Now with read support for ext, ReiserFS and UFS.
They are still doing it? Huh.
To elaborate: it’s stopping to matter what client system you use. Even games target multiple platforms nowadays.
To me, that’s a reason for projects like ReactOS and Haiku to continue rather than shut down. We’ve reached a point wherein as long as you can get a web browser to build even esoteric operating systems can be useful. This opens the door for all sorts of interesting concepts and experiments to get real-world use. Even the sort of renaissance that the BSDs seem to be enjoying (at least in certain circles) owes something to this phenomenon. On the commercial side, ChromeOS is in a similar position.
I see it as important for archival. What if I want to be able to use some older software, like games, that simply doesn’t run on the Windows version of today and tomorrow and don’t have source or commercial support available to make them work in perpetuity? ReactOS will presently or eventually let me play some things that are available for purchase today that simply do not run well on Windows 7/8/10.
Thus far, Linux+Wine have always had superior compatibility compared to ReactOS. Maybe that will change in the future.
The other interesting aspect of Windows compatibility is that ReactOS can consume Windows drivers directly, as it also reimplements the NT kernel.
My suspicion is that ReactOS is funded by the Russian government to have a direct alternative (no need to port) for Windows. Many of the developers are Russian, and I’ve seen publicity shots of the Russian president/PM looking at their progress.
then they barely fund it at all
It’s possible the Russian government is interested, but the predominance of Russian developers in itself doesn’t surprise me, since Russians have long been very prominent in the Windows hacker scene (“hacker” in the jargon-file sense here, although it also overlaps with the warez/cracker subculture). Most Americans and Europeans of that disposition seem to eventually end up as Unix enthusiasts instead, but a lot of Russians for some set of reasons stick to Windows.
… publicity shots of the Russian president/PM looking at their progress
TBH, I’ve seen publicity shots of Vladimir Putin doing pretty much everything (fishing, playing ice hockey, fighting bears, walking on the moon, shooting JFK…) :P
I’ll inform the House Un-American Activities Committee.
“9,000,000+ lines of code. And growing!”