Nowadays, I guess the new activist would be more bothered by something that can replace Android (or Apple for extra kudo).
* https://netbsd.org/releases/formal-8/NetBSD-8.0.html (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17582199)
> Since the transition to GitHub, the project has also received many pull requests from old and new contributors alike.
However, such a ReactOS installation would hardly be blessed by IT either... not anymore than a random Linux installation. :-/
Where I think ReactOS could shine is in the embedded realm. In that realm, you often have custom development anyway. 100% compatibility is often not needed. You might have product initially done on Windows Win32, then tweaked to run on Windows CE (or whatever they call it nowadays). Instead you could tweak it to run on ReactOS and call it day. Since ReactOS can take standard Windows drivers, getting BSP support should be feasible.
Also, ReactOS should offer EC2 images like Ubuntu does:
Or what about those "tech support" calls you get, where they try and take over your Windows computer? It would be fun to follow their instructions in ReactOS, mainly out of curiosity (and to screw with them).
Seriously, next time you get a call from one of them, give them an excuse to ring you back later; then install Virtualbox, ReactOS, some mic and screen recording software, and wait.
It usually confuses them a lot.
I’ve heard that Steam OS was partly created to nudge Windows out of its windows gaming intiative during the Windows 8 era.
*That is, open for anyone to develop and release software for without going through a third party.
If MS really wanted UWP to take off, they should have bundled a UWP file manager on par with explorer, and a matching picker.
As it is, UWP is just another .NET dumped on top of the same old win32/NT base.
From a marketing, developer's and practical point of view, I agree with you 100%. They bet so much on UWP, yet their footsteps falter the last mile. UWP is like running an Android emulator on your PC - you have 2 different worlds at once. Really weird and it must confuse "normal" users much more than us who know a lot about both the history and the technology.
I totally love it that it has a 50/50 chance of getting stuck in the login screen like a Windows 98.
* USB drives didn't come up correctly - it couldn't see anything past the "root" hub (as an end user it was just a USB port on the laptop).
* Wasn't able to connect to the internet using either the Belkin wireless card or the standard ethernet port.
* Stability was relatively impressive, didn't handle lack of RAM too gracefully though.
As there wasn't an easy way to get any kind of media into the laptop, I gave up. Getting either of those working well could at least extend the usefulness to being a great writing machine. Gvim + LaTeX and I'll be fully away.
Half the time I think a person wanting to rip off Windows (I know, I know) would be better off writing a Windows 95/98 looking X11 window manager and hacking it to only use Wine. Seemingly for free you would get tonnes of hardware support and the obvious benefits of Wine. You could even emulate the "upgrade whilst shutting down" behaviour to update Linux underneath. I think you could quickly end up with something that would pass at first glance.
This was attempted once with "Lindows" (later renamed to "Linspire" after the inevitable Microsoft lawsuit). Wikipedia informs me that they're actually still around in one form or another and owned by Xandros these days.
I never personally used Lindows (or any variation of it), but I'm pretty sure you could create an experience that users would find pretty difficult to distinguish between Windows and Linux for the most part.
The key would be making sure everything is redirected through Wine and for the most part the OS does all the maintenance itself. Then it's just a case of wrapping some common utilities with a Windows like layout and it should be good to go.
The idea was to capture how actual Windows works, so Wine could implement how Windows actually works, not how you'd think it works just from looking at API docs.
Could you record and share with us a little video about it?
It may help us to promote our project...
ReactOS would be an intereting concept to "containerize" old windows apps to enable them to run in a public / private cloud environment.
Basically a way for people to "modernize" (at least the way the apps are managed if not the apps themselves).