Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Dec 2009 23:42 UTC
ReactOS The ReactOS project has released version 0.3.11 of their operating system. A lot of changes in this delayed release, but the two main points of interest are a more or less rewritten memory manager, as well as many improvements in the sound stack.
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But how close is it to being usable
by charlieg on Thu 17th Dec 2009 00:46 UTC
charlieg
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2005-07-25

As in, usable as an everyday operating system?

And usable as a replacement for Windows (not necessarily same answer as above)?

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3rdalbum Member since:
2008-05-26

As in, usable as an everyday operating system?

And usable as a replacement for Windows (not necessarily same answer as above)?


It's free, it's not a big download, try it.

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drstorm Member since:
2009-04-24

I just tried ReactOS 0.3.11 and it still has a long road to go in order to become a usable system or a viable replacement for Windows, but I really like what I saw. It just FEELS right.

Also, I can't help but appreciate the Win 3.11 homage. ;)

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pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

It's not usable, it's pre-alpha after all, still it shows a lot of promise.

I've been lurking around the ReactOS community and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will get stable enough for web-browsing and office work in one or two years. Of course these are only my speculations. The devs, don't want to make any promise they can't keep.

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

My home server (web server, file server and a few other bits and bobs) is a runs various virtual servers ontop of Nexenta - and I run ReactOS to run some windows only services to save me having to fork out on a Windows license.

Granted it's not a normal users set up, but it's lower footprint is ideal for me

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winehacker Member since:
2009-12-18

Please email me at winehacker _at_ gmail _dot_ com. I am interested in hearing about your usage case.

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anyone tried to ...
by sithlord2 on Thu 17th Dec 2009 09:44 UTC
sithlord2
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2009-04-02

... run Windows Genuine Advantage on ReactOS?

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RE: anyone tried to ...
by zegenie on Thu 17th Dec 2009 10:10 UTC in reply to "anyone tried to ..."
zegenie Member since:
2005-12-31

Why would you? It's not genuine windows.

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RE: anyone tried to ...
by Dreams on Thu 17th Dec 2009 10:34 UTC in reply to "anyone tried to ..."
Dreams Member since:
2007-12-12
RE[2]: anyone tried to ...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 18th Dec 2009 15:42 UTC in reply to "RE: anyone tried to ..."
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

That's pretty cool. "unsupported operating system" ?!? I'd really like to interview the guy at Microsoft that wrote that error message.

What unsupported operating systems did he have in mind?

Frankenstien Development builds?
Microsoft Research projects?
OS Warp 5?
Windows ME?
Or did that individual really suspect that maybe someone might run it on wine/ReactOS?

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Good to see...
by madcrow on Thu 17th Dec 2009 13:19 UTC
madcrow
Member since:
2006-03-13

...work continuing on ReactOS. I rather like the underlying design of NT, so a free clone is good. Still, at the moment, it's not as good as Linux + Wine in terms of application support, so I'll hold off on installing it on any "real" hardware...

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will be handy in the future
by ssam on Thu 17th Dec 2009 16:48 UTC
ssam
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2006-03-12

imagine in 10/20/50 years time, when you need to run some legacy app. it may be impossible to activate old versions of windows. reactOS may be the only way.

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RE: will be handy in the future
by emerson999 on Thu 17th Dec 2009 18:40 UTC in reply to "will be handy in the future"
emerson999 Member since:
2007-12-08

That's pretty much how I see it. The next dosbox.

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MamiyaOtaru Member since:
2005-11-11

which would certainly be useful, if a little sad. DOSBox is great for running that old software, but no one uses it as a day to day OS. I worry ReactOS will take so long to come out it will be limited to that role of supporting legacy software, when ideally it would be an alternative day to day OS in the mold of Linux providing an alternative to Unix.

Hopefully ReactOS can be a little bit of both, though the legacy support will certainly be nice when the time comes.

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0.3.11 running video
by gabriel_it on Thu 17th Dec 2009 23:14 UTC
gabriel_it
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2009-12-17

Check its video ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBqOuq8sJUU ) to see the development status.

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