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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

  • profoundWHALE
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    The biggest issue I have with ReactOS currently is the graphics/display. But, it does work, which is surprising considering my time with Windows not working.

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  • Daktyl198
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    Originally posted by Mike Frett View Post
    You're seeing something different than me then. I find that most Linux users use Windows 99% of the time and simply keep Linux around for bragging rights. Most of them aren't serious about Open Source at all. They've used Windows all their life, so Microsoft's goal of locking them in is complete. I'm one of the few that broke free from Microsoft after 15 years of use.

    October 2012: I made up my mind that I didn't need Microsoft anymore. After years of tinkering with Linux, like many still do, I found that it had become a real alternative to Windows. I just didn't want to deal with Virus and Malware anymore and I was tired of feeling like I was being "watched". In 2013 I found that I wasn't insane and has every right to think I was being watched as the truth came out about the NSA and backdoors in Windows.

    My switch was like Smoking, it was simply an addiction. Before I switched I checked my Hardware and found replacements for my Software; switching was a piece of cake after that. After a full install I installed the GPU driver, which was simple point and click, and I was finished. After I installed Software via the Ubuntu Software Center I felt right at home, and Steam was right around the corner; what an excellent time to switch from Windows.

    The problem? I'm in the minority. Most people are too addicted and afraid of change to switch from Windows. Even if there was proof of a Back door or something that put users at serious risk; people still wouldn't switch. What you see now is what it will always be unless OEMs install Linux by default, the only way to make people switch is by force and I welcome that day. My 60 year old Mother now uses Linux, if she can do it, anyone can. No more redundant excuses, no more rationalizing.

    As for ReactOS, there just isn't a need for it anymore. While I was still using Windows I thought I would use it if it was completed, but now that I use Linux, I see no real need for it. But more power to them, it's a nice experiment.
    While I said I don't hate Windows, that doesn't mean I use it very often. I've gone into the Windows partition on my HDD about 10 times in 2013, none of the trips lasting more than a couple hours.
    I simply enjoy Linux so much more. Especially with Cinnamon as a DE. Before it was announced, I had a choice of DE's I wasn't particularly fond of... I've since come to terms with all of the DEs I've ever tried, but Cinnamon continues to simply be my favorite.

    ReactOS is definitely one of the more "doing this for fun" "experiments", but I can definitely see real-world benefits from having an Open-Source Windows XP/7 compatible OS out there while we're trying to push the benefits of Linux.

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  • speculatrix
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    Originally posted by Mike Frett View Post
    I'm one of the few that broke free from Microsoft after 15 years of use.

    October 2012: I made up my mind that I didn't need Microsoft anymore
    your life mirrors mine... long ago at a previous job I had a windows desktop and the hard drive failed. Part of my job was administering unix and linux servers, and a colleague used linux as his desktop. I decided to start making the switch so when I rebuilt the computer it was dual boot and I was determined to try and not need linux. Since then, Windows is something I only boot out of necessity. Since then it's become easier and easier to live with linux as your only desktop OS.

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  • speculatrix
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    Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
    No, that's just Phoronix having a 1-minute edit limit to deter spambots.
    I don't think it's that. I could see the edit button for the comment you replied to, but now it's gone, and it's been a fair time; the previous comment is also uneditable too.

    Ah, if I click on edit, and then change the URL to reference the previous comment, I get this:

    Code:
               The administrator has specified that you can only edit messages for 5 minutes
               after you have posted. This limit has expired, so you must contact the 
               administrator to make alterations on your message
    Last edited by speculatrix; 01-23-2014, 08:35 AM.

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  • Mike Frett
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    Blindness

    Originally posted by Daktyl198 View Post
    Unlike (what seems like) 99% of the Linux community, I don't hate Windows.
    You're seeing something different than me then. I find that most Linux users use Windows 99% of the time and simply keep Linux around for bragging rights. Most of them aren't serious about Open Source at all. They've used Windows all their life, so Microsoft's goal of locking them in is complete. I'm one of the few that broke free from Microsoft after 15 years of use.

    October 2012: I made up my mind that I didn't need Microsoft anymore. After years of tinkering with Linux, like many still do, I found that it had become a real alternative to Windows. I just didn't want to deal with Virus and Malware anymore and I was tired of feeling like I was being "watched". In 2013 I found that I wasn't insane and has every right to think I was being watched as the truth came out about the NSA and backdoors in Windows.

    My switch was like Smoking, it was simply an addiction. Before I switched I checked my Hardware and found replacements for my Software; switching was a piece of cake after that. After a full install I installed the GPU driver, which was simple point and click, and I was finished. After I installed Software via the Ubuntu Software Center I felt right at home, and Steam was right around the corner; what an excellent time to switch from Windows.

    The problem? I'm in the minority. Most people are too addicted and afraid of change to switch from Windows. Even if there was proof of a Back door or something that put users at serious risk; people still wouldn't switch. What you see now is what it will always be unless OEMs install Linux by default, the only way to make people switch is by force and I welcome that day. My 60 year old Mother now uses Linux, if she can do it, anyone can. No more redundant excuses, no more rationalizing.

    As for ReactOS, there just isn't a need for it anymore. While I was still using Windows I thought I would use it if it was completed, but now that I use Linux, I see no real need for it. But more power to them, it's a nice experiment.

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  • GreatEmerald
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    Originally posted by speculatrix View Post
    hmm, I can't edit that post. I wonder if that's because it's been replied to? Never mind.
    No, that's just Phoronix having a 1-minute edit limit to deter spambots.

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  • speculatrix
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    Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
    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.
    tee hee.

    I use Swype on my phone and I usually spot when it autocorrects things, and add common technical jargon to its dictionary. I missed it correcting ReactOS to reactors. I will go edit.



    hmm, I can't edit that post. I wonder if that's because it's been replied to? Never mind.
    Last edited by speculatrix; 01-23-2014, 07:09 AM.

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  • mark45
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    Originally posted by BSDude View Post
    Your answer is best put bellow
    That "niche" is so small that it's not worth mentioning ReactOS news in the first place, its market share isn't larger than Russia's ELBRUS OS or some other OS of some other country.

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  • Daktyl198
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    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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