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[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by Drumhellar on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 20:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
Drumhellar
Member since:
2005-07-12

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.



So, you aren't using 64-bit?

You don't want/need the security benefits that came after?

You aren't benefiting at all from the major reorganization of the system internals in the form of MinWin, which not only increases stability and performance, but makes tracking down and patching security vulnerabilities that much faster?

You could do without the performance improvements that come with the better scheduler that is more aware of modern multi-threaded and multi-core processor design?

What about the virtual memory improvements that allow newer OpenGL and DirectX texturing features to be implemented efficiently?

Or, do you think you should get all these new things for free, because you spent $100 14 years ago?

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by Kochise on Thu 23rd Jan 2014 06:11 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Yeah, I don't see where the problem is. Computers are still sold with their copy of Windows bundled to it.

Added security and stability, you mean Microsoft were discovering OS coding and dared to sell a half finished product ?

If your conception of software evolution is to pay for a security and bug ridden OS, then pay for its maintenance and bug fix, while you expected it to be "perfect" from day one.

Imagine buying a car, but it lack read doors, a safety wheel, brakes, etc then you have to buy a new car to get brakes, then a new car to get rear doors, then with metro they place the driver in the rear seat.

All of this in the name of evolution ?

What's the big difference between Office 97 and 365 ? You can still write letters, why preventing to run Office 97 on new version of Windows if not to turn you into a cash cow ?

Kochise

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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by shotsman on Thu 23rd Jan 2014 07:02 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

The majority of Computers for domestic use are still sold with their copy of Windows bundled to it.

There fixed it for you.
I can buy Computers with or without Windows, usually without but it is possible. Only if you are lazy in this day and age do you have to buy a PC with windows pre-loaded.

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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by Drumhellar on Thu 23rd Jan 2014 20:15 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Your analogy doesn't at all describe the situation with Windows you are complaining about. Your analogy is more a description of, say, buying Windows, but having to pay again for keyboard/mouse support

A more apt analogy would be you feel that the automaker should install, for free, a newly designed automatic parallel parking system into your 2001 Honda Civic.

When you purchased Windows XP 13 years ago, it was a known quantity, just as a 2001 Honda Civic was if you bought one 13 years ago. You are arguing that as technology improves after your purchase, all the engineering effort should be given to you after the fact, 13 years later.

If there are safety issues with your 2001 Civic - say, faulty door latch, the dealer is responsible for issuing recalls and repairing those faults - just as Microsoft has been patching and fixing bugs and security holes in XP for 14 years. But, you don't get major design or feature changes for free - Honda doesn't owe you a self-parking feature simply because new the new Prius has it.

What's the big difference between Office 97 and 365 ? You can still write letters, why preventing to run Office 97 on new version of Windows if not to turn you into a cash cow ?


You can still run Office '97 under Windows 2000, no? This isn't at all affected by newer versions of Windows or newer versions of Office. You don't think it's at all unreasonable to demand new features be given to you for a product you bought 15+ years ago?

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