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Submission + - ReactOS 0.3.16, the Windows clone has got a new Explorer (kingofgng.com)

KingofGnG writes: On the long, long road that leads to its final target, ReactOS continues to grow and evolve thanks to the hard work made by developers contributing to the project. The latest, important changes help the system to actually advance toward the aforementioned final target, ie to reach full compatibility with software and drivers made for Windows operating systems based on the NT architecture.

Submission + - ReactOS crafts to perfection with release 0.3.16 (reactos.org)

jeditobe writes: "The ReactOS Project is pleased to announce the release of version 0.3.16. A little under a year has passed since the previous release and a significant amount of progress has been made. More than 400 bugs were eliminated.

Some of the most significant include completion of the CSRSS rewrite and the first stages of a shell32 rewrite. 0.3.16 is in many ways a prelude to several new features that will provide a noticeable enhancement to user visible functionality.

A preview can be seen in the form of theme support, which while disabled by default can be turned on to demonstrate the Lautus theme developed by community member Maciej Janiszewki.

Another user visible change is a new network card driver for the RTL8139, allowing ReactOS to support newer versions of QEMU out of the box. Release images can be found in the usual spot here.

Several video demonstrations of popular software work were made — Office 2003, Photoshop CS2, OpenMPT."

Submission + - LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: While RMS is opposed to LLVM over its BSD-like license rather than the GPL, LLVM/Clang and GCC developers have agreed to try to start cooperating in an "open compiler initiative" to jointly tackle common issues that plague both compilers and issues that can be better served by working together rather than creating fragmentation between the two popular open-source compilers.

Comment MS BS (Score 2, Insightful) 154

Microsoft estimates that the software piracy of an international counterfeiting syndicate, over the past six years, cost the company at least $2 billion in lost software revenue.

That's bullshit. The Chinese are pirating software because they can't afford the real thing. If they weren't pirating Windows, they simply wouldn't have it. Therefore, Microsoft has lost no money to software piracy, because there was never potential for them to get any. However, if Microsoft started selling legit copies of Windows in China for very cheap (I'm talking as cheap as the counterfeits), they'd probably start making more money on the Chinese market.

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