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  • ReactOS Wants To Bring Open-Source Windows To The Cloud

    Phoronix: ReactOS Wants To Bring Open-Source Windows To The Cloud

    ReactOS, the open-source operating system that aims for Windows API compatibility with the Windows NT kernel and aims for binary compatibility with Windows drivers and programs, is now hoping to develop a commercial cloud distribution. While ReactOS hasn't gained much adoption and is still trailing in their Windows support, they are now looking to make Throium Core, an open-source Windows compatible operating system for the cloud...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTU3OTY

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    Looks like they may have finally found their niche in virtualization, allowing them to avoid the driver compatibility headaches. Be interesting to see more analysis on how well this works.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bnolsen View Post
      Looks like they may have finally found their niche in virtualization, allowing them to avoid the driver compatibility headaches. Be interesting to see more analysis on how well this works.
      The guys don't get it, like the Hurd guys, nobody's using it, why does anyone give a shit, it's been in development for 2 decades, and the worst part is the core idea of creating an open source windows clone.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mark45 View Post
        The guys don't get it, like the Hurd guys, nobody's using it, why does anyone give a shit, it's been in development for 2 decades, and the worst part is the core idea of creating an open source windows clone.
        Well, it worked for FreeDOS...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mark45 View Post
          The guys don't get it, like the Hurd guys, nobody's using it, why does anyone give a shit, it's been in development for 2 decades, and the worst part is the core idea of creating an open source windows clone.
          You don't get that they are open source developers. They think differently than developers that want to earn money from it. It's not about users using it, it's about the fun to do it. And maybe to do some things better than paid developers. It's a hobby.
          The ReactOS project wouldn't die if the kickstarter fails. The kickstarter project is only a boost to the project, so that developer are able to spend more of their free time to develop for their hobby.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mark45 View Post
            The guys don't get it, like the Hurd guys, nobody's using it, why does anyone give a shit, it's been in development for 2 decades, and the worst part is the core idea of creating an open source windows clone.
            I know a few people who have already stated they would jump at the chance to use ReactOS if it was ready. I would definitely try it, at least.

            Unlike (what seems like) 99% of the Linux community, I don't hate Windows. An Open-Source 100% compatible-with-windows clone would be heaven. ReactOS achieving binary compatibility with Windows XP is just the beginning as Vista/7 doesn't have TOO many changes on top of the XP SP3 structure (some core changes though, yes) so it should be easier to build a ReactOS-Vista and ReactOS-7 clones after the original one is finished.

            They've come pretty far and I'm really excited to see what they can do.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mark45 View Post
              The guys don't get it, like the Hurd guys, nobody's using it, why does anyone give a shit, it's been in development for 2 decades, and the worst part is the core idea of creating an open source windows clone.
              If nobody is giving a shit, then why do you clearly give a shit?
              Hypocrisy at its finest.

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              • #8
                I would certainly have a copy of ReactOS installed permanently, too. I enjoy all my old games, and ReactOS certainly runs well when it does but having XP installed always made me feel completely naked in a bar full of other-sexually orientated people looking for my wallet.

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                • #9
                  I agree there is a niche for ReactOS, like embedded devices that were made with WinXP back in the day, and soon they'll get no more updates. Same goes for old games/other software. Iirc they implemented some win7 features already for greater app compatibility. There is also the educational aspect of it (e.g. how to design an operating system that's not unix-like), and the huge code base serves as a stress test for stuff like compilers and other dev tools.
                  There's an interesting presentation by one of the devs if you have the time to watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVXt_dELZNo

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                  • #10
                    I would love to replace XP with ReactOS in my virtual box, if I could play every old game with it. Wine sucks on some...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Daktyl198 View Post
                      I know a few people who have already stated they would jump at the chance to use ReactOS if it was ready. I would definitely try it, at least.

                      Unlike (what seems like) 99% of the Linux community, I don't hate Windows. An Open-Source 100% compatible-with-windows clone would be heaven. ReactOS achieving binary compatibility with Windows XP is just the beginning as Vista/7 doesn't have TOO many changes on top of the XP SP3 structure (some core changes though, yes) so it should be easier to build a ReactOS-Vista and ReactOS-7 clones after the original one is finished.

                      They've come pretty far and I'm really excited to see what they can do.
                      Its like with the galium implementation of Dx3D, implementing a non standardised technique (even if is standardised its hard see OpenXML) that is very bad documented in its low region is like running the gauntlet: you try to chase the original implementer but you couldn't get him until he makes his next changes.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mark45 View Post
                        The guys don't get it, like the Hurd guys, nobody's using it, why does anyone give a shit, it's been in development for 2 decades, and the worst part is the core idea of creating an open source windows clone.
                        Your answer is best put bellow

                        I agree there is a niche for ReactOS, like embedded devices that were made with WinXP back in the day, and soon they'll get no more updates. Same goes for old games/other software. Iirc they implemented some win7 features already for greater app compatibility. There is also the educational aspect of it (e.g. how to design an operating system that's not unix-like), and the huge code base serves as a stress test for stuff like compilers and other dev tools.
                        There's an interesting presentation by one of the devs if you have the time to watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVXt_dELZNo

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                        • #13
                          On the one hand I think reactOS is a cool and clever idea
                          On the other, if the time didn't developing it was costed at legal minimum working salary then they could probably have bought Windows licences for everyone who uses it

                          I dont know too much about how reactors and wine are developed but I would hope there's a lot of cross fertilisation of ideas.

                          Overall what I'd really like is more effort on persuading commercial software vendors to make their software multi platform, and provide tools to help automate the process of porting code from Windows to Qt, or something.
                          Last edited by speculatrix; 01-23-2014, 03:32 AM. Reason: fixed Swypos

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by speculatrix View Post
                            I dont know too much about how reactors and wine are developed but I would hope there's a lot of cross fertilisation of ideas.
                            Their development is quite different. The former involves engineers and technicians, lots of blueprints, materials and hard hats. The latter involves grapes, soil, barrels, microorganisms and a lot of patience. Not a lot of ideas can be used in both.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by speculatrix View Post
                              I dont know too much about how reactors and wine are developed but I would hope there's a lot of cross fertilisation of ideas.
                              From what I remember, because of the way Wine is developed (to work on *nix systems) they can't share too much, but ReactOS has taken bits and pieces of code directly from Wine and used it as a supplement to their code until they can improve upon it or write something better from scratch.

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