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Add ReactOS as third supported platform and free and open source option

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As it was stated by the GOG staff that linux support is too complicated (fragmented platform) and economical no feasible (too small marketshare) a better option as free and open source OS to address could be ReactOS, a Windows compatible OS. A cooperation between GOG and ReactOS could be a fruitful development incubator and could help ReactOS coming out the alpha state in near future. On the GOG side, this could satisfy the long standing user request for a GOG support option of a free and open source OS.

http://www.reactos.org/

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shaddim
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@jpkx1984: no. As Windows itself is doomed to be backward compatible this is a non-issue. Also, companies would love to have viable MS alternative & would support ReactOS actively. ReactOS could have catched up already easily (and maybe even taken the lead) if enough ressources would have been invested. To pull some number out of the nose, let's say 5% what was invested in the linux ecosystem.

Jan. 14, 2014
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jpkx1984
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ReactOS is doomed to be eternal alpha. Always behind and playing catching up. By the time ReactOS reaches full XP we will have had Windows 10. It is too incomplete and unstable to be of any serious use.

Jan. 11, 2014
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jeditobe
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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thorium/thorium-core-cloud-desktop

ReactOS is on Kickstarter now

Dec. 24, 2013
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Sanjuro
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Да вы издеваетесь...
(You've got to be kidding...)
No, really, how is this going to help expand significantly?

Dec. 18, 2013
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gonzoMD
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ReactOS has an upcoming implementation of NTVDM which lets the users play good old DOS games. It is still under heavy development but made great progress in a relative short time.
You can say that there is DosBox but there you have to install a completely new program, have to configure it and have to know at least some dos commands. With ReactOS you have just to doubleclick the exe or com file and that's it. (in the future, of course)
As it is open Source everyone can fix problems which ignored for years due to games compatibility.

I tried an actual development snapshot of ntvdm (sadly it's not included in trunk yet) and got for example Arkanoid, Barbarian and Commander Keen 6 to run.

Even some older Windows Games are already running as Diablo for example.

And Wine...

Wine is a Mess as they try to serve all Windows version in one package, what is not really possible as they are too different.
ReactOS has one Target: NT 5.2 that will be used and extended, but not hacked around as in Wine.
Still the compatibility of Wine is bigger as of ReactOS but you have to configure Wine again and again for every Program or Game.

I vote for ReactOS and hope they get Support

Dec. 18, 2013
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CSRedRat
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Add please.

Dec. 15, 2013
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ATTACUE
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ReactOS is next generation

Dec. 15, 2013
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linuxmaster
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Guys, it is good chance for GOG to make competitive game console for all of us.

Dec. 15, 2013
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plus88
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нужно

Dec. 15, 2013
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coldreactive
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@shaddim not to mention unlike Wine for Linux, ReactOS plans to be Driver compatible as well. Wine never will be driver compatible, at least, that's not their plan.

Dec. 15, 2013
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LinusTorvalds
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Нужно

Dec. 15, 2013
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DEMONiadSE
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Rave Schepard requires the support of ReactOS!

Dec. 14, 2013
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andysh
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Хорошая система, верю в её хорошее будущее!

Dec. 14, 2013
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Marshal88
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Реактос Рулит!

Dec. 14, 2013
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SERGKO
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Надеюсь, у Вас всё получится!

Dec. 14, 2013
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shaddim
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Looks like ReactOS improved recently especially for (good) old games: http://www.reactos.org/node/728 "Moar games! Moar compatibility!"

Dec. 9, 2013
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shaddim
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@fabian.troester:
About market-share considerations: would be no issue with ReactOS (in contrast to linux) as it aims for compatibility with Windows. No extra thought end effort needed.

And about point "why windows-like overall?" : windows is a great open platform & OS for the PC, in contrast to the unix-like linux which is server & developer focussed by architecture. My issue with windows is only: it's closed source and under control of a single entity. If Windows would be open source (or a open source alternative available like ReactOS would be available) and developed by a open consortium or community, I would prefer the platform approach of Windows before the unix & distro mess with Linux anytime.

So, ReactOS could be a solution for the FOSS crowd.

Oct. 13, 2013
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fabian.troester
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What good would that do? Okay, so I voted for it anyway, since I understand the sentiments, but I think it's a bit pointless. Reason: ReactOS aspires to be near 100% binary compatible to Windows (not sure quite which version of Windows, though). If they will achieve that goal (difficult and unlikely) then all the gog games supported on Windows will potentially run on ReactOS.

Since gog's reason -- as you say -- was in part the small market share of Linux ... guess what they'd say about the market share of ReactOS ... ;)

If the aim of this request is for support in terms of help, then that's different and makes sense.

I'd still prefer support for Linux, especially since a lot of the really old games use emulators which are running natively unter Linux anyway (Dosbox or ScummVM). And many of the newer games come with native support for Linux anyway, so that would be effortless for gog. I don't really understand gog's stance not to support Linux.

ReactOS is a great project ... but I still think: the whole point of not using Windows is: not to use Windows -- so ReactOS is not the solution.

Oct. 9, 2013
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