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 yerverluvinunclebert on Mon 4th Sep 2017 09:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Good progress"
yerverluvinunclebert
Member since:
2014-05-03

You are talking rubbish.

ReactOS' goal is NT5 compatibility. That's it. At that point they have a Windows binary compatible o/s that can run the majority of software. A full virtual memory operating system. From that point they can add the NT6 (Vista) APIs and achive upward/downward compatibility - this work has already started. Microsoft spends most of its time (and thousands of developers) re-inventing the wheel. It does this to fool people like you.

ReactOS does not have to follow Microsoft and all its later Win 8 Metro/Windows shennanigens. It does not have to keep up! It simply has a very good o/s when it arrives at NT5 compatibility. An o/s that can be added to as required.

Keep up with those uninformed comments!

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RE[4]: Good progress
by Darak on Mon 4th Sep 2017 11:19 in reply to "RE[3]: Good progress"
Darak Member since:
2009-10-16

Windows has been a massive mashup of moving technologies way before Vista or Metro. Just take a look at the history behind things like OLE, DDE, ODBC, GDI vs GDI+, the Internet Explorer stuff, and many, many others, not to mention the client C/C++ runtimes or MSFC, heavily tied to undocumented stuff.

Those technologies are not moving anymore, but their nature means years over years of backwards compatible implementations to cover. It's not fun.

The BeOS API is extremely simple in comparison.

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RE[4]: Good progress
by yahya on Mon 4th Sep 2017 13:05 in reply to "RE[3]: Good progress"
yahya Member since:
2007-03-29

It does this to fool people like you.


I am actually a happy Linux user since 2001. So I really don't give a rat's ass about Windows.


ReactOS does not have to follow Microsoft and all its later Win 8 Metro/Windows shennanigens. It does not have to keep up! It simply has a very good o/s when it arrives at NT5 compatibility.


Maybe. Even though I really cannot see how this has the potential of being a better OS than Linux. What is so great about the NT architecture that you have to clone it?

After all, it is about having a FOSS replacement for Windows, not just about coding some "very good o/s". And that means that you do have to keep up after all, if you want to ensure that applications and drivers continue to work with it.

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RE[5]: Good progress
by The123king on Mon 4th Sep 2017 15:38 in reply to "RE[4]: Good progress"
The123king Member since:
2009-05-28

What was so great about UNIX that you had to clone it?

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RE[5]: Good progress
by yerverluvinunclebert on Mon 4th Sep 2017 15:57 in reply to "RE[4]: Good progress"
yerverluvinunclebert Member since:
2014-05-03

I really cannot see how this has the potential of being a better OS than Linux.


What has that got to do with anything? No-one mentioned being better than Linux.

ReactOS has the potential of being better than chocolate or boots or something...

Pointless comment.

Linux is OK for some uses. If you are saying you can't think of a use case for ReactOS then please just say so and then we can start to educate you.

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