Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Apr 2018 01:51 UTC
ReactOS

ReactOS 0.4.8 has been released, and its biggest new feature is experimental support for NT6+ applications.

With software specifically leaving NT5 behind, ReactOS is expanding its target to support NT6+ (Vista, Windows 8, Windows 10) software. Colin, Giannis and Mark are creating the needed logic in NTDLL and LDR for this purpose. Giannis has finished the side-by-side support and the implicit activation context, Colin has changed Kernel32 to accept software made for NT6+, and Mark keeps working on the shim compatibility layer. Although in a really greenish and experimental state, the new additions in 0.4.8 should start helping several software pieces created for Vista and upwards to start working in ReactOS. Microsoft coined the term backwards compatibility, ReactOS the forward compatibility one.

There's tons of other improvements, as well.

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RE[2]: A much needed step
by yahya on Mon 16th Apr 2018 16:15 UTC in reply to "RE: A much needed step"
yahya
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2007-03-29

Eh, as long as it can run apps wine can't in a virtual machine ReactOS will remain highly useful for a lot of people.


My experience is not that ReactOS can run software that Wine can't.

Also, are you not joking when you say reactos will "remain highly useful for a lot of people"? I have been following its development since 2003 or so, and until today, it is only good for playing with it for some minutes when a new release comes out, but I haven't made it to run on any real machine for many years now (When they began, there was no virtualbox so the only way of testing was on real hardware, which kind of worked back then, but all but failed in recent years. ROS is probably the most unstable OS I have ever seen, despite more than 20 years of development.

Edited 2018-04-16 16:15 UTC

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RE[3]: A much needed step
by Lennie on Mon 16th Apr 2018 17:38 in reply to "RE[2]: A much needed step"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

As far as I know Wine and ReactOS work together (would be crazy not to)

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RE[4]: A much needed step
by yahya on Mon 16th Apr 2018 21:18 in reply to "RE[3]: A much needed step"
yahya Member since:
2007-03-29

As far as I know Wine and ReactOS work together (would be crazy not to)


ReactOS uses WINE, but I am not sure that WINE in turn benefits from ReactOS in some way.

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RE[3]: A much needed step
by Darkmage on Mon 16th Apr 2018 22:04 in reply to "RE[2]: A much needed step"
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2006-10-20

I wasn't joking at all, ReactOS in it's current form has better support for Caligari trueSpace than WINE does. So sorry that your experience with it hasn't been a success, but in my experience and use case it's been more useful than wine. Remember, ReactOS implements its own window management system closer to Microsoft's than to X11. This allows it to do things WINE can't/doesn't do yet. ReactOS is more than just WINE + an NT-like kernel. It implements it's own systems as well. As the networking support on ReactOS grows it gets more useful. At some point it'll make a pretty decent fileserver if you're used to running FTP/Samba servers at LAN parties on Windows.

Edited 2018-04-16 22:07 UTC

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