Yes, I've witnessed this. I brought up Reactos in a Topix thread, and some came over and checked it out. At least one from there burned an image or used an emulator and gave it a test drive. They mentioned that they read it used WINE code, and the way they said it, it seems they didn't respect WINE all that much. I gave a reply explaining that if the code was good, there is no use in duplicating it, and that Reactos has actually improved WINE. Someone gave my post some negative icons (like crazy/nuts, clueless, and disagree). That in itself doesn't mean much, since some Topix users use the icons to target people regardless of what they say.clancg2003 wrote: Well there's a couple of negative connotations about it. The biggest of which is that despite being in development since 1993, it has yet to really reach a "stable" state, and software regressions are still fairly common with it. Another thing is that a lot of the programs do work perfectly, but in order to get them a lot of them do do this, you have to tinker around with stuff, usually configurations. Since our target audience is Windows users, I think it's a bad decision to use the word wine in the new name as they'll mistakenly believe that they'll have to tweak around a bunch of stuff, in order to run a lot of their programs. This could potentially turn some people away from downloading and testing the new subsystem.
I have a feeling some tinkering might be necessary, but only in terms of simple things like what versions are reported, and not like with WINE. Even Windows itself has that issue on occasion, and they have an easy workaround system. The Windows registry comes with a whole list of mostly old software and compatibility flags.
The beauty of things like wikis and open source software (when the model works) is that it is very similar to how science operates. Teams on different projects make their "findings" (source code) public, and many people test it, and teams don't have to duplicate work once it is out there, assuming the code is adequate. Like with science, others can play around, test things, and see if they can repeat the findings. And they can share common code and improve upon it. It is like with higher education. College and collage actually come from the same roots. Both are collections. One is a collection of photos, and the other a collection of wisdom and knowledge that is learned, added to, and passed on. That is what we do here. So there is nothing wrong with us using WINE code since it helps both projects.