect it to, but its always fun to try. As others have said, its a really difficult thing they are trying to do, regardless of what you think their goal actually is.

Even more difficult considering that it's not enough to simply implement the Windows APIs. They're also going to have to recreate each and every bug in those APIs be they in the kernel, libraries, or UI. So many applications in Windows, including Microsoft's own, rely on undocumented bugs and shortcuts in the various Windows APIs that no amount of implementing the documented standard is going to get them close to a working Windows replacement.

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

What machines would those be exactly? because here at the shop I've got to try Win 7 on just about every piece of kit that will still be even slightly usable and haven't had any troubles running it yet.

for examples...socket 758 sempron 1.8Ghz, we are talking eleven year old hardware here, with 1Gb of RAM and an 80Gb IDE drive? Ran Windows 7 just fine, in fact the only hang ups involved websites with bloated code like FB. Socket 478 Intel Celeron 2Ghz, this is a SERIOUSLY gimped chip as losing the cache on the P4 crippled the hell out of Netburst, again paired with 1gb of RAM which frankly any board past 2002 ought to be able to support? Ran just fine after the Celery had time to load to desktop. what can I say, the netburst was a dog and the Celery netburst a lame dog but that is true no matter what OS you ran.

So I really don't know what systems you are talking about as the few i found which actually couldn't run Win 7? Were frankly so damned old you honestly wouldn't want to keep them anyway. as for programs? Considering I had to talk to many of these companies when my customers switched a LOT, a damned lot of them IMHO, purposely withheld support to try to make you buy a new version for quite a bit of cash. the one that first comes to mind is Quickbooks where they had coded the XP version to run ONLY if you have Flash 7 (badly out of date even when it was released) and talking to reps they made it clear they considered shelling out hundreds for a new version as a "fix" for their own shitty coding.

If that is the case with you? There are several programs that will let you run XP as a VM and you get the benefits, 10 years of support, better memory and CPU management, and better security, without being trapped on an older version because some critical app just won't run.

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