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Added:May 21, 2014
Updated:May 21, 2014
Package Author: sewlek
ReactOS is a free and open-sourced operating system based on the Windows NT architecture, providing support for existing applications and drivers, and an alternative to the current dominant consumer operating system.

It would be perhaps important to start by saying what ReactOS -isn't-. It is not another wrapper built on Linux, like WINE. It does not attempt or plan to compete with WINE; in fact, the user-mode part of ReactOS is almost entirely WINE-based and our two teams have cooperated closely in the past. ReactOS is also not "yet another OS". It does not attempt to be a third player, like SkyOS or any other alternative OS out there. People are not meant to uninstall Linux and use ReactOS instead; ReactOS is a replacement for Windows users who want a Windows replacement that behaves just like Windows.

While ReactOS' source availability and current usage is mostly intended for programmers to expand and improve on, you don't need to be a rocket scientist to use it, and in its final state will be a consumer friendly OS. If you've used Windows before, you'll find yourself in a familiar environment with ReactOS. The learning curve, if any, should be minimal, since ReactOS duplicates many of the Windows graphical environment applets, control panels and dialogs (Windows 2000/XP/2003).

Focus at present is on developing ReactOS to a stage where it is capable of running most Windows drivers and applications "out of the box." This does not mean that ReactOS will stop there, however; as new features are added to Windows, our developers be striving to incorporate such new features in future versions of ReactOS. Once the compatibility level has been reached, we may even choose to improve ReactOS beyond its Windows roots. These changes would be external from the main OS, and totally compatible with Windows, but they would add an extra advantage. For example, one of our goals is to have built-in POSIX compatibility, much like Windows Services for Unix. It could also be as simple as natively supporting multiple desktops however, instead of requiring a powertoy.

ReactOS® is a registered trademark of the ReactOS Foundation.
Windows® NT™ is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
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ReactOS using qemu. Thanks to ingoreis for making the qemu image!
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24/05/2014 08:35 UTC
@dimag0g - ReactOS is x86 native - just like Windows (otherwise it wouldn't be Windows compatible). No, it doesn't use any binaries from Windows, it's completely 100% open. But if you compiled for ARM, you still wouldn't be able to run any Windows apps in it.
23/05/2014 07:11 UTC
Does anybody know the reason to run ReactOS on emulator? I though it was open-source. Does it still use binary blobs from windows?
22/05/2014 21:56 UTC
oh wow i forgot to mention that im not the creator of that image, but I want to update this pnd and try to get shared folder working and update to 0.3.16. i doubt it will speed up though and it wont ever be more than just a toy :)
22/05/2014 19:44 UTC
@magic_sam...my point exactly ;)
22/05/2014 13:52 UTC
@ CCF: your neighborhood is boring, you should consider moving somewhere else ;) Cheers, Magic Sam
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