Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Sep 2017 22:51 UTC
ReactOS

0.4.6 is a major step towards real hardware support. Several dual boot issues have been fixed and now partitions are managed in a safer way avoiding corruption of the partition list structures. ReactOS Loader can now load custom kernels and HALs.

Printing Subsystem is still greenish in 0.4.6, however Colin Finck has implemented a huge number of new APIs and fixed some of the bugs reported and detected by the ReactOS automated tests.

Regarding drivers, Pierre Schweitzer has added an NFS driver and started implementing RDBSS and RXCE, needed to enable SMB support in the future, Sylvain Petreolle has imported a Digital TV tuning device driver and the UDFS driver has been re-enabled in 0.4.6 after fixing several deadlocks and issues which was making it previously unusable. Critical bugs and leakages in CDFS, SCSI and HDAUDBUS have been also fixed.

That's some solid progress.

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RE: Good progress
by Darak on Mon 4th Sep 2017 07:58 UTC in reply to "Good progress"
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Haiku is actually more advanced regarding actual hardware support, but it is true that the pace of development in Haiku is very slow nowadays.

The things ReactOS aims to do are a lot harder, though. The Windows APIs are incredibly complex, poorly designed, partially undocumented, and have been a moving target since day one. Microsoft likes to reinvent the whole application programming biosphere every few years, often implementing the new one on top of the old ones. In comparison, BeOS had a clean and simple API that obviously never changed.

In any case, hardware support remains an unsolved problem for niche or enthusiast operating systems. Haiku essentially has no graphic drivers and relies on VESA to even draw anything to the screen, for example. In an ideal world, there should be some kind of open device driver API allowing vendors to write drivers that could work reliably on any open source OS.

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