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Thursday, 15 September 2011 11:28

Russians interested in ReactOS

Written by Nick Farell
russia

Windows like software could take off with state backing
The windowish ReactOS might get the backing it needs to be a mainstream player.

ReactOS is an Open Source (mostly GPL) rewrite of the Windows Kernel. It aims to be an open-source project that is fully compatible with the all Windows NT-based drivers, applications, and services.

According to the company website, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited a school where Marat Karatov is attending. Karatov is involved with the ReactOS project and pitched it to the President.

Marat made a short presentation of the latest build of ReactOS, including system boot up and running a few Windows-compatible applications. Marat said that the OS was ready approximately for 80 per cent of real world usage and that roughly one million euros would be needed to complete its development within a year.

President Medvedev' said the project was interesting and has offered to investigate getting the company some cash.


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+2 #1 dicobalt 2011-09-15 12:07
NT? From their website:
Most people think of 'NT' as 'WinNT 4', while in reality the term NT refers to the NT series, which ranges from version 3 over NT5 (2000, XP, 2003) to NT6 (Vista, 2008 and 7).
 
 
-1 #2 valhar2000 2011-09-15 12:20
"80 per cent of real world usage" is ludicrously optimistic. I tested recently and its clearly in Alpha stage, if that.

I like the idea very much, and support it, but Karatov was simply lying to the President.

On another note: what effect would this have on the development on the OS? Would the Russian government attach strings to the money in the form of, say, forcing the developers to include backdoors?
 
 
+1 #3 Alterecho 2011-09-15 12:21
I thought windows kernel was closed.
Read Linux once used to give Microsoft a hard time. This might give it sleepless nights...
 
 
+2 #4 a1927 2011-09-15 12:52
I am sure some aspects of Windows kernel API are patented and/or trademarked. As long as it remains 80% ready project of a schoolboy MS may ignore it. But if it starts getting real traction no doubt MS will come with thick wad of lawsuits.
And without 100% API compatibility you can't expect third party applications to run correctly. Especially when it comes to drivers.
 
 
+3 #5 robert3892 2011-09-15 14:32
I think this would be an interesting project if an investigation determines that this O/S doesn't violate any trademarks or patents.
 
 
0 #6 youserzero 2011-09-17 03:52
Quoting robert3892:
I think this would be an interesting project if an investigation determines that this O/S doesn't violate any trademarks or patents.


You don't need to violate any patents in order to be taken to court and have to spend millions defense.

Remembering back to the SCO vs Linux fiasco being funding by Microsoft...it was found no patents were violated, yet it still took years and millions in costs to determine that.
 

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