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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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  • a better Beta (Score:4, Informative)

    by tirnacopu (732831) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @03:47PM (#46204483)

    Slashdot will soon return as http://soylentnews.org/ [soylentnews.org]

  • Slashdot replacement (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 09, 2014 @04:20PM (#46204731)

    Everybody go to http://www.soylentnews.org

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 09, 2014 @04:20PM (#46204735)
    Using the URL http://slashdot.org/?nobeta=1 [slashdot.org] should fix that.
  • On Topic (Score:3, Informative)

    by mexsudo (2905137) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @04:26PM (#46204769)
    "ReactOS is a free and open-source operating system based on the best design principles found in the Windows NT architecture. Written completely from scratch, ReactOS is not a Linux-based system and it shares none of the UNIX architecture. The main goal of the ReactOS project is to provide an operating system which is binary compatible with Windows. This will allow Windows applications and drivers to run as they would on a Windows system. Additionally, the look and feel of the Windows operating system is used, such that people accustomed to the familiar user interface of Windows would find using ReactOS straightforward. The ultimate goal of ReactOS is to allow people to use it as an alternative to Windows without the need to change software they are used to." anybody tried this? pretty obscure, first I heard of it.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 09, 2014 @04:44PM (#46204915)

    Have some comparison screenshots [imgur.com]. First, between the first two pics, note that slashdot's solution to the problem that after you get three-four comments deep in a conversation it becomes unreadable is to just not show comments beyond that point unless you repeatedly mash the get more comments button (compare to Reddit's solution of having a link directly to the rest of the thread). Also note how little text fits on the screen in the beta version compared to the classic version.

    For the third screenshot, note how the fonts for different comments are different for no reason, and how small the comment box is. It's also worth noting that they've removed the maxlength attribute on the comment subject box, so instead of the browser telling you when you've reached the limit, your subject is truncated.

  • by jeditobe (2701857) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @04:50PM (#46204957) Homepage
  • Re:On Topic (Score:5, Informative)

    by jordanjay29 (1298951) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @04:53PM (#46204975)
    It's been around for years, quietly chugging away. The goal is admirable, but with the sluggish progress I've seen, I have little confidence that there will be an actual product someday that will operate as a FOSS platform for natively running Windows software.
  • Re:One day.... (Score:5, Informative)

    by TheRealMindChild (743925) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @05:50PM (#46205317) Homepage Journal
    ReactOS is at a point where it is as compatible as it is going to get, if you get it to a bug free state. The issue is ultimately with other Microsoft libraries that are "part" of Windows, but not. Things like MFC, ADO, VB6 runtime, Terminal services, just to name a few are things we take for granted that just aren't going to be part of ReactOS. They have proxy DLLs with functions that do nothing, but they are monumental tasks all by themselves and most software needs these tidbits to run.
  • Re:Toy project (Score:5, Informative)

    by TuringCheck (1989202) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @06:09PM (#46205451)

    Actually the whole idea of ReactOS was to provide a binary compatible kernel so Windows drivers could be loaded unmodified.

    At the time ReactOS was started the lack of drivers was seriously hurting Linux. Meanwhile the situation has changed and drivers for Linux are no longer something unheard of.

    Also note that ReactOS and Wine share a lot of the higher level library code - in fact all libraries that are pure Win32 with no calls to native libraries.

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