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ReactOS � Open-Source Windows Clone Software To Seriously Look Forward To

Feb 09, 2011, 13:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jessica Cam Wong)

"We dedicate a huge amount of time and effort into presenting you with useful software and tips for common applications, but there are many more developers that dedicate enormous chunks of time to gift humanity with free software. We've discussed many open-source projects in this corner of the web, and there's no stopping it. The open-source community is on a roll and has produced so many applications that even full operating systems have been made for anyone to explore.

"While Ubuntu, for instance, has made impressive leaps in user-friendliness leading to a simpler GUI, many users, if not most, are more familiar with the Windows environment so not a lot of people wish to go through a potentially steep learning curve with another new OS. There's been some advancement in the open-source world that Windows users won't have to completely fear using a new OS.

"ReactOS is an effort to provide a Windows NT-like architecture that is compatible with existing drivers and applications. An easy way to look at it would be to say that it is a clone of the Windows OS (which is closed-source so it's not possible to really clone it), when in reality, it's an alternative to the Windows OS, with the difference that it's a collaborative open-source project and it's in its infancy."

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