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ReactOS 0.4.4 released
By Thom Holwerda, submitted by AmineKhaldi on 2017-02-16 23:09:57

Today marks the fifth release of the ReactOS 0.4.x series, as well as the fifth following the 4 month release cycle started by 0.4.0 itself. Progress has continued steadily, with a great deal of work going on in the background to improve ReactOS' general usability and stability. Many of these improvements were on display at the FOSDEM convention in Brussels that took place on the 4th and 5th of this month. Certainly one of the more notable albeit less visible additions was the incorporation of basic printing support by Colin Finck. At present ReactOS is only capable of sending print commands to a parallel port printer, but this is the first step towards universal support and Colin should be applauded for his effort.

It seems ReactOS can run Office 2007 now. That's actually quite neat.

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Excellent
By MarkHughes on 2017-02-17 07:36:36
I keep seeing news about this OS and it seems like it is becoming more viable as a main OS each time it's updated. I keep running it on a virtual machine to see how its going but I look forward to the day I can put it on a partition :)
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RE: Excellent
By birdie on 2017-02-17 09:54:37
It's less stable than Windows 95. Nope, ReactOS is nowhere near ready to replace Windows 7/8/10.
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RE[2]: Excellent
By ebasconp on 2017-02-17 13:31:15
What about being a "server" low-memory-print replacement to run microservices instances or that stuff?
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RE[3]: Excellent
By Ford Prefect on 2017-02-17 13:42:31
Like Linux with Wine?
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RE[4]: Excellent
By ebasconp on 2017-02-17 13:44:40
Kind of, but without the overhead of the translation layer.
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RE[5]: Excellent
By Alfman on 2017-02-17 14:19:29
ebasconp,

> Kind of, but without the overhead of the translation layer.

Someone else can chime in if they know for sure, but I'm not sure there is any overhead at all because it's not an emulator in any way, programs running on wine are just linked to new libraries offering a wine implementation of the windows APIs.

Sometimes wine's implementation of library functions is faster than microsoft's original implementation.

http://stackoverflow.com/questio...

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Linux-a...


I wasn't looking for this and it's not about wine, but it came up in my search and I found it interesting:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/ano...
> The alleged Microsoft developer opened by saying, "Windows is indeed slower than other operating systems in many scenarios, and the gap is worsening. The cause of the problem is social. There's almost none of the improvement for its own sake, for the sake of glory, that you see in the Linux world."

It's not that Windows developers don't want to improve their operating system's performance; the problem is that Microsoft's software development culture discourages improvements. The alleged programmer wrote...



Since you brought it up though, I would also be curious about the performance differences between wine and reactos.

Edited 2017-02-17 14:33 UTC
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RE[3]: Excellent
By dark2 on 2017-02-17 19:24:40
It's still leaking memory everywhere leading to a system crash, and probably still having problems with corrupting it's own file system. However there was at least one person running their FPGA dev software on it because the Linux version wasn't any good and it didn't run on modern Windows versions.
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RE[5]: Excellent
By jgfenix on 2017-02-17 20:46:30
I don't know how efficient ReactOS' kernel and systems are but I suspect that much worse than Linux or Windows.
But I thought the same as you: one could customize a ReactOS' image to be as small as possible and run a Windows' program in a server. I am thinking specifically of Metatrader or some other trading software.
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RE[6]: Excellent
By Alfman on 2017-02-17 21:34:31
jgfenix,
> I am thinking specifically of Metatrader or some other trading software.

I guess you are a trader then? There's a lot I'd like to learn about that but I don't know anyone who does it.

This year I started collecting stock market data and writing algorithms to analyze it. I was thinking of throwing a bit of money at it and seeing how well it does, but I'd like to hear from people who have a lot more experience it in than I have.
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can run Office 2007 now
By allanregistos on 2017-02-18 00:38:30
> It seems ReactOS can run Office 2007 now

Which is nice and yes a feat. But it cannot print, so back to square one. I hope the OS can print, then it can be more tested, with square one, we need another 10 years of waiting, but life is short. So NO.

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