Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Feb 2016 23:23 UTC, submitted by AmineKhaldi
ReactOS

Nearly ten years ago the ReactOS Project released version 0.3.0. Today we are proud to announce the formal release of version 0.4.0. A great deal of work has gone into making this release happen and as we look back it is remarkable to consider how far the project has come since that release a decade ago. This release is both a celebration of and a testament to everything that the ReactOS team and community has achieved together. Thank you to all of you for having stood by the project for this long and we hope rewarding journey. For those of you chomping at the bit to check out the release, go to the download page to get it now.

This is a huge release, and highlighting just a few new features - such as wireless networking, USB support, sound support, etc., etc., - would be a disservice to all the other stuff they worked on.

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Only 60 more years
by Seeprime on Thu 18th Feb 2016 05:15 UTC
Seeprime
Member since:
2014-05-02

At the painfully slow release rate of React OS, version 1.0 of this XP clone should be available in only 60 years.

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RE: Only 60 more years
by unclefester on Thu 18th Feb 2016 06:00 in reply to "Only 60 more years"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

At the painfully slow release rate of React OS, version 1.0 of this XP clone should be available in only 60 years.



It is already considerably more advanced than XP. It is essentially a Server 2003 kernel with 8.1 userland that runs on a Pentium.

It takes less than 10 seconds from boot a full desktop running under Virtualbox.

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RE[2]: Only 60 more years
by yahya on Thu 18th Feb 2016 17:13 in reply to "RE: Only 60 more years"
yahya Member since:
2007-03-29


It is already considerably more advanced than XP. It is essentially a Server 2003 kernel with 8.1 userland that runs on a Pentium.


except that it doesn't run, apart from in Virtualbox. I can't get it to function on any real hardware. It bluescreens immediately on all machines I triend.

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BlueofRainbow Member since:
2009-01-06

Interesting.

This could provide an alternative to those wishing to remain within a Windows 7-like environment after 2020 on a 6th generation CPUs (or later). Given the small size of the project team, a focus on running it as a virtual machine rather than on bare metal has a higher probability of success.

I am looking forward to a pre-packaged solution consisting of a light-weight Linux distribution, a pre-configured Virtualbox environment, and ReactOS.

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RE: Only 60 more years
by ebasconp on Thu 18th Feb 2016 14:59 in reply to "Only 60 more years"
ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

... probably.

But, who cares?

1. ReactOS is an incredibly nice piece of reverse engineering. Creating a new OS from scratch, with no internal documentation and making it binary compatible (including at hardware drivers) is no trivial at all.

2. Also considering the size of this team that works in their spare time compared with the army that develops Windows every single day; ReactOS team did a very admirable stuff.

3. For the people inside ReactOS dev team, the things they are done must be completely rewarding personally.

4. For the common people, the ones that use their computer to use Office, browse the web and listen to music... It is already there, ready to be used! ;)

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