Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th May 2017 21:50 UTC, submitted by AmineKhaldi

ReactOS 0.4.5 has been released.

Thanks to the work of Katayama Hirofumi and Mark Jansen, ReactOS now better serves requests for fonts and font metrics, leading to an improved rendering of applications and a more pleasant user experience. Your continued donations have also funded a contract for Giannis Adamopoulos to fix every last quirk in our theming components. The merits of this work can be seen in ReactOS 0.4.5, which comes with a smoother themed user interface and the future promises to bring even more improvements. In another funded effort, Hermès Bélusca-Maïto has got MS Office 2010 to run under ReactOS, another application from the list of most voted apps. Don’t forget to install our custom Samba package from the Application Manager if you want to try it out for yourself.

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RE[2]: impressive
by gedmurphy on Fri 19th May 2017 12:52 UTC in reply to "RE: impressive"
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I wouldn't say it's a clone of XP.

Most of the kernel interfaces are based on XP so there's a driver model to target, (otherwise you have a mish-mash of kernel APIs, which isn't ideal for kernel code stability) but the OS itself is starting to move past XP both in its UI concepts and its usermode model as a whole.

There are some engineering projects running in the background to facilitate this.

Edited 2017-05-19 12:52 UTC

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RE[3]: impressive
by dark2 on Fri 19th May 2017 13:25 in reply to "RE[2]: impressive"
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There are some engineering projects running in the background to facilitate this.

They are working on implementing the WOW (Windows on Windows) subsystem for different versions of Windows. On official Windows it runs 32 bit apps on 64 bit Windows, but it appears it should be just fine redirecting api calls to Windows version specific handling code.

Edited 2017-05-19 13:26 UTC

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RE[4]: impressive
by ssokolow on Fri 19th May 2017 17:58 in reply to "RE[3]: impressive"
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I just hope their WOW thunks replicate the "Win16 on Wine32 on Linux64" capability of desktop Linux.

That, combined with the classic theme, would make for a great way to legally build authentic-feeling retro-gaming boxes without having to track down old Windows install media on eBay.

(Thankfully, I still had my old Win98SE install media when a P133 showed up in a pile of retired AGP-era ~3GHz machines.)

Edited 2017-05-19 18:00 UTC

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RE[3]: impressive
by The123king on Fri 19th May 2017 13:55 in reply to "RE[2]: impressive"
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I agree, in the same way that Haiku isn't a clone of BeOS.

But it looks the same, act's the same, works the same and runs the same applications.

I think that's pretty much a clone.

To support my claim: All called clones, but not every machine is compatible with every other. It doesn't need to be identical to be a clone. It just has to be close enough

Edited 2017-05-19 13:57 UTC

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