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.

Thread beginning with comment 648539
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: Good progress
by BlueofRainbow on Mon 4th Sep 2017 04:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Good progress"
BlueofRainbow
Member since:
2009-01-06

I have been following the developments of ReactOS and Haiku for quite some time. One common element between the two projects is that they aim at re-implementing closed-source and partially documented commercial operating systems.

I believe there is cooperation and code exchange between ReactOS and Wine. It makes perfect sense since both are re-implementing the Windows API.

I see ReactOS eventually as a preferred option over Linux+Wine for someone who wants a Windows compatible system capable of interfacing with devices that have been orphaned by their manufacturers and do not have drivers for Windows 7/8.x/10.0.

Haiku aims at BeOS which implemented a number of concepts still not found in the mainstream operating systems. This is a bit of a hurdle for the project as any developer has to become proficient with the APIs and these concepts. I do not think that Haiku is easier to build though with maybe the exception of a much lower line-of-code counts.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[3]: Good progress
by yahya on Mon 4th Sep 2017 06:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Good progress"
yahya Member since:
2007-03-29



I see ReactOS eventually as a preferred option over Linux+Wine for someone who wants a Windows compatible system capable of interfacing with devices that have been orphaned by their manufacturers and do not have drivers for Windows 7/8.x/10.0.


That's a special use case, while much more often, the reverse might be a real problem: Programmes no longer support Windows XP/2003 so you have to use at least vista. Recent cases in point for me are NextCloud/ownCloud and Dropbox. If I need to handle legacy hardware, which is unsupported in recent Windows versions, I am just fine with Linux, e.g. I use a scanner for whom sane has quite good support. There would be no point in using ReactOS for me, because while it might be able to install the old driver (one would have to test), there is much more it cannot and which every desktop linux distribution can.

Reply Parent Score: 2