It’s really late right now but I can’t go to bed this excited about finding something like this to share with you guys.
Basically I was looking through Wikipedia learning more about Linux, some individual distros (including Novell, SUSE, & openSUSE hehe), Unix, BSD, and other Unix-related operating systems, and somehow I came across the operating system in which I’m sharing with you guys.
It’s 100% open source just like openSUSE. It’s not *nix but programmed from C and C++. It’s been developed since the late 1990’s and really needs help, and that’s why I’m spreading the word; if this interests you, please spread the word as well.
This open source operating system is called ReactOS, and was designed to replicate & replace Windows and offer better performance, better security, stability, and compatibility with all/most Windows software, hardware, and applications. It’s quite impressive too, and it really is struggling to develop so if you can contribute by spreading the word, donating some change, and/or dedicating time to program to further develop it, you’d contribute to the world & open source by helping support & maintain it.
Before I post some screenshots, I just want to ask for your help which is requested above & what you can do to help. If you check this out on Wikipedia, it’s labeled as “hobby software” even explained on the page because it isn’t very known, doesn’t get funding/donations, and only has 2-3 developers. We need to help this project.
Windows Game: Unreal Tournament (NOTICE NO LOSS IN GRAPHICS QUALITY AS HARDWARE IS COMPATIBLE W/REACTOS TOO)
As you can see from the above screenshots, though only in alpha from over 10 years of development, it looks promising.
Realize the significance of this, not only being open source and another alternate operating system, but what it’s accomplished: This open source operating system could prove to be very resourceful once completed to every *nix & BSD operating system.
ReactOS has achieved what PC/Windows users want: an interface that they’re familiar with. The interface as you can see in screenshots are look & feel of Windows & also function just as easily. Just as important is the compatibility for Windows software, hardware, & applications.
This OS has achieved so much and is exactly what people want. Migrating from Windows to this OS would be a breeze and as programs/software develop for the OS they will still be able to use Windows apps/software in the meantime.
Yet it’s not Windows, not coded nearly as Windows, is fast, secure, and easy to use via function and look even supporting right click. Similar function is a key. People want everything Windows has & more. This can do it. It has massive potential.
Screenshots - ReactOS Website
About ReactOS - ReactOS Website
Please help me spread the word by posting it on forums and sites etc. A free/open source replacement for Windows OS doesn’t seem too far away now. Show support for me, this, and open source by diggin’ this please.
What do you guys think about it? For only a few developers I’m really impressed.
As stated I’m planning to donate soon. I also want to try it out on a spare PC as it’s in alpha.
I really hope this takes off. It’s already where what everyone wants in an alternative OS when migrating from Windows. =]
It could also prove to be very valuable for further development for look & feel, ease of use, similar functionality of Windows & compatibility as well.