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[2]: Good progress
by yahya on Mon 4th Sep 2017 09:18 UTC in reply to "RE: Good progress"
yahya
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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.


And Windows is a moving target, while BeOS development has ended over a decade ago.

That means that ReactOS if it ever reaches stability, it will be obsolete before it is released. Already now, a lot of software requires at least Vista to install and run, while ReactOS tries to recreate Win XP/2003. So while ReactOS might have limited use for some very old programmes or drivers, it is not going to be a viable desktop OS. And if you need a legacy windows version, then running a real Winxp in VirtualBox still works far better.

I am not saying that the devs should stop. It is their hobby, they have to decide what to spend their time on. But the idea that ReactOS is ever going to become something of use for the average end user is illusory.

Edited 2017-09-04 09:21 UTC

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