Nute, I have heard to Linux Standards Base and Alien, but they're not 100% foolproof. In my Ubuntu virtual machine, I tried to install Alien and I couldn't get it to work. And when something doesn't work graphically, you have to use sudo commands and stuff, which is exactly why DOS is dead: people don't like command lines. There are people trying to improve Linux, and I commend that, but it's still not good enough for the average user IMO.
nute wrote:RaptorEmperor, I will not say that ReactOS is better than Linux+WINE nor am I going to
say that Linux+WINE is better than ReactOS. I'd prefer to see both improve. The point
of ReactOS isn't that it is going to be better than all other OSes, at least that isn't the
point of it for a lot of people. I simply want a drop in replacement for Windows XP.
I have no intention of giving up Linux as a server system at this point. As far as a
desktop system goes though, ReactOS may eventually prove to be a better choice
than Linux in certain cases.
Agreed. If I were running a server I'd probably use Linux too. ReactOS will ultimately make a better desktop OS, at least in my opinion. In reality, if I had enough hard drives, I would probably dual-boot Windows XP and Ubuntu, or even triple-boot Windows XP, Windows 7, and Ubuntu, because I'm crazy like that. I'll keep using ReactOS on my testbed machines, until it's stable enough to trust on more expensive, modern hardware. I'm looking forward to building my first working ReactOS box when we hit beta.
nute wrote:Making a free OS that is compatible with Windows applications and drivers is one and only
one approach to competing with Microsoft. Another approach is to write more software
for Linux or another OS other than ReactOS and Windows. The first approach may
be impractical. I will say though, once ReactOS becomes stable it will probably become
relevant as NT is probably going to stick around for a while longer.
People have been trying to make Linux relevant on the desktop since 1993 and it hasn't worked. The problem is that the only people making Linux apps are Linux enthusiasts, and it's such a small installed user base as opposed to Windows that it's not profitable to make Linux software as compared to Mac OS X or Windows. If we had the same number of programmers as Linux and Wine we could definitely pick up a lot faster and catch up to at least Windows 2000 functionality. Since I can't code well, I try to spread the word as much as possible, since maybe one of the people who ultimately hears about ReactOS might be capable of contributing code to the project.
The difference in opinion here is that you think making a open-source Windows is impractical, whereas most other people (myself included) here think that getting people to invest and develop for Linux is impractical. The issue is when you constantly bash the project based on your own beliefs that making an open-source Windows is impractical. When you come and make negative comments, naturally the devs that have but so much effort into making ReactOS work are going to get irritated, since they've put the most effort into the project. You can't expect them to have perfect manners 100% either, since they're programmers, not public relations people.
Z98 has stated that there's a single major bug that's holding up the release of 0.3.11. Development hasn't completely stopped in the meantime, and the people who are developing portions of ReactOS that don't involve that bug are working as usual in the meantime, just as they would had if we were officially at 0.3.11. You consistently complain about the timing of major releases when the real focus should be how the trunk builds are coming along.