www. O S N E W S .com
News Features Interviews
BlogContact Editorials
.
ReactOS 0.4.8 released
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-04-16 01:51:54

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.

 Email a friend - Printer friendly - Related stories
.
Post a new comment
Read Comments: 1-10 -- 11-20 -- 21-30 -- 31-35
.
RE[3]: A much needed step
By darknexus on 2018-04-16 18:54:03
And ifyou're dumb enough to put an XP machine on the internet, you deserve to lose any IT job you may have. If you actually advise someone who doesn't know tech to do this, shame the hell on you!
Permalink - Score: 0
.
Firefox support
By tanishaj on 2018-04-16 19:20:12
Since version 48, Firefox no longer supports Windows XP and thus does not work on ReactOS either. This is a major problem since Firefox wants to auto-update to the latest version.

If the new NT6+ support could make up-to-date Firefox work again, it would make ReactOS a lot more useful for me.
Permalink - Score: 2
.
RE[4]: A much needed step
By Kochise on 2018-04-16 19:35:10
The OP wasn't going on the internet. You don't necessarily stumble upon a malware if you follow some easy rules. Windows Defender still works on XP and prevent already a large broad of attacks. I do have a 2000/XP machine and use it to go on the internet, mostly to check some compatibilities, never had a problem, just watch your steps.

Like vaccines, it doesn't prevent you from being cautious. Common sense would I say.
Permalink - Score: 4
.
RE[4]: A much needed step
By yahya on 2018-04-16 21:18:14
> 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.
Permalink - Score: 2
.
RE: Firefox support
By jgfenix on 2018-04-16 21:57:36
No problem at all. You can use an Extended Support Release. In fact in an unsupported OS Firefox will suggest you to update to the latest ESR version the OS supports.
Permalink - Score: 3
.
RE[3]: A much needed step
By Darkmage on 2018-04-16 22:04:29
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
Permalink - Score: 0
.
I just want stability
By dark2 on 2018-04-16 23:56:36
I don't care if it's never functionally close, I just want it to be able to run for weeks at a time without bsods. Then it won't matter too much that it's far from feature complete.
Permalink - Score: 2
.
RE[5]: A much needed step
By chowyunpat on 2018-04-17 00:06:34
Kochise: I see you haven't changed much, still criticizing alternative and hobby OSes. These people are doing something they feel passionate about, it doesn't matter to them if you don't like it. Why don't you create something instead of trying to tear down someone's project?
Permalink - Score: 0
.
RE[2]: Firefox support
By cb88 on 2018-04-17 01:43:12
Nope, if you install Firefox 48 ESR, it will try to update to 52 ESR and break because ReactOS doesn't support something that it needs yet even though 52 works on XP.

The real solution is to implement the NT6 stuff that current firefox needs....
Permalink - Score: 3
.
RE: I just want stability
By cb88 on 2018-04-17 01:46:10
I think the they have a leak in their winstock implementation as or perhaps the file system or cache subsystem... as whenever you download something large it seems to leak like a sieve and crash but if you avoid doing things like that it's pretty stable.
Permalink - Score: 4

Read Comments 1-10 -- 11-20 -- 21-30 -- 31-35

There are 1 comment(s) below your current score threshold.

Post a new comment
Username

Password

Title

Your comment

If you do not have an account, please use a desktop browser to create one.
LEAVE SPACES around URLs to autoparse. No more than 8,000 characters are allowed. The only HTML/UBB tags allowed are bold & italics.
Submission of a comment on OSNews implies that you have acknowledged and fully agreed with THESE TERMS.
.
News Features Interviews
BlogContact Editorials
.
WAP site - RSS feed
© OSNews LLC 1997-2007. All Rights Reserved.
The readers' comments are owned and a responsibility of whoever posted them.
Prefer the desktop version of OSNews?