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[4]: Good progress
by Darak on Mon 4th Sep 2017 11:19 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Good progress"
Darak
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Windows has been a massive mashup of moving technologies way before Vista or Metro. Just take a look at the history behind things like OLE, DDE, ODBC, GDI vs GDI+, the Internet Explorer stuff, and many, many others, not to mention the client C/C++ runtimes or MSFC, heavily tied to undocumented stuff.

Those technologies are not moving anymore, but their nature means years over years of backwards compatible implementations to cover. It's not fun.

The BeOS API is extremely simple in comparison.

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