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Old 04-09-2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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FreeDOS >>> FreeWindows?


Since there are tons of compatibility issues with Linux, I am thinking about making a free version of Windows.

There are free versions of DOS, and Windows is practically have DOS as its terminal and internal functions (correct me if I'm wrong )

Say that we add a graphical interface and add some more functions (libraries, etc. ), will we be able to run a normal Windows software on it?
 
Old 04-09-2013, 04:39 PM   #2
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You might want to ask these guys http://www.reactos.org/ how easy/hard that is .
 
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:06 PM   #4
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Which Windows?

IIRC you can install Windows 3.1 on top of FreeDOS.
 
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Also, note that the Wine project has implemented a substantial amount of the Windows API.

Frankly, if I've got something that "runs on Windows," I actually don't mind paying Microsoft a license-fee. I've got a couple of machines here that are used for running Windows, and I've set up some in virtual machines. All bought and paid-for, and I've never had any problem with that notion.

Both Wine and ReactOS are very informative projects, though, because by reverse-engineering some of what Microsoft did, they greatly enhance your understanding of how the APIs actually work – bugs and all.
 
Old 04-16-2013, 10:08 AM   #6
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thanks for all the insights!
 
  


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