abarbarian, on 10 February 2014 - 10:37 AM, said:
It is still in active development. They have a Kickstarter campaign and a commercial german backer. Also it has been run on a Raspberry Pi, only took 5 mins 40 sec to boot on the Pi.
Define "active development". I don't doubt that it is something someone would try to monetize on Kickstarter, but that doesn't mean it is truly viable. Duplicating the Windows desktop "look" is fairly easy. Duplicating the API so that it would really run a reasonable portion of available Windows apps would be next to impossible.
It is difficult enough to get Windows apps to run under Wine, and it starts out with a copy of the Windows kernel and API. To reverse engineer even an early version of the Windows API would be a truly daunting task. How many people did MS pay to write the original? And these people can't just write an OS, they have to duplicate someone else's. Just think of the hundreds of device drivers it would have to work with. IMO, anyone investing in this Kickstarter project, is throwing their money away.
As to booting ReactOS on the Pi, it is no wonder it takes five minutes. It is written in x86 and to get it to boot with an ARM processor would require using a DOS emulator. There are a couple of those that work on the Pi but both are so slow as to be useless for practical purposes.