Free Windows Based Operating Systems
Windows is Windows
There are appropriate number of Linux based operating systems under this sun. How about Windows? The answer is Windows is just Windows and nothing else or simply, no duplicates.
There are mainly two types of operating systems. One is Linux and the other one is Windows. Apple is also a successor of Linux kernel (Unix). Have you ever thought why there are thousands of Linux operating systems? Do people love this much sudo apt-get? The reason is nothing but because it is open source. Anyone can download the Linux source codes from the internet, do several modifications to the source code, put another fantastic name and publish it as a new operating system (under GPL license). By the way Linux operating systems has few advantages with respect to Windows such as low hardware requirements and low cost. But still 95% of the client computers are running on top of Windows. Reason is Windows is just great and unbeatable with its compatibility to a greater variety of popular application software and 3D games. On the other hand world’s leading software manufacturers target Windows and not *nix. When it comes to Windows 7 there’s no mistake to speak about it’s user friendliness and smoothness. It is more reliable and highly polished. But the source code of Windows is one of the seven secrets on the world. So the thing happened to Linux will never happen to Windows. That means Windows NT kernel is really unique among other system software. Remember that the secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources!
We can say RecOS is more likely a Windows based OS which is FREE. Below is their explanation about RectOS:
ReactOS® is a free, modern operating system based on the design of Windows® XP/2003. Written completely from scratch, it aims to follow the Windows-NT® architecture designed by Microsoft from the hardware level right through to the application level. This is not a Linux based system, and shares none of the Unix architecture.
The main goal of the ReactOS project is to provide an operating system which is binary compatible with Windows. This will allow your Windows applications and drivers to run as they would on your Windows system. Additionally, the look and feel of the Windows operating system is used, such that people accustomed to the familiar user interface of Windows® would find using ReactOS straightforward. The ultimate goal of ReactOS is to allow you to remove Windows® and install ReactOS without the end user noticing the change.
RectOS homepage: http://www.reactos.org/en/index.html