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

jeditobe Re:More than 400 bugs were eliminated? (179 comments)

You are bad programmer, because you should know that not even single bugless software exists.

about 6 months ago
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The State of ReactOS's Crazy Open Source Windows Replacement

jeditobe Re:PDF available? (208 comments)

Yes, soon

about 9 months ago
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The State of ReactOS's Crazy Open Source Windows Replacement

jeditobe ReactOS takes an initiative (208 comments)

ReactOS takes an initiative and gets part of its kernel rewritten in c++
Aleksey Bragin, the project coordinator writes:
"Monstera is a new implementation of a memory manager (along with a cache manager) compatible with the ReactOS kernel at source code level and providing the same binary compatible Native API through a lightweight wrapper. Monstera is implemented in a subset of C++ programming language. ...
Key ideas:
1. Object oriented language for object oriented kernel. When NT was implemented, C++ wasn't that good.
...
4. Don't drift away too much. It's still based on NT architecture, but think of it as if Microsoft Research would decide to reimplement NT in C++ for fun."

about 9 months ago
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ReactOS takes an initiative and gets part of its kernel rewritten in c++

jeditobe UDF and laser disc writing support (1 comments)

Alexander Rechitskiy reported that he had convinced the UniATA driver developer to open source his UDF IFS driver for Windows and proposed it be included by default in ReactOS. Objections arose in that some felt UDF was not a core functionality and could be kept separate, while others felt the added convenience of the support was sufficiant to warrant its inclusion. A vote was taken and the proposal to include it in ReactOS by default after testing was passed. https://www.reactos.org/node/713

about 9 months ago
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ReactOS reaches build number 60K by 66th anniversary of firs bug being found

jeditobe The Next Big things (1 comments)

More things are coming soon

about a year ago
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ReactOS Presented to Russian President Putin

jeditobe functional clones (2 comments)

Luckily, Russia has a good deal of experience with producing largely functional clones of western computer systems, so ReactOS could be a perfect fit for them...

about 2 years ago

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ReactOS Community Edition rocks on Indiegogo

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about 4 months ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "ReactOS has went to Indiegogo to collect funds for development of Community Edition distribution. The aim is set to 50 000 dollars. 3800 dollars are already collected.

ReactOS Community Edition comes with new enhancements and features:

        * A newly rewritten User Interface (no Metro — we promise!).
        * It provides the ability to let you install your favorite apps during initial setup.
        * The Community Edition leverages ReactOS 0.4: A new, spectacular version with improved compatibility that will be further boosted by your backing."

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ReactOS project starts it own Summer of code internship and hires developers

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about 5 months ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "The ReactOS Project is seeking qualified individuals to fill paid developer positions. Contracted full time, part time, and internship level positions are all available.

Interested developers and students should submit a CV and academic transcript as applicable to jobs@reactos.org along with a cover letter indicating which position is being applied for and why you feel you are suited for the position.

For any position, you will need to be proficient in C with C++ proficiency being a major plus. C++ proficiency does not equate C proficiency so do not assume you have the latter if you have the former."

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ReactOS project has started its own "Summer of Code" internship programm

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about 5 months ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "The ReactOS Project is seeking qualified individuals to fill developer positions. Contracted full time, part time, and internship level positions are all available. Interested developers and students should submit a CV and academic transcript as applicable to jobs@reactos.org along with a cover letter indicating which position is being applied for and why you feel you are suited for the position. Formalities aside, you do need to prove yourself above and beyond the minimum requirements if you want to be considered for a position. Basically the project will require a demonstration that you know what you're doing. Having accepted patches would be a big plus in your favor, since it shows that you've at least figured out how to compile and test an operating system.
If you do qualify for a position, you'll be joining the very small and exclusive ranks of people who know how to do NT systems development. And believe us, those ranks are very, very small. And yes, you do need to be that good if you want to join those ranks.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at jobs@reactos.org and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible."

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Anonimous Army supports ReactOS kickstarter campaign

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about 6 months ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "Twitter account Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) with more than 1,190, 000 followers recently posted message with words of suuport for ReactOS and it's kickstarter campaign!

ReactOS provides clean environment that is clean from government or hackers trojans."

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ReactOS crafts to perfection with release 0.3.16

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about 6 months ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes ""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. Release images can be found in the usual spot here.

Several video demonstrations of popular software work were made — Office 2003, Photoshop CS2, OpenMPT.""

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ReactOS crafts to perfection with 0.3.16 realease

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about 6 months ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "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. Release images can be found in the usual spot here.

Several video demonstrations of popular software work were made — Office 2003, Photoshop CS2, OpenMPT."

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ReactOS 0.3.16 has been released

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about 6 months ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "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. 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. Release images can be found in the usual spot here.

And for those of you that have not heard of it yet, the project is running a Kickstarter campaign in the form of the Thorium Cloud Desktop. If you want to help the project raise the funds to hire multiple full time developers and bring ReactOS to a state where it can be used for day to day activities, then please spread the word and put up a few bucks to back us."

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ReactOS reaches Kickstarter

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about 7 months ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "Right before Christmas, Aleksey Bragin and Steven Edwards launched the Thorium Core Kickstarter appeal. At its most basic level, the goal is to advance ReactOS development by creating a commercial project using it. The proposed product, as it were, is a remotely accessible desktop environment, basically a computer in the cloud. No longer does one need to shuffle around USB sticks or reinstall applications from computer to computer, simply connect to Thorium and you'll be back to your familiar setup.

The question for this community is of course what does Thorium mean for ReactOS? Well, for one a successful Kickstarter would provide a significant infusion of funds that can be used to develop ReactOS. For another, a successful launch of Thorium would provide an ongoing revenue stream to continue funding development. Another key point is everything that goes into Thorium will get fed back into ReactOS, helping make the operating system better, more compatible, and more stable. There has always been talk about how ReactOS could be applied commercially by other companies. Perhaps it's time to lead the way by showing it can be done via Thorium."

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ReactOS Finally on Kickstarter

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about 7 months ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "Aleksey Bragin, along with Steven Edwards (Present and former ReactOS Project Coordinators) have just launched ReactOS to Kickstarter under the name "Thorium Core Cloud Desktop".

"Thorium Core" is a commercial distribution of ReactOS, the Open Source Windows compatible operating system, targeted for cloud computing

Thorium Core will allow you to configure an optimized, virtualized or embedded system tailored to run Windows-compatible applications using fewer resources than a modern version of Windows would require, without the licensing costs and complexity associated with Microsoft products and giving the user the Freedom that comes with Open Source software."

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ReactOS Finally on Kickstarter

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about 7 months ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "Aleksey Bragin, along with Steven Edwards (Present and former ReactOS Project Coordinators) have just launched ReactOS to Kickstarter under the name "Thorium Core Cloud Desktop".

"Thorium Core" is a commercial distribution of ReactOS, the Open Source Windows compatible operating system, targeted for cloud computing

Thorium Core will allow you to configure an optimized, virtualized or embedded system tailored to run Windows-compatible applications using fewer resources than a modern version of Windows would require, without the licensing costs and complexity associated with Microsoft products and giving the user the Freedom that comes with Open Source software.""

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ReactOS on Kickstarter!

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about 7 months ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "Aleksey Bragin, current coordinator of ReactOs Project, together with Steven Edwards have just launched Kickstarter campaign titled "Thorium Core Cloud Desktop".

"Thorium Core" is a commercial distribution of ReactOS, the Open Source Windows compatible operating system, targeted for cloud computing

Thorium Core will allow you to configure an optimized, virtualized or embedded system tailored to run Windows-compatible applications using fewer resources than a modern version of Windows would require, without the licensing costs and complexity associated with Microsoft products and giving the user the Freedom that comes with Open Source software."

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Google Tech Talk: The Crazy Open Source Attempt To Rewrite Windows From Scratch

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about 9 months ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "In this talk, Alex Ionescu, lead kernel developer for the ReactOS project since 2004 (and recently returning after a long hiatus) will talk about the project's current state, having just passed revision 60000 in the SVN repository. Alex will also cover some of the project's goals, the development and testing methodology being such a massive undertaking (an open source project to reimplement all of Windows from scratch!), partnership with other open source projects (MinGW, Wine, Haiku, etc...).

Alex will talk both about the infrastructure side about running such a massive OS project (but without Linux's corporate resources), as well as the day-to-day development challenges of a highly distributed team and the lack of Win32 internals knowledge that makes it hard to recruit. Finally, Alex will do a few demos of the OS, try out a few games and applications, Internet access, etc, and of course, show off a few blue screens of death."

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ReactOS takes an initiative and gets part of its kernel rewritten in c++

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about 9 months ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "Aleksey Bragin, the project coordinator writes:

Monstera is a new implementation of a memory manager (along with a cache manager) compatible with the ReactOS kernel at source code level and providing the same binary compatible Native API through a lightweight wrapper. Monstera is implemented in a subset of C++ programming language. ...
Key ideas:
1. Object oriented language for object oriented kernel. When NT was implemented, C++ wasn't that good.
...
4. Don't drift away too much. It's still based on NT architecture, but think of it as if Microsoft Research would decide to reimplement NT in C++ for fun.

"

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ReactOS reaches build number 60K by 66th anniversary of firs bug being found

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about a year ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "ReactOS reaches build number 60K by 66th anniversary of first bug being found.

Alex Ionescu tells: "For our 60000th commit, I bring you a complete rewrite of the Named Pipe File System. ... This commit is dedicated to my best friend Rachel, who has not only always been there for me, but was also the motivating factor behind my return to my passion — ReactOS."

Also ReactOS is now able to boot to desktop, launch applications, download through the application manager, play solitaire, minesweeper, launch Task Manager, etc... by using an unmodified Windows 2003 kernel32.dll binary (and, until our NPFS driver is fixed, the unmodified Windows 2003 NPFS driver). This mixing and matching has benefits on both ends — it's now likely that ReactOS' ntdll can run on Server 2003, at least far enough to get to Explorer or Task Manager."

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June 2013 Project of the Month: ReactOS

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about a year ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "SourceForge is proud to announce June’s project of the month, ReactOS, a free, modern operating system written completely from scratch and based on the design of Windows® XP/2003. To learn more about ReactOS we talked to Aleksey Bragin, the current project coordinator."
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KolibriOS: Help us hold our own Summer of Code 2013

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about a year ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "KolibriOS is a small open source x86 operating system written completely in assembly. It was forked off from MenuetOS in 2004 and run under independent development since. KolibriOS has applied as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2013, but got rejected by Google. Now KolibriOS goes on Kickstarter to hold its own Summer of Code 2013"
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A perspective: developers vs. Microsoft

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about a year ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "Most people understand that Windows is used by a variety of people who have a variety of needs, ranging from corporate server to workstation to POS terminals to home PC and beyond. Most people accept that whenever Microsoft updates Windows, it has to balance the competing requirements to find some kind of workable compromise. There is however another set of competing requirements that many do not really register, even those that call themselves power users or are IT admins. It is a conflict between developers/programmers and Microsoft itself"
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Windows NT Kernel Contributor Explains Why Performance is Behind Other OS

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about a year ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "Marc Bevand, aka mrb, was explaining on Hacker News why Windows fell behind Linux in terms of operating system kernel performance and innovation. And out of nowhere an anonymous Microsoft developer who contributes to the Windows NT kernel wrote a fantastic and honest response acknowledging this problem and explaining its cause. His post has been deleted!

But by the effect of Streisand information is spreading around!"

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Re-checking the ReactOS project - a large report

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about a year ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "The ReactOS project is rapidly developing.
We analyzed this project once some time ago. The results of that check were described in the post "PVS-Studio: analyzing ReactOS's code" . After re-checking the project, we have found a lot of new bugs and suspicious code fragments.
One of the developers participating in this project suggested that we re-analyzed the source code, as the code base is growing fast. We were glad to do that. We like this project, and we'll be happy if this article helps the developers to eliminate some bugs. Analysis was performed with the PVS-Studio 5.02 code analyzer."

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