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[News] Russia Builds Free/Open Source Substitute for Microsoft Windows

  • Subject: [News] Russia Builds Free/Open Source Substitute for Microsoft Windows
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 08:19:42 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Microsoft to soon face competition from Russia 

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| Written completely from scratch, ReactOS will 
| run all softwares that are supported by 
| Windows XP. An initial pre-launch version 
| (alpha) has been launched and the final 
| version is expected in the next few months. 
| Users such as Nirmalya Mukherjee, a programmer 
| based in Kolkata, said using free software is 
| better than downloading pirated version of the 
| Windows software. 



ReactOS Hits a Fork In The Road

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| So what ReactOS will now start to do, is to
| leverage the work that the WINE project has
| been doing on the win32 system. It's an idea
| that makes a whole lot of sense, seeing as
| WINE has been working at replicating win32
| for years (with some success, just look at
| CodeWeaver's CrossOver apps) while ReactOS
| has been focused on win32 as part of a
| larger open source windows implementation.


Try 10 OSes You've Never Heard Of

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| ReactOS
| Goal: Run Windows apps on an open-source OS
| Out of all the operating systems we looked
| at, ReactOS is the one most likely to have
| Steve Ballmer tossing chairs. Originally
| named FreeWin95, the developersâ original
| goal was to create a completely open-source
| clone of, you guessed it, Windows 95. As
| time went on, however, there was little
| serious code to show and it was clear that
| the NT code base was the future for
| Microsoft.
| In 1998, ReactOS rose out of the ashes of
| FreeWin95. Early progress was slow, but in
| 2004 version 0.2.0 arrived with a usable
| desktop and respectable, albeit very
| limited, Windows compatibility. Today,
| ReactOS is based around a home-grown kernel,
| but the project makes heavy use of the WINE
| libraries that are popular for running
| Windows applications on Linux.


Installing ReactOS on KVM virtual machine on Gentoo

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| Documentation of KVM shows that much more can be done in this case. It is
| nice to use working software with man pages encouraging learning about it.

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