ReactOS

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  ReactOS, an open source implementation of Windows

ReactOS, an open source implementation of Windows

Axel Rietschin, a kernel engineer at Microsoft, has claimed that ReactOS, an open source operating system intended to be compatible with Windows binaries, it is "a scam of the Windows Research Kernel that Microsoft granted to universities."

Rietschin, who is currently "Senior Software Engineer (Windows Base Kernel, Container Technologies)" according to his LinkedIn profile, made the claim at the end of 2017, where he apparently did not show up at that time, and supported it today with a post in Hacker News.

"I think it is a scam of the Windows Research Kernel that Microsoft granted to universities under an agreement that obviously violated some, since the code has been loaded in numerous places, some of them on GitHub.

"I looked at the Re tree of actOS codes, and in my opinion, there is absolutely no form on Earth that has been written from a clean sheet only from the public documentation available," Rietschin wrote.

It says that "the Internal data structures and internal functions are not exported Anywhere, and not in public symbols, they have the same names that appear in the Research Kernel. "

In its recent publication, it presents other arguments against which ReactOS is a "clean room" implementation made without reference to the source code. "The names of macros, parameters, etc. They never appear in the compiled code. It is … almost certain that a clean room reimplementation ends up using macros for the same things, much less macros with the same or similar names. "

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ReactOS is a long-standing project, started in 1996 and still in Alpha (the current version is 0.4.11). Claims about the copied source code are not new. 2006, a developer made a similar claim on the ReactOS developer list, which led to a declaration and internal audit by the ReactOS team. Steven Edwards, a ReactOS developer, stated that the ReactOS code must comply with the " US standard reverse engineering method ", Defined by him as" a person tears the implementation of a device, writes the documentation and another reads the documentation and implements. "Edwards said the team" would rewrite all the code that has been implemented without using the method of reverse engineering of the USA UU. ", Although he also said that" we are not prohibiting any developer who may have had access to filtered sources that contribute to ReactOS. "19659005] The Windows source code is protected by copyright, although parts of it have been published for research and the code was also leaked, for example, as reported by The Reg in June 2017.

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ReactOS developer Alex Ionescu spoke about the methods he uses at the OffensiveCon security conference; one of his sessions there, called" Reversion no investment, "is available online.

In a world where Microsoft dominated the world of the operating system, the ReactOS open source project was more important than today, with PC sales unchanged. And Windows does not compete on mobile, Microsoft’s address has also changed, now it’s more focused on cloud services and subscriptions than on Windows, making Rietschin's claims less meaningful than it once was. ® [19659018] Sponsored:
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