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Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.

RusskiOS

If you could switch to a PC OS which runs faster than Windows, performs all Windows applications programmes as if it were Windows, can be seamlessly installed without affecting already-installed programmes and costs nothing would you do it?

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev might be providing us all with this opportunity if he agrees to back ReactOS, a Russian OS which claims to do all of the above.

 

According to the BBC website, Russian schoolboy Marat Karatov, recently met Medvedev and asked him for €1 million to make the OS ready for distribution. Medvedev told Karatov he’d think about it.

 

ReactOS developer Aleksandr Rechitsky says “you can change the system but leave all the programmes intact.” He said ReactOS loads in ten seconds.

 

If  ReactOS  developers get their €1 million, it will take about a year to finalise its development, says Rechitsky.

Tags: dmitry medvedev, reactos, schoolboy, ten seconds, windows applications

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12 Comments

  1. Scunnerous
    September 19, 2011 10:37

    “it will take about a year to finalise its development”
    I seem to recall hearing that expression from software developers before… many times.

  2. fogh
    September 16, 2011 18:45

    ReactOS has been around for a while, I think even back in the days of WABI and Sun. But it kept playing catch-up and delivered little so far. Bets would be better placed on Linux+Wine (see winehq.org). It may not be a Mouton 59, but good enough for me.

  3. fogh
    September 16, 2011 18:43

    ReactOS has been around for a while, I think even back in the days of WABI and Sun. But it played catch-up and delivered little so far. Bets would be better placed on Linux+Wine (see winehq.org). It may not be a Mouton 59, but good enough for me.

  4. David Manners
    September 16, 2011 15:12

    I have to say that it does rather surprise me, in view of all the prosecutions brought using computer evidence, that anyone entrusts to their computer anything they want to keep secret, Robertl. What’s wrong with putting your secret stuff on good old pen and paper and tucking it under the mattress?

  5. RobertI
    September 16, 2011 12:14

    It being a truly international and not a primarily Russian product does reduce the risk of gangsters being able to have a back door inserted down to an acceptably small probabilty.

  6. greg
    September 15, 2011 21:17

    Peter Tattam (trumpet winsock fame) wrote Petros/ClassiOs some years ago as a rewrite when microsoft were forced to release the win32 API details. Unfortunately none of these projects seems to get enough traction to really succeed…

  7. David Manners
    September 15, 2011 16:40

    Yes, very revealing, george, no mention of the South African connection – though there is an acknowledgment of Spanish participation – but it leaves the impression it’s a Russian initiative in inception and funding. Reminds you of the old crack ‘There’s no truth in Izvestia and no news in Pravda’.

  8. georgegrimes-ti-com.myopenid.com
    September 15, 2011 15:56

    I think that if you read about the presentation at the ReactOS web page here: http://www.reactos.org/en/news_page_67.html you will come away with a very different impression.

  9. David Manners
    September 15, 2011 15:02

    Thanks Mark, I had no idea nor, it seems, did the BBC.

  10. Mark Inskip
    September 15, 2011 14:55

    A Russian OS!?
    Whilst the current project coordinator, Aleksey Bragin, is Russian, the original project coordinator, Jason Filby, was a South African, and developers are spread across the world.

  11. Keith
    September 15, 2011 11:54

    RectumOS?

  12. RobertI
    September 15, 2011 10:41

    Does anybody know what the Russian for ‘back door’ is?