Friday, December 09, 2005

Move Over Bill Gates....

Guess what? A bunch of prgrammers have banded together to work on an open source "work-alike" for Windows. Check out React OS here.
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.
The best part is Bill won't be able to file a case for infringment on "look and feel." Heh.... Also, one thing the React OS people are leveraging off of is the free OpenOffice software from Sun Microsystems. It's up to version 2.0 and a very capable office software suite, which includes a word processor, a spreadsheet, a presentation mananger and a database. Version 2.0 can have settings that write out work in MS Office file types, without haveing to remember to do a "save as..." each time you save the document. If you need an Office Suite, and don't have the $$$, get OpenOffice and avoid the copyright issues. Thanks to Little Green Footballs for the Open Thread.

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