"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."