Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Mar 2007 14:36 UTC, submitted by mmebane
ReactOS The latest ReactOS Newsletter is out. "I've been assured by our release engineer that there are only 2 blocking issues left and that [0.3.1] will be released soon. That said, a kind user compiled the 0.3.1 branch and provided the isos for public trials here. I spoke with our project leader about future releases and he went on to say that future releases (0.3.x) will be made every month or 2."
Order by: Score:
Great!
by SReilly on Thu 1st Mar 2007 14:58 UTC
SReilly
Member since:
2006-12-28

So does this mean that the code audit is almost over? That would be great news indeed!

I like the sound of a faster release cycle. I know of a few people who would be very interested in helping them test each release.
Keep up the good work guys!

Reply Score: 2

v Sound and fury signifying nothing
by Almafeta on Thu 1st Mar 2007 15:21 UTC
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

Yeah, Linus, leave that Minix alone! What a waste!

But seriously, I don't think of ReactOS as a Windows clone. I think of it as a Windows-like OS, just like BSD and Linux are Unix-like OS's. When all is said and done, I believe ReactOS will have areas where it is better than Windows.

All I know is that as a Windows-trained developer and an FOSS advocate, I look forward to a solid ReactOS. I can then use my Windows developer skills with a Free development environment (E.g., DevC++) to create true FOSS software that runs on a Windows-like OS that is also Free.

By the way, Minix 3 rocks!

Reply Score: 5

eMPee584 Member since:
2007-01-29

obviously you have no clue and/or are just phishing for flames.
They are not reverse engineering the main parts. They are reimplementing it API compatible. I.e. they look at available documentation for the interfaces and build something that behaves exactly like the original _on the surface_. Show me your speed in creating a new Operating System, hot d00d..
and fyi they are aiming at the Win2K3 kernel which is considered a stable target for years because it means compatibility with XP/Wihsta.
And if MS really could clean room anything they should have done it when there was time. They are pretty fscked right now with nothing competable to Linux/BSD/MacOsX. Vista sux and I bet they know it, they have created it. Look on youtube for Vista BSODing if you dare, same sh1t all over again.
Screw that guys, I'm staying FOSS.

Reply Score: 2

More than Windows
by werfu on Thu 1st Mar 2007 16:47 UTC
werfu
Member since:
2005-09-15

ReactOS is more than Windows. It's doing the same thing the FreeDOS has done but in advance (yes MS is going to discontinue Win32 one day). It's also doing a lot more. Don't forget that the NT design is modular and composed of subsystem. MS has never added more than the DOS, Win16 and OS/2 subsystem. Even then, the DOS layer is still far from working as good as a true DOS. The ReactOS team could create subsystem for Linux or Java or any other platform existing. It could even add a .Net subsystem and run it more natively than MS do it!

ReactOS is in fact the deadliest threat to Microsoft. A free OS that can run legacy Windows apps and that will always stay alive. No end of support here. I'd like to see Ballmer's face when this project will be stable enough to be used as an everyday desktop OS. I guess there will be chairs flying all around.

Reply Score: 5

RE: More than Windows
by fretinator on Thu 1st Mar 2007 17:03 UTC in reply to "More than Windows"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

I guess there will be chairs flying all around
For the record, Ballmer's office has been refurnished with bean-bag chairs and blow-up furniture. In addition, the stapler has been replaced with glue, and the computer has been replaced with a new Computers-R-Us foam tablet PC. Is now again safe to enter Steve's office.

Reply Score: 5

RE: More than Windows
by Almafeta on Thu 1st Mar 2007 18:33 UTC in reply to "More than Windows"
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

ReactOS is in fact the deadliest threat to Microsoft.

Pretty much everyone in the OS industry thinks their product is the deadliest threat to Microsoft...

Reply Score: 2

RE: More than Windows
by Bit_Rapist on Thu 1st Mar 2007 20:55 UTC in reply to "More than Windows"
Bit_Rapist Member since:
2005-11-13

I'd like to see Ballmer's face when this project will be stable enough to be used as an everyday desktop OS. I guess there will be chairs flying all around.

If it ever became a threat MS will just create a big FUD storm and sign a 'patent covenant' with some screwball company to make it look like IP is being infringed.

Just like they do with other 'threats' on the OS front

Reply Score: 3

isos dont work
by rx182 on Thu 1st Mar 2007 17:05 UTC
rx182
Member since:
2005-07-08

the provided iso files are broken

install cd wont format
live cd wont book

;

Reply Score: 2

RE: isos dont work
by againstFUD on Thu 1st Mar 2007 17:48 UTC in reply to "isos dont work"
againstFUD Member since:
2006-11-22

"...a kind user compiled the 0.3.1 branch and provided the isos for public trials here..."
That probably means that the ISOs are not the real version 0.3.1, but only a preview (ie not official).

ReactOS devs may be already aware of these problems, or the bug may happen only on a few computers, like yours.
Instead of criticizing a not final version 0.3.1 (their website even say "alpha stage" and "not recommended for everyday use" for official releases ;) ), I would better test and report the results of my tests to their bug tracking system (it seems http://www.reactos.org/bugzilla )

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: isos dont work
by nhubbard on Fri 2nd Mar 2007 05:03 UTC in reply to "RE: isos dont work"
nhubbard Member since:
2006-10-03

I was able to install using the "install cd", but whenever I tried to set up networking (all under qemu) it would blue screen. Honestly, I've never seen a build of ReactOS that usable for anything, but I still keep hoping.

Reply Score: 1