AlexCrafter wrote:Vixta is a fairly new linux distro and I like it although I wouldnt use it on my primary computer, maybe they can get it off the ground as something other than just vista like flashy graphics, then it will be a high quality distro capable of competing with windows.
ReactOS is a distro aimed at being as compatable as windows, their kernel is designed to run exe files, but they havnt focused on graphics as of yet.
If ReactOS and Vixta joined forces it would be an exelent day for me and a bad day for windows.
ReactOS has nothing to do with Linux. It is an attempt to create a free/open source version of Windows NT. Think of it as to Windows XP as GNU/Linux is to Unix. The kernel is designed in a similar manner to the Windows kernel, and its ABI attempts to be identical to the Windows XP ABI, allowing for full binary compatibility between Windows and ReactOS. The one Linux-related thing that React does is that in their effort to recreate the Windows XP ABI, they essentially create code that can be taken by the WINE project for its compatibility layer. This is a problem because the WinXP ABI is a large, amorphous, and highly mobile target. Microsoft does not want WINE and ReactOS to exist, and will actively do things to thwart the goals of those projects without acknowledging those projects' existence.
GNU/Linux is not Windows. People looking for a Windows experience without the beast of Microsoft are probably not going to find themselves incredibly welcome by Linux developers and GNU/Linux users. At the end of the day, you'll be better off with the ReactOS project or sticking with Windows.
What's more, flashy graphics are available quite readily (usually by default where possible) on almost every GNU/Linux distro. Furthermore, those flashy graphics are actually more useful than anything you'll see in WinVista. But this is the distro war thread, not the OS war thread.
The short version is that Linux is basically a drop-in replacement for Unix, not a replacement for Windows. Yes, you can replace Windows with Unix, and you'd be better off for ditching the Beast, but realize that Windows and *nix represent vastly different worlds.
crazyjimbo wrote:EDIT: Hmmm, I sound very like a fanatic. I don't care that much, but I hate seeing people trying to use inferior tools for the job. And Linux is very inferior at being Windows.
Didn't you get the memo? Sounding like a fanatic/extremist is what this particular board is for! Just make sure you don't take yourself (or anyone else) too seriously--doing so may be hazardous to your mental health.