Hi Fred, I’m an enthusiastic PLUS edition subscriber and I really empathize with your view about the proliferation of linux distros (and I definitely like linux–my primary machines runs SuSE 10). Your comments finally nudged me to contribute a link that you may find interesting: the alpha released on a free WinXP-compatible OS, called the ReactOS Project: http://www.reactos.org/en/index.html Best regards, Tony Brezovski
Wow, that looks interesting— not an XP emulator or look-alike, but a from-the-ground-up OS that’s completely XP compatible.
The ReactOS project is dedicated to making Free Software available to everyone by providing a ground-up implementation of a Microsoft Windows® XP compatible operating system. ReactOS aims to achieve complete binary compatibility with both applications and device drivers meant for NT and XP operating systems, by using a similar architecture and providing a complete and equivalent public interface.
In other words, these folks want to do to XP what Linux did to Unix. This will be fun to watch!
But note— the software is alpha, meaning it’s a buggy, rough-edged prototype. Don’t install it on any PC whose setup isn’t expendable; and/or that’s not fully backed up. (I’m going to run my copy in a virtual PC— a safe playpen where it won’t be able to hurt my "real" PC.