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    Phoronix: ReactOS "Open-Source Windows" Making Progress On x86_64, Multi-Monitor

    ReactOS as the long-running open-source project striving for Windows ABI compatibility has been making some significant progress this summer on various endeavors...

    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...-Multi-Monitor

  • #2
    At least it is advancing more rapidly than the GNU Hurd.
    Yet it even has a USB support!

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    • #3
      At least it is advancing more rapidly than the GNU Hurd.
      I took a look at the Hurd's site to see how it's going and man, it looks dead AF
      So sad. It was an interesting project, after all!

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      • #4
        HURD is honestly way over-engineered and complex. Even the logo is complicated, lol. NT and modern Linux really hit a sweet spot in mediating monolithic kernel limitations and power with isolation and security, especially with eBPF on the way.
        Something like Singularity OS would have been even better, but as it stands, unless Fuchsia ever comes out, we're stuck with NT and Linux and can only rely on their advancements for further OS-level security. It reminds me of how people would say that older video games are so much more technically interesting because of all the hardware limitations developers had to overcome, we're seeing insane inventions like eBPF being implemented in both NT and Linux just to cope with the intentional and unintentional limitations of their architectures.
        And then in userland we have people saying widespread adoption of WASM on the desktop will lead to universal software containerization.
        Of course none of this matters if we're still using Intel chips since they're perpetually compromised.

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        • #5
          Awesome, perhaps in 15 years we finally have complete feature party with Windows XP!...
          Its a fun pet project of course, but its so insanely far behind the Windows 2000/XP kernel it was built around its going to be unusable for pretty much everything.
          Wine on Linux is the logical choice here to run Windows applications open source, because you actually have reliable drivers for it on modern systems.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Henk717 View Post
            Awesome, perhaps in 15 years we finally have complete feature party with Windows XP!...
            Its a fun pet project of course, but its so insanely far behind the Windows 2000/XP kernel it was built around its going to be unusable for pretty much everything.
            Wine on Linux is the logical choice here to run Windows applications open source, because you actually have reliable drivers for it on modern systems.
            Unless wine begin to support various Windows drivers, it would be mostly useless for a lot of workloads. Playing games and running office is not the only thing people need from Windows.
            For example you cannot run various security providers which rely on hardware keys with wine.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Henk717 View Post
              Awesome, perhaps in 15 years we finally have complete feature party with Windows XP!...
              I would prefer to get FLOSS Windows XP compatible OS in 15 years than not get it at all.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Henk717 View Post
                Awesome, perhaps in 15 years we finally have complete feature party with Windows XP!...
                Its a fun pet project of course, but its so insanely far behind the Windows 2000/XP kernel it was built around its going to be unusable for pretty much everything.
                Wine on Linux is the logical choice here to run Windows applications open source, because you actually have reliable drivers for it on modern systems.
                ...until you run into the anti-cheat software issue (some of them require access to very low-level routines which may involve kernel drivers...).

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by tildearrow View Post

                  ...until you run into the anti-cheat software issue (some of them require access to very low-level routines which may involve kernel drivers...).
                  You’ve spelled rootkit wrong.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dragon321 View Post
                    I would prefer to get FLOSS Windows XP compatible OS in 15 years than not get it at all.
                    So you can have a useless OS and run nothing on it? Ya, that makes a lot of sense.

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