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ReactOS 0.4.5 released
By Thom Holwerda, submitted by AmineKhaldi on 2017-05-18 21:50:51

ReactOS 0.4.5 has been released.

Thanks to the work of Katayama Hirofumi and Mark Jansen, ReactOS now better serves requests for fonts and font metrics, leading to an improved rendering of applications and a more pleasant user experience. Your continued donations have also funded a contract for Giannis Adamopoulos to fix every last quirk in our theming components. The merits of this work can be seen in ReactOS 0.4.5, which comes with a smoother themed user interface and the future promises to bring even more improvements. In another funded effort, Hermès Bélusca-Maïto has got MS Office 2010 to run under ReactOS, another application from the list of most voted apps. Don’t forget to install our custom Samba package from the Application Manager if you want to try it out for yourself.

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impressive
By project_2501 on 2017-05-19 09:15:49
seriously impression labour of love

and maybe one day a viable alternative that is way more secure against cyber threats .. and way less intrusive with ads and privacy violations

I hope this small seed turns into a massive oak tree
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RE: impressive
By The123king on 2017-05-19 09:37:23
> and maybe one day a viable alternative that is way more secure against cyber threats ..

It's a clone of XP...
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RE[2]: impressive
By spudley99 on 2017-05-19 09:52:28
> > and maybe one day a viable alternative that is way more secure against cyber threats ..

It's a clone of XP...


Oh man, that just makes me wannacry...
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RE[2]: impressive
By Megol on 2017-05-19 12:31:19
> > and maybe one day a viable alternative that is way more secure against cyber threats ..

It's a clone of XP...


Hmm? What are you implying? Because it (even if it were true) have nothing to do with the post you responded to.
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RE[2]: impressive
By gedmurphy on 2017-05-19 12:52:25
I wouldn't say it's a clone of XP.

Most of the kernel interfaces are based on XP so there's a driver model to target, (otherwise you have a mish-mash of kernel APIs, which isn't ideal for kernel code stability) but the OS itself is starting to move past XP both in its UI concepts and its usermode model as a whole.

There are some engineering projects running in the background to facilitate this.

Edited 2017-05-19 12:52 UTC
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RE[3]: impressive
By dark2 on 2017-05-19 13:25:46
> There are some engineering projects running in the background to facilitate this.

They are working on implementing the WOW (Windows on Windows) subsystem for different versions of Windows. On official Windows it runs 32 bit apps on 64 bit Windows, but it appears it should be just fine redirecting api calls to Windows version specific handling code.

Edited 2017-05-19 13:26 UTC
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RE[3]: impressive
By The123king on 2017-05-19 13:55:25
I agree, in the same way that Haiku isn't a clone of BeOS.

But it looks the same, act's the same, works the same and runs the same applications.

I think that's pretty much a clone.

To support my claim: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis... All called clones, but not every machine is compatible with every other. It doesn't need to be identical to be a clone. It just has to be close enough

Edited 2017-05-19 13:57 UTC
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RE[3]: impressive
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2017-05-19 14:00:45
If its true that its a clone of XP, then its likely to be just as insecure as XP was. Some of XP was bad by design, that great code can't fix. But towards the end of the life cycle of XP, Microsoft unleashed a torrent of practices, policies, and technologies to reduce the security related bugs. It would be insanely impressive if recactos could accomplish that same level of quality.
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RE[3]: impressive
By The123king on 2017-05-19 14:04:12
...XP is probably one of the most insecure OSes still in daily use. That's pretty much the whole reason for the UAC in Vista (which everyone hated) and also why Vista and 7 broke so many XP applications.

Oh, and Wannacrypt/Wannacry/Wannadr ypt0r or whatevery you call it.

So yeh, XP is horribly outdated, the architecture is inherently insecure (from the days when everyone had admin privileges and no-one had heard of a sandbox)
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Same old bollox from the commenters
By yerverluvinunclebert on 2017-05-19 15:33:23
As usual, a bunch of tosspots come out of the woodwork spouting inanities, "its XP" &c &c.

These comments are irrelevant.

What is useful to note is that it is based upon Windows server 2003, aims to be driver and application compatible with windows 2003. It will be lightweight, open source and fully documented.

A modicum of investigation and some thought will allow you to arrive at this level of understanding yourself.
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