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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Bill Shooter of Bul
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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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Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

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.


Yeah, it's funny reading some of the MS developer perspectives on Windows history. There are a lot of historic bugs that they simply cannot fix, because defective or not, that bug has become a defacto part of their APIs, because fixing it would break third-party applications. So anyone trying to replicate the Windows APIs has to do the same...

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