Home > ReactOS > ReactOS 0.2.6 is out with screenshots ReactOS 0.2.6 is out with screenshots Submitted by Peter 2005-04-10 ReactOS 49 Comments ReactOS 0.2.6 is out. Look at the changelog. Screenshots you will find here, here and here. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 49 Comments 2005-04-10 6:24 pm if anybody was complainig about how the alternative os scene was down, omfg, today it is your day reactos running unreal tournament, haiku milestones… 2005-04-10 6:48 pm soon i’ll be able to give friends ReactOS instead of Windows when they call me up to fix their computer.. I’ve tried Linux (for friends PC’s) but it just creates more headaches then its worth right now.. Soon thou since gnome and others are really comming of age.. 2005-04-10 6:51 pm From the changelog- “NVIDIA OpenGL hardware acceleration works” Wow, these guys really are moving quickly! 2005-04-10 7:07 pm while on the subject of the alternative OSes… when does anyone think that Meneut will go x86-64 2005-04-10 7:28 pm I also look very forward to ReactOS, and altough the changelog seems that very nice things have happened and the SS’s are nice and all, when you use it, 99% of the options of the menu don’t work, and just by doing my 5-min-what’s changed check i had 3 BSODs. It reminds me of skyOS, very nice on the outside ‘n’ all, but not very stable (at lest the last beta i’ve tried, 5.0 beta 5 or 6…). At the end of the day, we like these projects and all, but for almost all of us, it goes like this “hey it’s goin pretty well” * reboots to linux/osX/windows * “ahh that’s better”. Props to syllable, which I’ve even tried in real hardware, and I couldn’t crash it a single time (and the things that were present _DID_ work). p.s.: this is just IMHO of course. You are of course free to think otherwise. 2005-04-10 7:39 pm I love this! all these apps working! but i’m worried that MAYBE Microsoft might tell them to cease development due to patent or IP infringment… or are my fears unfounded? 2005-04-10 7:43 pm Yes they are, reverse engineering is legal in the U.S. if the original product is not disassembled in the production of the clone product 2005-04-10 7:47 pm Of course it crashes, of course things dont work… ReactOS is ALPHA 2.6. Networking will start working on the 3.0 release. What i think matters is the potential of this project. All windows drivers and apps in a free OS is something huge. I am also worried about Micro$oft now that the project is atracting more attention and momentum… I wish them the best luck!!! 2005-04-10 7:55 pm .26 not 2.6. i misread the number… 2005-04-10 7:56 pm Note the changelog listed only shows maybe 5% of the real changes. You need to grep the ReactOS and Wine SVN/CVS logs to see everything which is quite a bit. 2005-04-10 8:47 pm I notice that Reactos uses alot of Wine and im wondering will wine ever be able to emulate windows xp? 2005-04-10 9:18 pm ..this project tries to be a clone of actual NT or NT done right? 2005-04-10 9:19 pm Since Wine Is Not an Emulator no, it will never be able to emulate windows XP. 2005-04-10 9:36 pm My understanding is that its not an emulator but somehow allows the calls that windows programs make to the windows sub system to be turned into calls to the x windowws sub system. Which is a damn impressive feat. But why cant that just be extended to the calls that xp makes instead of what 2000 makes. Is it an issue with the windows xp api? Or with the x windows api? Thanks! 2005-04-10 9:43 pm This is supposed to be resource friendly to right? I bet it would be pretty stable and usable when Long Horn finally comes out… …this can only be a good thing, glad it runs on my XBOX’s too, can’t wait to see updates on that side as well! 2005-04-10 10:27 pm “when does anyone think that Meneut will go x86-64” If you mean MenuetOS, it already has… look here.. http://www.co.jyu.fi/~villemt/64/ The older 32bit version is still being worked on by many people, and probably will be for a long time to come. The 64bit version is pretty much just Ville’s work. 2005-04-10 11:16 pm The reactOS team is definitely turning up the juice of late. Ever since the OS started running a GUI, there has been a significant amount of development interest. Seems there are strides with every SVN daily build. IMO, ReactOS, and not <insert linux distro of your choice here>, will become Microsofts competition on the desktop as soon as it matures a bit. I suspect that they will *never* achieve 100% binary compatibilty with Windows, but it’ll be so damn close that most folks wont even notice – the odd application or two that won’t run out of the box. Time will tell, I guess. 2005-04-10 11:31 pm “Is it an issue with the windows xp api? Or with the x windows api?” Neither. Wine _IS_NOT_ an emulator! It’s an API library layer and runtime system; it’s (in a nutshell) Windows DLLs for non-Windows operating systems. Wine uses the underlying OS to provide hardware access. It does _not_ create an environment for XP to run — it _replaces_ XP entirely; it can’t be an emulator as it does not emulate! 2005-04-10 11:41 pm “It does _not_ create an environment for XP to run — it _replaces_ XP entirely; it can’t be an emulator as it does not emulate!” To emulate is to imitate. You don’t emulate or imitate something by creating an environment for it. That’s hosting it. WINE neither hosts nor imitates, but allows programs to run using a different technique. 2005-04-10 11:47 pm But none of these comments really answered my question. Anyway this is about ReactOS and not Wine. I was mearly curious. 2005-04-11 12:00 am ReactOS will be just as linux. You will see different distributions if it is somewhat succesfull. That is not bad because competition is good as it introduces pricing pressure and multiple ways to solve a problem. The last one is important because with most problems it is impossible to say what the best way is before you have solved it. ReactOS will also not need 100% compatibility because people will make sure their software works with it if it gets even a small share of the market 2005-04-11 12:33 am This project has a big advantage over other “alternative OS’s” (well, another if you compare it to closed-source SkyOS , which is that it will actually have a fairly good software library on the first stable release. That could be crucial in weaning people off of Windows. 2005-04-11 1:07 am A good sized supported hardware library too, being able to use windows drivers and all. 2005-04-11 1:26 am True, very true. And, I find this amazing myself: ReactOS is compatible with Tribes! It just totally won me over, as foolish and immature as that may be. <3 http://reactosde.re.funpic.de/catappdetail.php?cat=Games&appnr=93 Other current compatibility information is available here, it’s quite interesting: http://reactosde.re.funpic.de/compatibility.php 2005-04-11 5:53 am damn it! WINE is an emulator. It emulates win32. They can’t not call themselves an emulator just because they don’t emulate the hardware. 2005-04-11 6:05 am You can’t emulate an API, you can only implement it. 2005-04-11 6:25 am Keep up the good work 2005-04-11 7:40 am I would like ReactOS to aim 5.x compatibility, so we could use all current drivers and USB (which doesnt work even with SP6), my dream was a platform fully compatible for Games and free from MS (i need Wintendo only for gaming of course) A support for x86-64 would also be fine… 2005-04-11 8:16 am Why is ReactOS aiming at NT 4.0? To get work done! There are APIs from Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server that are implemented. There are people working on getting XP drivers working. But the overall aim is still on NT 4.0 to have a fixed target to aim at and get work done and not argue over features in XP or Longhorn or something user X wants. 2005-04-11 9:28 am We do aim at 5.x compatibility. The USB support you mention is a nice example, a USB stack is in active development. Plug & Play is also being worked on. 2005-04-11 9:41 am You know, I just looked and couldn’t find anything about NT 4.0 anymore. I must have been sleeping. But at least it kills that dumb argument. 2005-04-11 9:57 am Is there anyway this could help us bring gaming to linux? 2005-04-11 10:24 am The reference to Windows NT 4 was removed from the website some time last year, ’cause it didn’t make much sense with some of the Win2k and WinXP subsystems and routines under development. 2005-04-11 10:55 am as long as WINE is developed it is. But ReactOS is not Linux (& that’s the best). 2005-04-11 11:02 am Amaranth wrote: > You can’t emulate an API, you can only implement it. Yes, but you can emulate a bunch of DLLs by implementing the same API as they do. 2005-04-11 12:22 pm >> You can’t emulate an API, you can only implement it. > Yes, but you can emulate a bunch of DLLs by implementing the same API as they do. From dictionary.com, seems to be in favour of WINE emulating —— 1. To strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation: an older pupil whose accomplishments and style I emulated. 2. To compete with successfully; approach or attain equality with. 3. Computer Science. To imitate the function of (another system), as by modifications to hardware or software that allow the imitating system to accept the same data, execute the same programs, and achieve the same results as the imitated system. 2005-04-11 12:59 pm hopefully this will gove WINE another boost, and give WINE a platform where it reeally shines. i’m very happy with this developments, because some day I may need a lightweigt w32-compatible OS for some of my users of just for myself. 2005-04-11 1:47 pm Because hardware manufacturers don’t see a significant, paying, desktop market for Linux and FreeBSD. Thus, for the user, beating platform lock-in is problematic. Now, if you really want to see a knee tremble in Redmond, consider the fruit of ReactOS, when they integrate its API goodness directly into a Linux kernel… 2005-04-11 2:32 pm are there any plans to re-do the icons?…they look atrocious in the screen shots 2005-04-11 3:57 pm Yeah, I’d like to see the Nuvola iconset or maybe something from Foood.net (which would be more familure for Windows users). 2005-04-11 4:13 pm > are there any plans to re-do the icons?…they look atrocious in the screen shots Only on osnews.. icon’s are probably one of the last thing on the to-do list.. 2005-04-11 5:59 pm How is the problem of secret APIs going to be overcome or did MS have to release all those? I am sure people will want to run MS Office for example. 2005-04-11 5:59 pm Why would anyone want to clone Windoze when we got Linux and FreeBSD? Applications for one thing. There are Windows applications for which there are not now, and never will be, a Linux version, and which run quite poorly under WINE. I’ve been watching WINE over the years and it seems to move at a glacial pace. 2005-04-11 6:32 pm It doesn’t mater. Apps don’t use Secret API’s and if apps use them they aren’t secret now are they? 2005-04-11 6:54 pm I was under the impression that many MS apps used them and that anti-virus apps used them. 2005-04-12 5:36 am It would be nice if they could improve upon the File System as ANYTHING M$ has done up to this point has been UTTER crap. Amiga once gain beat M$ years in advanced. Anyhow, what is the lowest specs you need to run this, as opposed to 98 or XP… …or Long Horn? 2005-04-12 6:22 am Applications on MS do use secret API’s. Autocad is a very good example. See the lately speed increase using directx… 2005-04-12 9:09 am > How is the problem of secret APIs going to be overcome or > did MS have to release all those? I am sure people will want > to run MS Office for example. It is done the hard way: Use the API to find out what it does. They might also fall back to a cleanroom implementation based on reverse-engineering the original code. As opposed to direct reverse-engineering, this was found to be legal even in the US (which has among the strictest laws in this field). 2005-04-14 7:16 pm Full of mystique and intrigue. Maybe you can point to the interface with this secret API, since DirectX is accessed through COM.