Quote:ReactOS 0.4 brings open source Windows closer to reality
The team behind ReactOS, an open-source reimplementation of Windows, released a new version that brings improved hardware support and better filesystem support, among a variety of other changes.
ReactOS is a free and open source implementation of the Windows NT architecture, which intends to provide support for existing applications and drivers, outside of the control of Microsoft.
Much like Linux distributions, the ReactOS team is responsible for integrating a variety of libraries together to create a working OS image. As a result, the ReactOS team is not responsible for recreating every core function of Windows—the TCP/IP stack is provided by lwIP, fonts are handled by freetype, and various other libraries like libjpeg, libpng, and zlib (among others) are provided by upstream projects which are also incorporated in various Linux distributions. Accordingly, support for Win32 programs is provided through WINE, with the kernel and other low-level utilities written by the ReactOS team.
It is worth noting that ReactOS is a substantially smaller and lightweight OS than Windows. At less than 150 MB, the install image is really quite tiny. For comparison, the minimum system requirements of Windows 10 require 16GB for installation.
Read more: techrepublic.com
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This could be big.
Run your windows stuff on another OS?
While the latest windows 10 is a spyware machine?
An interesting fact about all this is, the Russian government
has selectedReactOS as part of an ongoing plan to replace the
use of closed-source software with domestic and open source solutions.
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This is Friggin' interesting.
I wonder if the Russians made a $$££€€ contribution?