Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Apr 2014 15:38 UTC
Windows

It's finally here. After 12 years, 6 months, and 12 days on the market, Windows XP has hit its end of life. It will receive its last ever set of patches on Windows Update today, and for the most part, that will be that. Any flaws discovered from now on - and it's inevitable that some will be discovered - will never be publicly patched.

How bad is this going to be? It's probably going to be pretty bad. By some measures, about 28 percent of the Web-using public is still using Windows XP, and these systems are going to be ripe for exploitation.

I never liked Windows XP (I used BeOS during XP's early days, and Mac OS X and Linux during XP's later days), so I'm glad to see it go. This terrible operating system should have died out years ago.

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ReactOS's chance?
by charlieg on Tue 8th Apr 2014 18:01 UTC
charlieg
Member since:
2005-07-25

Since this is being ignored by OSNews, check out the IndieGoGo campaign and Community page:

http://community.reactos.org/

Edited 2014-04-08 18:02 UTC

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RE: ReactOS's chance?
by agentj on Tue 8th Apr 2014 21:13 in reply to "ReactOS's chance?"
agentj Member since:
2005-08-19

Add 3 more zeros to the requested amount, 100 experienced developers and you might get ReactOS finished. 50000 is going to support at most 15 full time developers for a month.

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RE: ReactOS's chance?
by Bobthearch on Tue 8th Apr 2014 21:29 in reply to "ReactOS's chance?"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

Are you suggesting that ReactOS has progressed to the point of being a drop-in replacement for Windows XP?
If so, submit the breaking news to OSNews yourself.

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RE: ReactOS's chance?
by Bobthearch on Wed 9th Apr 2014 16:44 in reply to "ReactOS's chance?"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

A bit OT, but I have a Community ReactOS question.
I see from your link that the developers are seeking feedback for which hardware should be supported.
Question: If the OS is Windows-compatible, why can't people simply use the Windows drivers and software packages supplied by the OEMs?

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RE[2]: ReactOS's chance?
by AmineKhaldi on Fri 11th Apr 2014 12:04 in reply to "RE: ReactOS's chance?"
AmineKhaldi Member since:
2011-03-28

We are not seeking feedback for which hardware should be supported, we're giving our community the option of driving the development of ReactOS towards full support of *their* favorite apps and drivers *first*
Eventually every single app and piece of hardware, that has a Windows driver, would be supported, but the key word here is *eventually* and that's what the Community Edition is mainly about.

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RE: ReactOS's chance?
by judgen on Thu 10th Apr 2014 11:02 in reply to "ReactOS's chance?"
judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

I know it is an opensource project, but professional voice acting costs about 10-50USD per hour (according to John C. Dvorak) in the US.

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RE: ReactOS's chance?
by AmineKhaldi on Fri 11th Apr 2014 12:00 in reply to "ReactOS's chance?"
AmineKhaldi Member since:
2011-03-28

In the frontpage of the ReactOS website w.r.t. the (R)evolution: "Where there is an end, there will be a beginning. Where time runs out for one, time starts for another."

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