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Who's going to "ante up" with ReactOS?

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#1 chrisj1968


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 05:55

I'm going to leave all the BS about Windows 8, either good or bad at the door in this one ladies and gentleman. I am putting my weight behind ReactOS for some very good reasons. they are not bizarre but rather reason of useability.

An added bonus is, this OS is tangible. It isn't Linux though, it DOES use the bootloader that is Open Source like Linux does. But that isn't here or there.

What is nice is, Have you purchased Microsoft Software? then you will be able to install those drivers and software you have.

The Code Audit has been done already and the code is clean of Microsoft code(that there is monumental)

But for guys like myself, I work exclusively from the desktop. I'm a photographer who uses the Adobe Photoshop CS6 from the cloud. Modern UI and touchscreen.

I need either a Dekstop system or laptop to manipulate photographs. But since windows seems to have "evolved", It is a product I cannot use for the purposes I need.

Anyone else anticipating the ReactOS?


#2 Wakers


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:35

I really fail to see how the modern UI prevents you from using desktop Apps.

#3 francescob


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:39

Is it the same OS that added USB mice/keyboard/pendrives and AHCI support only two weeks ago?


Are you sure you don't want some windows 95 floppies from me to borrow?

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:46

Even during the Windows XP years this project was overambitious and irrelevant.

#5 Nick H.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:01

I really fail to see how the modern UI prevents you from using desktop Apps.

Please, pretty please with a cherry on top, can we have one conversation without it swinging back to the dead horse we like to beat so much?

For myself, I'm not anticipating anything in the OS market, let alone ReactOS. I use various OS's depending on my needs/wants.

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 07:34

I installed it (ReactOS 0.3.15) on a spare system yesterday. It was ok... seems like a promising OS but damn they're moving slowly.

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 08:18

do usb mass storage boot drivers exist for any modern version of windows?

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 08:19

ReactOS has been the hobby of a few people in their spare time since it was incarnated and it will always be just that.
It is not fully compatible with windows binaries (afaik there is NO .NET support at all), no-one has ever tested the security on it and it is absolutely no where near finished.
It's great that you want to use such a niche OS and all but you really haven't got a clue if you think you're gonna be using it for your every day needs or that it's magically going to be stable.

#9 Dot Matrix

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 09:50

This OS has been in "Alpha" stage for close to ten years now.

If you need Photoshop (Which runs GREAT on Windows 8), you'll need Windows or Mac OS. You're setting yourself up for hurt by trying to use this mess of bits.

Also: "ReactOS 0.3.15 is still in alpha stage, meaning it is not feature-complete and is recommended only for evaluation and testing purposes."

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 09:57

Why would you move to a project that's ment to simulate Windows NT 5.0 and 5.1 (which means that you can't run Photoshop CS6 on it).

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 10:07

ReactOS isn't going to be a fully usable OS anytime soon. Windows is a complex beast; they'd need a much larger and competent development team to get even close to feature parity with XP, let alone later versions.

Two links from the ReactOS wiki illustrate how far back the project is in comparison to Windows:


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Posted 15 June 2013 - 10:12

While React OS is (and most probably always will be) an alpha, it's a loable project, one I particulary admire. I dont think it will ever reach the needed maturity to compete to its contemporary window versions. However I do believe it will be the OS of choice for retrocomputing users in need of a windows xp, 2000, 98 alternative.

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 10:13

Install Start8. http://www.stardock....roducts/start8/

I recommend sticking with Windows 8 (improved efficiency is one of it's key features). I find it more snappier than Windows 7. You get used the Modern UI and start to appreciate it after a while. (I used to complain about it's minimalism here on Neowin, and now find Aero old-fashioned).

I think ReactOS will stay in alpha status for years to come. It would probably take another decade for it to get to a point where it can successfully emulate 80% of Windows XP's features. By then, Microsoft may have moved to a Linux kernel...

#14 Max Norris

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 10:45

Not really anticipating it myself no. Wine, sure, it's useful when it's needed (and when it works) but you're still using your preferred OS. A Windows workalike? It's always going to be feature/API incomplete, the project is extremely slow, probably all sorts of security issues being overlooked, etc.. why bother with this when you can get the real thing that works 1000% better right now? Not much point to it outside of the "it's a neat experiment" factor. If Windows is your thing and you don't like Metro... then turn it off. It's literally click click done via a number of solutions. Or if that's just too complicated, stick with Windows 7. It's got official support until 2020... it's not going anywhere any time soon. 100% Windows compatibility.

If you want to "stick it to Microsoft" by jumping ship, then at least pick an OS that's actually going somewhere, there's OSX and a bajillion flavors of *Nix. ReactOS is fun to toy with but certainly not suitable for day to day use for a Windows environment.

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 11:41

drivers that allow modern versions of windows to boot and run from usb flash drives. reactos or not.