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: Good progress
by yahya on Mon 4th Sep 2017 06:16 UTC in reply to "Good progress"
yahya
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ReactOS is looking more and more like a usable alternative to Windows.

Shame Haiku can't keep up with the same pace as ReactOS...



In my experience, I can't install ReactOS on any real hardware (it even has ruined the partition table of one of my harddisks). Even when I do, nothing works once the system is booted.

Haiku by contrast not only installs flawlessly but the hardware also works just fine out of the box once it is booted. So in my view that's a big big plus for Haiku.

If you count FreeWin95, Reactos has been in development for over 20 years now, but we are still far, far away from any usable Windows 2003 replacement, as basics such as the file system are not there. I don't see where Haiku has similar gaps left

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