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[3]: Good progress
by yahya on Mon 4th Sep 2017 06:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Good progress"
yahya
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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.

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