I was browsing BinRev and came across this most interesting web page on operating systems.
For some years I have been looking for a bootable CD where I could just put it in the tray, close it and get it to boot with out any hassels, I am not talking about the XP or 2000 setup CDs, but a tool CD.
Lets go back a bit to the old DOS days, just 1 floppy disk could do this and one could take the floppy to another PC and it would work about the same.
Since MS$ decided to do away with bootable floppies, I have been lost until now.
Years ago it was very easy to make a bootable floppy, format it with the S switch and you had a bootable disk, put a range of the usual programs on it and you had a floppy you could do some really good work with to get a non functioning PC up and running again.
If you forgot to include the /s switch, just type in SYS <drive> and that drive / floppy became bootable.
Since Bill shut the gate, unless you knew how to make a bootable CD, you were history unless you knew Linux and had a broadband connection.
Others came along with their complex-complicated way/instructions, you had to go to this website or that website, download this or that, in other words, jump through heeeeeeps of hooooooops making this software or that software, some sites wer'nt acesable anymore, it became just far too difficult for this older bloke.
I emailed several of these people explaining how intimmedating it all was becoming, but to 99% of them, they didn't think of the hurdles one has to jump over.
In my book, a software program needs to be very simple to make and use if you want it to get major coverage, think about this a moment, all of you reading this will grow older, there will become a time when delving around the insides of software will become just too much trouble, and it will happen as this is human nature.
I came across ReactOS about a month ago, here http://www.reactos.org/en/index.html
downloaded it, made the .iso file and burnt the CD.
It was "simple and easy to do"
I had a Laptop here that has no Hard Drive, all I wanted was to see if this ReactOS could boot the laptop, and it did.
ReactOS loaded itself into RAM only, and it is fast.
It has the GUI interface, and the mouse arrow as well, no doubt "other" software utilities could run on ReactOS also, but I am happy to see my laptop fire up.
Sooooo I guess ReactCD gets my vote today anyway, it hasnt all the bells and whistles that all the other bootable CDs have, but who cares at this time, they will come.
ReactOS also was designed to be a standin for XP so all those programs which run on XP could be run on ReactOS instead of XP.
So I guess I got my bootable CD at long last, no more havin to put the knobbled XP CD in the drive and dont press the R to recovery key or it will break the OS.
The great part, this ReactOS is just 33 megs in size, a bit bigger that a floppy disk, but I believe it to be the smallest around about now, and it was just a single file to download, save and burn.
Edited by electricme, 12 October 2009 - 02:17 AM.