ReactOS, an open source Windows

ReactOS is an experimental Open Source operating system that simulates the Windows NT architecture and allows running apps from it.

ReactOS is an experimental Open Source operating system that simulates the Windows NT architecture and allows running apps from it.

ReactOS is an open source operating system, which has the main function of being a kind of Windows clone. ReactoOS is not a windows clone more not a simple linux system with Windows Skin, but it is a system that copies the architecture of Windows NT with the aim of running drivers, applications and other software that until now was only reserved for Windows.

It seems that the words Windows and open source are completely antonyms, since Microsoft has always been characterized by proprietary and paid softwareHowever, the people in charge of ReactOS have created this system so that Windows and open source are synonymous.

The project is still in fairly early development (Alpha phase), but anda shows quite good performance running typical Microsoft system applications and drivers, including the famous Windows registry.

Regarding the design it presents, It is similar to the design that Windows offered in Windows 98, therefore it is somewhat outdated. However, in the following versions I imagine that they will try to bring the newer Windows skins to the ReactOS system.

What you can tell that it is not Windows is that it has a package manager as in our Linux systems. From this package we can install many applications as if it were just another Linux system.

Although this project is only in the Alpha phase and similar objectives can be achieved using Wine, it seems to me a good initiative since many people or many companies which are used to using Windows, pThey will be able to load a very similar system at cost 0, without having to pay for expensive Microsoft system licenses.

The Official Site of the project we will be able to download the version for testing on our computers. Something very good about this project is that includes preloaded versions of virtual machines like VirtualBox, so that we can test it more easily.

Personally, I have been testing the VirtualBox version and it works quite well, the system recognizes it as Windows XP and has let me install the Guest Additions, but it hasSome problems with mouse integration, some drivers and I have not been able to properly configure a shared folder. In conclusion I know that although it is well thought out, it still has a lot to polish


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  1.   clown said

    I remember that this project had stalled since M $ sued them for supposedly stealing part of the Güindous 2K Kernel.

    1.    azpe said

      Already but it seems that they continue working. But do not be surprised that Microsoft throws it back, because if this project were to end, many companies would stop using Windows to cut expenses in user licenses, which is where Windows gets most of the money (from that, from computers that come with Windows and sell data, because many people who already had an old Windows pirate the new Windows).
      But hey, we will have to wait a bit to see what this is.
      regards

    2.    Alexander said

      This is false information.
      There was no conflict with Microsoft.

  2.   drtanaka said

    This project has been in development since 1998, so it is not exactly new, the problem is the lack of developers and it will probably never get anywhere.

  3.   Alexander said

    ReacrOS 0.4 coming soon here
    Read more of this article http://www.linter.ru/en/news/4189/