Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Dec 2017 20:29 UTC

ReactOS 0.4.7 has been released, and it contains a ton of fixes, improvements, and new features. Judging by the screenshots, ReactOS 0.4.7 can run Opera, Firefox, and Mozilla all at once, which is good news for those among us who want to use ReactOS on a more daily basis. There's also a new application manager which, as the name implies, makes it easier to install and uninstall applications, similar to how package managers on Linux work. On a lower level, ReactOS can now deal with Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, BtrFS, ReiserFS, FFS, and NFS partitions.

There's more, so head on over to the announcement page.

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RE[4]: Still bluescreens quickly
by yahya on Fri 8th Dec 2017 07:38 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Still bluescreens quickly"
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"When Linux was of the same age ReactOS is today, it was far from perfect, but it was incredibly stable and mature.

Not same scenario.

ReactOS mimicks Windows at all levels, that includes mimicking all kernel and drivers stuff, registry, Win32 API, DLL loading, etc.


Just as Linux (with the GNU userland) exactly recreated (and eventually expanded) the existing proprietary Unices (although it did not aim for binary compatibility as it originally targeted i386 only).

Creating a clone of a very complex closed-source operating system is not a piece of cake and IMO is harder than creating your own stuff.

It seems to have worked for Linux and also for Haiku. Of course, the existence of the GNU project was a major help, just as the WINE project is for ReactOS.

Anyway, if I grant your point, what is the conclusion? That it is totally unrealistic for ReactOS to ever evolve into a viable Windows replacement, isn't it? After all, what we have at this moment is a project which tries to replicate Windows 2003, an OS that came out 14 years ago and is obsolete today. And it is still very incomplete and extremely unstable.

For end users like myself, a new ReactOS release invariably means that we can download the install CD, install the OS in virtualbox (as in my experience the chances of it even booting on real hardware are very small, also I once saw the installer ruining the partition table of a hard disk, so I am certainly not going to install it alongside any OS I rely on), play with it a little until it bluescreens, which usually does not take very long and then we give up. Rinse and repeat with the next release.

As a non-hacker I am a bit reluctant to give out advice, but I guess they should shift focus from adding new features to improving basic stability for a while. But it is their project, they can do with it what they want...

Edited 2017-12-08 07:42 UTC

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