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Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone

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Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14899507
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The system's developers say it runs all Windows programs, but is much faster than its Microsoft equivalent.
Contrary to Linux and other non-Windows operating systems, ReactOS is a community-driven international initiative that is said to be fully compatible with all Windows-based applications, programs and services.
"There's absolutely nothing to replace Windows with, and if you decide to switch to a different operating system, you then have to change all the programs as well.
"But in this case you can change the system but leave all the programs intact."
The developers added that ReactOS was much faster, too - if on a standard PC Windows takes about a minute to load, ReactOS will only take about 10 seconds.

and here is the link to the ReactOS website -  http://www.reactos.org/en/index.html
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Re: Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone

Oooh YES !!,,, and about time too....  Cheesy
Love the idea of being able to run MS windows progs without having to "mess about", as in Linux, to get them working... Going to have a looksee... and maybe download it if poss, put it on my spare Laptop, and see how it goes..
thanks for the heads up !
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Re: Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone

Wonder how long it will take M$ to get the lawyers on to it?
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The learning curve, if any, should be minimal, since ReactOS duplicates many of the Windows graphical environment applets, control panels and dialogs (Windows 2000/XP/2003).

Thats asking for a lawsuit if anything is. Lips are sealed
Also given that the Russian gov is moving to Linux I can't see them backing it.  Wink (Maybe China would?  Lips are sealed)
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Re: Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone

Well, I have downloaded the Live CD and also the "installation CD".... The more people that download it and use it, the better... once "out" it would be very hard for anyone to do a recall on it !
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Re: Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone

If it works, are you going to dance around the room like a Russian Cossack ?  -
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or quietly celebrate with a Vodka    Wink
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Re: Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone

I see their FAQ says "Why isn't NTFS supported in ReactOS?"
I would think this to be a major drawback for a Windows imitator.
(Of course they could use Linux, if you really must use NTFS).  Cheesy

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Trouble with Linux is,  it is NTFS as windows..... whereas REACT-OS seems to be !. Roll eyes
Where NTFS stands for "Not The Flipping Same "  Grin Grin
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Re: Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone

I thought Windows "NTFS" meant "Never To Feature Stability"  Grin
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Re: Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone

At work we used to refer to windows NT as Windows Not Tested
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Re: Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone

Quote from: Hairy
Wonder how long it will take M$ to get the lawyers on to it?
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The learning curve, if any, should be minimal, since ReactOS duplicates many of the Windows graphical environment applets, control panels and dialogs (Windows 2000/XP/2003).

Thats asking for a lawsuit if anything is. Lips are sealed
Also given that the Russian gov is moving to Linux I can't see them backing it.  Wink (Maybe China would?  Lips are sealed)

You're probably right. It will be interesting to to see what happens, I await developments.
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Re: Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone

From the reactOS homepage:
"Please bear in mind that ReactOS 0.3.13 is still in alpha stage, meaning it is not feature-complete and is not recommended for everyday use."
This has been in development for a number of years and, Linux users please note, it uses a lot of Wine technology  Smiley
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReactOS
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Re: Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone

Follow shutter's experiments with ReactOS in his thread http://community.plus.net/forum/index.php/topic,99217.0.html
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Re: Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone

Sounds exciting and the screenshots look promising.
It'll be nice if it lives up to XP/7 standards especially with drivers for hardware etc. I'd be very tempted to make the switch once they release a stable version. I'd want to give it a trial inside a VM first just to see if it has everything I want (such as remote desktop access etc) but yeah I'd give it a serious trial.
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Re: Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone

Why do people want something that is trying to be the same as Windows, but not Windows? Why not just use Windows?
Also, there's a "stable" version of wine (1.2.3) - just because it's been declared stable doesn't mean that it will run every windows application perfectly.
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Re: Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone

Because windows is expensive, slow etc. Plus linux doesn't support all windows software and the last time I used wine it crashed when i used a scrollbar.
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