Just a few days ago the ReactOS development team announced the release of a new version of your operating system with which the system arrives with its new version ReactOS 0.4.9.
In this new version of ReactOS 0.4.9, They present us with the new improvements and corrections around their previous version and above all some new developments which we can learn about below.
For those of our readers who still do not know ReactOS I can tell you that this is an open source operating system for PC x86 / x64 designed to be binary-compatible with computer programs and device drivers designed for Microsoft Windows Server 2003.
Therefore, It is important to highlight and understand at this point that ReactOS is not a system that uses the Linux Kernel, It is a system created from scratch that follows the FLOSS development model as an alternative to Windows.
System development started as a Windows 95 clone, which was discontinued in early 1998 as ReactOS, and has continued with the gradual incorporation of features from the latest versions of Windows.
ReactOS It is mainly written in the C programming language, with some elements, such as ReactOS Explorer and the sound stack, written in the C ++ language. The project relies on MinGW for compilation, and its development is contributed through the presentation of patches to its components.
In short, and those shared by its creators, the system is basically:
The main goal of the ReactOS project is to provide an operating system that is binary compatible with Windows… in such a way that people used to the familiar Windows user interface would find it easy using ReactOS. The ultimate goal of ReactOS is to allow Windows to be removed and ReactOS installed without the end user noticing the change.
New version of ReactOS 0.4.9.
En this new version of ReactOS 0.4.9 we can find a series of improvements and especially the corrections that were integrated in this new version.
Of the main characteristics that we can highlight, we can find that the system shell has been improved with which ZIP files can now be extracted from the system file manager.
System stability was improved, since it worked on a bottleneck for the leakage of resources caused by the FastFAT driver which had a considerable leakage of resources when having conflicts with the memory manager, the common cache, the hardware abstraction layer ( HAL).
Another notable improvement in FastFAT is the rewriting of support for damaged volumes which greatly reduces the possibility of file corruption. Every time a damaged volume has been detected during boot “chkdsk” will trigger a repair on those volumes.
As well now it is possible in our new version to be able to drag folders and drop them into another location, with this we will be shown a contextual menu asking us what action to take, whether to copy the folder, move the folder or create a direct access.
In the ReactOS 0.4.9 setup program. a new dialog was added, as well as the starting and stopping of services, the device manager and the sound mixer were improved in order to improve their efficiency and stability.
Finally we can highlight that the compatibility of Windows applications with the system was improved, as this new version presents different libraries and APIs, which allows the possibility of ReactOS to present itself as Windows 8.1.
Download ReactOS 0.4.9.
If you want to test this operating system, you can obtain an image of the system by going to the official website of the project and in the download section of the page you can find the download link of this new version of the system.
In this section we can find the system in two different versions, one of which is the famous bootcdy LiveCD.