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Damien Kane

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I like XP and hate Vista, in fact, took Vista back for a refund and went begging to XP, but I trawled around looking for other operating systems which might be based on similar architecture and didn't need a virtual machine to run.

I dual boot XP and Linux, because Linux is free and has a good future, but I've spent all this money on software I can't use if I use only Linux - which is why I have a dual boot between the two.

Anyhow, to cut a short story long, I found an OS in alpha testing called ReactOS which is reported to have the same architecture as XP and is open source. To be honest, I never heard of them til last night. Check it out:

http://www.reactos.org/en/index.html

Something for the future. What do you think?
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I've been following ReactOS for a while and they have made a lot of progress over the years. The project itself is usable but is not recommended for production use, at least not yet. The projects aim is to be 100% windows compatible without using any proprietary code. If the guys over there can pull it off, this would be a wonderful accomplishment for the OSS community and so far, they are pulling it off :)

Also, if you are interested in testing reactos, I would recommend trying it out in a virtual machine and not on your system.

Edited by Gravity Gripp, 14 December 2007 - 11:48 PM.

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I agree - I use it through Qemu in Linux Ubuntu as a VM. It's faster than XP as a VM, but I'm surprised with what it can already do. It's strange that I never heard of it til yesterday.

You're right - if they can pull it off and get the backing, it'll be a bright future for us consumers!
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