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[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by Megol on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 16:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
Megol
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2011-04-11

"It may be cheaper than real Windows, but is it penny wise, pound foolish?

Because I doubt they can get anywhere near the reliability of real Windows. If it turns out your application doesn´t work or starts to crash every weekend after 6 months of perfect excecution, can you ask your vendor to fix it? They´ll likely tell you to use Microsoft Windows instead.

If you can´t afford Windows you have to wonder if your business is going anywhere.

Just get applications that run on Linux.


The goal of ReactOS is to provide an open-source OS that can use Windows device drivers. (eg. for niche or custom hardware where porting the drivers to Linux isn't feasible)
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That's not the main reason, many people consider the Windows NT design to be very good and want it available as an Open Source[tm] version. That's the kernel and lower levels - I don't think there's anyone that likes Win32...

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by drcouzelis on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 16:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
drcouzelis Member since:
2010-01-11

That's not the main reason, many people consider the Windows NT design to be very good and want it available as an Open Source version.

Interesting, I never thought about it this way before but it makes a lot of sense. People who love the BeOS wanted to make the open source Haiku operating system, and people who love the Windows NT design want to make the open source ReactOS. I just never realized that there are people who love Windows NT. ;)

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by umccullough on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 18:34 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

I just never realized that there are people who love Windows NT. ;)


Having spent nearly 2 decades now using Windows NT (started with NT 3.1) - I actually think it started out as a pretty decent kernel/OS...

For me, the high point was probably Win2k - since then the user interface hasn't really improved that much for me, but I use Windows 7 daily on my work laptop and my personal workstation at home and find it pretty decent.

When (if?) ReactOS ever reaches parity with something like Win2k as far as functionality and application support, I might take a seriously take another look at it - assuming it had modern hardware support of course.

The problem with Win2k is that Microsoft eventually ended support for it, and it's therefore not secure. As a result, nobody still supports it as a target platform for applications. If ReactOS can provide a Win2k-like interface with WinXP software compatibility, I think they'll have something that people can (and will) use. The open source aspect of it makes all the difference I think.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by Marionumber1 on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 19:49 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
Marionumber1 Member since:
2014-01-22

It's not unusual or strange to like Windows NT. Even if you don't like the userspace, you have to admit that the kernel underneath is well-designed and reliable (and dare I say, better than Unix).

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