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    Phoronix: ReactOS 0.3.16 Starts A SHELL32 Rewrite, New Features

    ReactOS, the open-source operating system project aspiring for Windows API compatibility and binary compatibility with Windows drivers and applications, is out with a new release after nearly one year of development...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTU5NDI

  • #2
    Isn't $120K with 2 weeks left a bit too much?

    Besides, why not just use Windows instead of ReactOS? I don't see myself running Photoshop in it... Not even a Creative Cloud...

    (Yes, there's always GIMP but I'm talking about professional applications. Think AutoCAD and Microsoft Office. Some may work in WINE but some may not.)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by GraysonPeddie View Post
      Besides, why not just use Windows instead of ReactOS? I don't see myself running Photoshop in it... Not even a Creative Cloud...
      Because it should theoretically achieve the same performance, while being FOSS ?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by GraysonPeddie View Post
        Isn't $120K with 2 weeks left a bit too much?

        Besides, why not just use Windows instead of ReactOS? I don't see myself running Photoshop in it... Not even a Creative Cloud...

        (Yes, there's always GIMP but I'm talking about professional applications. Think AutoCAD and Microsoft Office. Some may work in WINE but some may not.)
        Exactly to be able to run AutoCAD or Photoshop. Recently they found out trunk is able to run Photoshop and Office 2003, BTW.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mrugiero View Post
          Exactly to be able to run AutoCAD or Photoshop. Recently they found out trunk is able to run Photoshop and Office 2003, BTW.
          It's all commendable but hardly practical. Home user is more likely to switch to Linux than to ReactOS. (After all if you're unsatisfied with Windows why would you migrate to a Windows wannabe OS?) And enterprise is choke full of legacy software relying on legacy APIs or undocumented features so ReactOS would have to be a carbon copy of Windows, a perfect drop-in replacement. I doubt that it's an achievable goal.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by prodigy_ View Post
            It's all commendable but hardly practical. Home user is more likely to switch to Linux than to ReactOS. (After all if you're unsatisfied with Windows why would you migrate to a Windows wannabe OS?)
            While it's true they are more likely to switch to Linux (in part because it's not advisable to use an alpha quality OS), being unsatisfied with Windows might be due to different reasons, and not necessarily disliking the base concepts of it, or the APIs. The applications are a big point for Windows, and ReactOS aims to be compatible there. Also, one might dislike Windows for being closed source alone, or dislike the new path it's taking (the whole forcing Metro they seem to be trying to make, for example). ReactOS focus is right now in Windows 2003, and although this may change (and I think they will eventually aim at Windows 7, when they are more mature), I highly doubt they will go on and try to implement Metro.

            And enterprise is choke full of legacy software relying on legacy APIs or undocumented features so ReactOS would have to be a carbon copy of Windows, a perfect drop-in replacement. I doubt that it's an achievable goal.
            Maybe it is unachievable, but that's what they aim to do.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by GraysonPeddie View Post
              Besides, why not just use Windows instead of ReactOS?
              Why wen use Linux and not an original UNIX? I Like the Idea about FOSS and a FOSS Windows would be awesome. You has all the benefits from Windows and the benefits that which brings FOSS.

              I hope that they finish the NT Kernel in the Next time. Currently the pnp and memory management are coustom code.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mrugiero View Post
                Maybe it is unachievable, but that's what they aim to do.
                Indeed, many great feats are done by first aiming at the unachievable, though the original aims are often never reached, the effort often produced things that mean a lot. Thomas Edison had set off to invent an electrical light source, his greatest success was an incandescent lightbulb that had only a short lifetime, but it has also set a basis for the bulbs we use today which can last for years.

                Btw they have gone far enough that compatibility with windows isn't hopeless anymore, I still think they will lag behind the contemporary window by nearly a decade when they finally become compatible, but who knows, their team has impressed people and any beyond our expectation a few times already. So let's hope for the best

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                • #9
                  I don't really care much for ReactOS, but I hope they contribute a lot back up to Wine.

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                  • #10
                    I hope much as possible goes back to Wine

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by doom_Oo7 View Post
                      Because it should theoretically achieve the same performance, while being FOSS ?
                      "Theoretically" is a wonderful word. But when it comes to software development, it tends to have little resemblance to reality...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Nille View Post
                        Why wen use Linux and not an original UNIX? I Like the Idea about FOSS and a FOSS Windows would be awesome. You has all the benefits from Windows and the benefits that which brings FOSS.

                        I hope that they finish the NT Kernel in the Next time. Currently the pnp and memory management are coustom code.
                        I thinks its because of the culture that disseminate about GPL. other unix didnt use gpl. its bad to contribute to something that someone maybe will use or sell without your permission or contribution.

                        what benefits windows have? until now it only play games. maybe this will change in the future.

                        its a open world. you want a FOSS windows? ok. but i think that will be better if all the efforts turn to bring the linux or hurd the most advanced system in the world.

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                        • #13


                          For anyone who hasn't seen it, "Why ReactOS?" @ 7:19-10:46

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Thaodan View Post
                            I hope much as possible goes back to Wine
                            Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                            I don't really care much for ReactOS, but I hope they contribute a lot back up to Wine.
                            They contribute as much as it's useful for WINE, but they mostly focus in the pieces WINE lacks (and not only lacks, but doesn't need) because of having a different aim. In WINE, most low level features are actually wrappers for the other OSes features. They mostly share user land applications and the Win32 API, and they do contribute back in those areas if they find bugs.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by busukxuan View Post
                              Indeed, many great feats are done by first aiming at the unachievable, though the original aims are often never reached, the effort often produced things that mean a lot. Thomas Edison had set off to invent an electrical light source, his greatest success was an incandescent lightbulb that had only a short lifetime, but it has also set a basis for the bulbs we use today which can last for years.

                              Btw they have gone far enough that compatibility with windows isn't hopeless anymore, I still think they will lag behind the contemporary window by nearly a decade when they finally become compatible, but who knows, their team has impressed people and any beyond our expectation a few times already. So let's hope for the best
                              Thomas Edison was the Steve Jobs of his time -- invented nothing, stole everything -- just a marketing man, really. The lightbulb was invented by Joseph Swan.

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