Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th May 2017 21:50 UTC, submitted by AmineKhaldi

ReactOS 0.4.5 has been released.

Thanks to the work of Katayama Hirofumi and Mark Jansen, ReactOS now better serves requests for fonts and font metrics, leading to an improved rendering of applications and a more pleasant user experience. Your continued donations have also funded a contract for Giannis Adamopoulos to fix every last quirk in our theming components. The merits of this work can be seen in ReactOS 0.4.5, which comes with a smoother themed user interface and the future promises to bring even more improvements. In another funded effort, Hermès Bélusca-Maïto has got MS Office 2010 to run under ReactOS, another application from the list of most voted apps. Don’t forget to install our custom Samba package from the Application Manager if you want to try it out for yourself.

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surface area
by FunkyELF on Mon 22nd May 2017 17:33 UTC
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Windows Subsystem for Linux accomplishes the reverse... running Linux binaries on Windows but surface area they have to implement is much smaller, just the Linux system calls.

I guess that approach was only possible because they're able to use and include Linux userspace unmodified since it is free and open source.

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