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Windows Replacement? ReactOS 0.3.16 Gets Themes, CSRSS Rewrite, and More 179

Posted by timothy
from the but-does-it-run-dosbox? dept.
jeditobe writes with this announcement from the ReactOS home page: "The ReactOS Project is pleased to announce the release of version 0.3.16. A little under a year has passed since the previous release and a significant amount of progress has been made. More than 400 bugs were eliminated. Some of the most significant include completion of the CSRSS rewrite and the first stages of a shell32 rewrite. 0.3.16 is in many ways a prelude to several new features that will provide a noticeable enhancement to user visible functionality. A preview can be seen in the form of theme support, which while disabled by default can be turned on to demonstrate the Lautus theme developed by community member Maciej Janiszewki. Another user visible change is a new network card driver for the RTL8139, allowing ReactOS to support newer versions of QEMU out of the box." You can download release images here. Want to see how it handles Windows software? Here are demos of Office 2003, Photoshop CS2, and OpenMPT.
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Windows Replacement? ReactOS 0.3.16 Gets Themes, CSRSS Rewrite, and More

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 09, 2014 @02:50PM (#46204511)

    Have the ReactOS guys reached feature parity with NT4 yet? Last time I tried it, it was almost as unusable as slashdot beta!

  • by smitty_one_each (243267) * on Sunday February 09, 2014 @03:36PM (#46204837) Homepage Journal
    Sort of a master Beta, if you will.
  • Re:Hi (Score:5, Funny)

    by Somebody Is Using My (985418) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @03:49PM (#46204953) Homepage

    I see the new Beta is managing to attract new readers! Welcome!

    A VM or "virtual machine" is a type of computer program that creates an emulated software environment. Not that any real person actually knows what that means. Think of it as a sort of a computer that runs on another computer. You can run multiple "virtual machines" on a single computer; then you give access to individual "VM" to all your clients or employees. Busy executives like yourself love VMs because it saves them so much money on hardware; why waste money on 100 servers when you can just buy one and make it look like you have 100 computers! All your peons down in IT would probably recommend against running it on Windows8, but that's just because they like running complicated things like Linux. Windows 8 can handle VMs just fine, and - thanks to its colorful and touch-friendly interface - it's so easy to use that you can fire all those overpaid geeks and have your secretary handle everything for you. Think of the cost savings!

    I hope that helps; this is just one of those useful tips you'll find on the new Slashdot, now featuring shorter articles and nice big pictures. Not only has Slashdot has been redesigned to make all this computer gibberish more palatable and understandable for management and accounting types, but we've hidden all the comments from all those grumpy greybeards and nerds to make for a better C-level executive experience! Thanks for coming, and enjoy your stay!

  • by chester_br (896400) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @10:31PM (#46207393)

    They started the project over from scratch recently.

    Apparently the old codebase was like polishing a turd.

    You mean, ReactOS or the Slashdot Beta?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 10, 2014 @12:28AM (#46207831)

    More importantly, does the video driver support Hercules mono mode?

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