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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 10 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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...

more than 2 years ago

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ReactOS inches closer to becoming true Windows XP clone (New Shell and NTFS)

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about three weeks ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "So finally the new ReactOS Explorer has arrived!

The new ReactOS Explorer is much more compatible, stable, and comes with more features than the current (and now old) explorer. We expect it to be a big quality jump in terms of usability, and the rockstar feature of the upcoming 0.4 release. Just keep reading to discover more about it!

ReactOS is an open source operating system designed to be compatible with Windows XP (and later) apps. It’s been in development for nearly two decades (it actually predates Windows 2000 and grew out of a project called FreeWin95) and it’s still very much a work in progress.

ReactOS was most recently talked about for one of its developers coming up with an open-source AMD SI ISA compatible GPU design while the latest accomplishments from this open-source developer group has came to light.

The developers also unveiled two interesting milestones last mounth. First, ReactOS can now read files from NTFS volumes on a hard drive. Pierre Schweitzer of ReactOS shared, "ReactOS now supports reading files from NTFS volume. This was a long awaited feature people were asking for." A new ReactOS ISO re-spin is now available containing this support. [http://reboot.pro/topic/20149-ntfs-now-supported-in-reactos-livecd/]

Second, ReactOS 0.3.17 was released with an early build of NTVDM, a tool that adds support for 16-bit Windows apps for folks that want to run legacy software.

Also huge bunch of font problems was fixed making possible to run without problems Gimp, Wireshark [https://jira.reactos.org/browse/CORE-4657], Java, Winrar and IntelliJ IDEA [https://jira.reactos.org/browse/CORE-8525]."

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ReactOSinches closer to becoming true Windows XP clone and releases 0.3.17

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about a month and a half ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes ""ReactOS is an open source operating system designed to be compatible with Windows XP (and later) apps. It’s been in development for nearly two decades (it actually predates Windows 2000 and grew out of a project called FreeWin95) and it’s still very much a work in progress.

ReactOS was most recently talked about for one of its developers coming up with an open-source AMD SI ISA compatible GPU design while the latest accomplishments from this open-source developer group has came to light.

The developers unveiled two interesting milestones this week. First, ReactOS can now read files from NTFS volumes on a hard drive. Pierre Schweitzer of ReactOS shared, "ReactOS now supports reading files from NTFS volume. This was a long awaited feature people were asking for." A new ReactOS ISO re-spin is now available containing this support.

Second, ReactOS 0.3.17 was released with an early build of NTVDM, a tool that adds support for 16-bit Windows apps for folks that want to run legacy software.

Also huge bunch of font problems was fixed making possible to run without problems Gimp, Wireshark , Java, Winrar and IntelliJ IDEA."

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ReactOS 0.3.17 releases and inches closer to becoming true Windows XP clone

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about a month and a half ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "ReactOS is an open source operating system designed to be compatible with Windows XP (and later) apps. It’s been in development for nearly two decades (it actually predates Windows 2000 and grew out of a project called FreeWin95) and it’s still very much a work in progress.

ReactOS was most recently talked about for one of its developers coming up with an open-source AMD SI ISA compatible GPU design (http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTgyNTE) while the latest accomplishment from this open-source developer group is read support for NTFS file-systems.

But the developers unveiled two interesting milestones this week. First, ReactOS can now read files from NTFS volumes on a hard drive. Pierre Schweitzer of ReactOS shared, "ReactOS now supports reading files from NTFS volume. This was a long awaited feature people were asking for." A new ReactOS ISO re-spin is now available containing this support. (http://reboot.pro/topic/20149-ntfs-now-supported-in-reactos-livecd/ ).
Second, ReactOS 0.3.17 was released with an early build of NTVDM, a tool that adds support for 16-bit Windows apps for folks that want to run legacy software.

Also huge bunch of font problems was fixed making possible to run without problems Gimp (https://jira.reactos.org/browse/CORE-4657) , Java (https://jira.reactos.org/browse/CORE-8525), winrar and Wireshark"

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ReactOS 0.3.17 Released

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about a month and a half ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "The ReactOS Project is pleased to release
version 0.3.17. A major new feature for this
release is the inclusion of NTVDM, which
provides support for a wide range of 16bit
applications, a long requested feature by the
community. NTVDM is still undergoing work but
we felt that it was ready enough to provide a
sneak peak to the wider community. In addition,
the leadup to the 0.3.17 release saw a very
impressive round of testing by the community.
Several regressions and bugs discovered in the
release candidates were promptly fixed and
incorporated into the final release. ReactOS is
quickly approaching a stage where what the
releases will offer is polish compared to previous
releases. That will be an important milestone, as
it is then that we can begin recommending to
people that they try using ReactOS for day-to-day
computing. We hope you look forward to it as
much as we do.
Users can select from a variety of images to test"

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The ReactOS Foundation officially joins the Open Invention Network

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about 2 months ago

jeditobe (2701857) writes "

The ReactOS Foundation officially joins the Open Invention Network.Membership in this organization will help protect users of ReactOS operating system from possible patent claims around the world (even in the USA), now and in the future.

The Open Invention Network (OIN) is a company that acquires patents and licenses them royalty free to entities which, in turn, agree not to assert their own patents against Linux and Linux-related systems and applications. So in factOIN isis a shared defensive patent pool with the mission to protect Opencource projects. Launched in 2005, OIN has strong industry support with backing from Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Sony and SUSE (a business unit of Novell).

ReactOS Foundation is a non-profit organization registered in the Russian Federation that provides support and promotion for the ReactOS Project. The primary objective of the ReactOS Project is to create an operating system that is binary compatible with applications and drivers developed for the Windows NT series of operating systems. To help further this goal, the ReactOS Foundation exists as an administrative and logistical entity, offering support for the project developers as well as engaging the ReactOS community and providing an avenue for communication and transparency.

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ReactOS Community Edition rocks on Indiegogo

jeditobe jeditobe writes  |  about 8 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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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