ReactOS is no flash in the pan; look at the years on the copyright notice to see how far back this project goes.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets -- he claims he once read an entire one.
I was looking through the images and I saw the registry editor screen and started a question about whether the look was a Windows mock up or whether this will really run Windows software. Before asking a stupid question that already had an answer, I did a couple of quick searches and found that this project DOES intend to create an environment where you can load Windows programs. I have had no luck getting TurboTax to work with WINE on other distros, and if I could get it to work with this, I would happily make it my distro of choice, or at least dual boot. I dropped XP the last time I got a new hard drive since I only used it once a year. The online version of TT only allowed for *one* tax return, and the box will allow five. I do my kids and my sister's returns, so I liked buying the box. I guess I'll have to try this out, but has anyone else successfully loaded TurboTax on this....??? Anyone...? Beuhler.....?
I tried to run this in a virtual machine and it SUCKED BADLY!!! Jack, I like your columns just fine. However, on this subject - I used the qemu version, and it was pathetic for me. I read further on their website and some people said that you should download the full version and just run that in a VM instead of the version made for qemu. I'll try it, but so far, just so you know - THIS IS A DOG!!! (Well, at least for me.)
We got a bunch of ATI cards in our office, and so many of them blue screen. One coworker can't actually find drivers, so he uses the windows 7 default drivers, which blue screen when he locks his computer. Got a guy with a laptop, that blue screens if he plugs in his second monitor, then opens and closes the lid on the laptop. Mine seems to blue screen randomly, never when I am around, but the log file always shows an ati driver problem. We got a few other laptops that all blue screen when the screen savor comes on, showing ATI error. We are not even all running the same driver version. They all seem to error.
But I don't think they clean their hard drive up very often. We are still on XP at work and XP is maintenance intensive. I still clean WIndows 7 for friends who have it, but I doubt it is as bad as XP was. Hopefully SOMETHING improves from one revenue stream to the next. As far as ATI, I stopped using them years ago because I use Linux at home and I always thought they were only incompatible with Linux.
It doesn't bother me too much cause it is just a work computer, but if it was my personal computer I'd be pissed.
When it comes to device drivers, I guess it's a lot easier to mess up and get a blue screen (or the equiv in other operating systems). You getting blue screens from any other scenarios?