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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.

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RE[6]: A much needed step
By cb88 on 2018-04-17 01:50:43
Yeah as the OP I'll say he's pretty off topic but since we went there...

If I want a windows license I'll just buy a supported version... My test driving of ReactOS is purely out of curiosity at their current state of affairs and I wasn't expecting it to be ready but they have made a lot of improvements.

Also another source of XP if you just need to do some occasional testing https://developer.microsoft.com/e...
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RE[6]: A much needed step
By Kochise on 2018-04-17 04:40:35
Criticizing hobby OSes made from scratch and having much goal than testing kernel development is one thing. Find me criticizing SyllableOS, VisiopSYS, Haiku, whatever, you'll find non.

Criticizing an OS in development for 20 years and still haven't reached a stable level for even base functionalities like memory management, I beg to differ and express some doubts.
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RE[7]: A much needed step
By Darkmage on 2018-04-17 18:51:21
It's improved dramatically from the previous two releases though. Using filezilla to copy thouands of files is now stable and fast. Before it would grind to a halt.
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RE[5]: A much needed step
By Megol on 2018-04-17 19:14:44
> > 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.


WINE have in the past at least. Haven't followed lately however given that they are both open source projects with compatible licenses working on the same type of software I don't see why that would have changed. They both benefit from that.
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RE[2]: A much needed step
By zima on 2018-04-17 20:20:18
> ReactOS will remain highly useful for a lot of people
You wrote that without laughing?
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RE: Firefox support
By zima on 2018-04-17 20:22:54
> it would make ReactOS a lot more useful for me
But still some rather low values of "useful"...
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RE[7]: A much needed step
By roytam1 on 2018-04-18 06:29:18
> Criticizing an OS in development for 20 years and still haven't reached a stable level for even base functionalities like memory management, I beg to differ and express some doubts.

Because it shows how complex NT memory management is, which leads to difficulties when correctly implementing it.
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RE[8]: A much needed step
By yahya on 2018-04-18 10:32:42
> > Criticizing an OS in development for 20 years and still haven't reached a stable level for even base functionalities like memory management, I beg to differ and express some doubts.

Because it shows how complex NT memory management is, which leads to difficulties when correctly implementing it.


There sure are reasons, why ReactOS is still so horribly unstable after 20 years. The problem is: That doesn't make it any more likely that it will become more mature any time soon.
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RE[7]: A much needed step
By Andre on 2018-04-18 10:40:51
> Also another source of XP if you just need to do some occasional testing https://developer.microsoft.com/e...

Where do you see XP on that? The oldest entry I see is IE8 on Windows 7
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RE[9]: A much needed step
By Megol on 2018-04-18 12:25:40
> > > Criticizing an OS in development for 20 years and still haven't reached a stable level for even base functionalities like memory management, I beg to differ and express some doubts.

Because it shows how complex NT memory management is, which leads to difficulties when correctly implementing it.


There sure are reasons, why ReactOS is still so horribly unstable after 20 years. The problem is: That doesn't make it any more likely that it will become more mature any time soon.


That's not valid logic. The problem is manpower, limited time per person to dedicate to the project and limited persons interested in helping.

The development model isn't the problem as showed by many well known projects, the license isn't the problem, the "moving goalpost" argument is just stupid, documentation of Windows NT is adequate if lacking in detail (=needs more effort).
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