(More Ranting) ReactOS
Posted by Zerin
OK next on my list of Operating systems that burn me is ReactOS. This is the goal of this project,
“to provide an operating system which is binary compatible with Windows. This will allow your Windows applications and drivers to run as they would on your Windows system. Additionally, the look and feel of the Windows operating system is used, such that people accustomed to the familiar user interface of Windows® would find using ReactOS straightforward. The ultimate goal of ReactOS is to allow you to remove Windows® and install ReactOS without the end user noticing the change.”
According to their site. Is this impossible or what?!!! Now I don’t know if they know what they are up against, it took Microsoft millions of years to get where they are now, lots of programmers and a huge advertising campaign. So they want to move everyone away from microsoft without them knowing? Wow! these guys sure know how to pick a challenge! The NT Kernel they are trying to recreate in OpenSource code will take long to develop and will take years to perfect, just ask Mr. Gates. But by then, we will be using Windows 9 or something like that. These guys have a noble goal, but really, time should be spent on other goals that are more “reachable”. Now, how is the operating system right now? Well i download a live CD and it worked on my machine, but got stuck while trying to click on something. I then tried to install it on a virtual machine using an install ISO image, but after installing the system would not boot up. Then I downloaded a virtualbox virtual machine and ran it. It booted up rather quickly and gave me a familiar screen, i played around with it a bit, saw the file system structure, very similar to windows. Except for the Freeloader bootloader, but overall, it reminds me of windows 98. I do hope they accomplish something with this project, but mainly, I hope this team of developers join the WINE project instead. WINE is a program that allows execution of windows Applications on Linux, if this keeps improving then, ReactOS will never be needed. Nor windows for that matter, soon, one day.