Thursday, January 20, 2005

ReactOS

A while ago, while lurking around in the MenuetOS forums, I came across a very interesting project called ReactOS. Basically it's an in-progress open source clone of Windows. I'll give you a few seconds for that to sink in. Open Source. Windows. Free software. Complete compatibility. Got it? YEEAAAH!!
When I stumbled across it, it was in it's very early stages (It was definately before 0.2.0, but I don't remember the exact version number). I checked it out, then forgot about it. Then, on the fifth of January of 2005, I decided to google it. Unbeknownst to me, on that exact day, exactly 53 minutes before entered the site, Version 0.2.5 was released and presto! I found it waiting to be downloaded. Talk about coincidence. Anyway, I tried it, and found it was a great improvement (you can get it at their site). It could run lots of progs, and had a nice 'windozy' look and feel. Version 0.3.0 is now in development. Hopefully, version 1.0 will be a completely functional (and perhaps even more functional) clone of Windows NT 4.0.


It holds much promise, but we will have to wait and see if it's going to finally be completed. I am currently studying it's source, and am working on it's subsystems, mainly the gdi and DOS. I strongly recommend checking it's site out!

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