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Free ReactOS...anyone have experience with this OS?


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#1 Warthog-Fan

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 02:12 PM

A friend of mine just sent me a link to a page for the ReactOS free Windows compatible operating system. There wasn't much information about it except that it was compatible with Windows (they didn't say which version) but they made it sound great. Since it's free and because over 100 people helped to develop it, I'm a little concerned about security and about how the developers are paying the bills (advertising, collecting user data, etc.?). Has anyone else heard of this OS or have any experience with it?

 

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 02:18 PM

There's a lot of press out there on it, but given that it's been around for almost 20 years that's no surprise.  It's still considered to be in alpha state.

 

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 03:09 PM

I see that they include Free DOS and it was supposed to be based on Windows 95; so what file system are they using? FAT?


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 04:21 PM

Sounds like something that I wouldn't be interested in right now if it really has been around for 20 years and it's still in alpha state.



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Posted 25 April 2018 - 04:45 PM

Sounds like something that I wouldn't be interested in right now if it really has been around for 20 years and it's still in alpha state.

 

Well, if you read about the history that's presented on the wikipedia page it's not a surprise why this is the case.  I certainly wouldn't consider it for anything other than an experimental installation to play with.

 

It's not all that different from GNU Hurd in the Linux world.


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Posted 26 April 2018 - 04:48 PM

Well thats the thing the only thing that is windows is windows, I mean reactOS isnt bad by any stretch of the imagination but in the long run you may be better off sticking to windows if you are worried about 100% compatibility or running windows in a virtual environment like parallels in Mac or a VM in linux if you want windows but not be in control of your system.

If you got a new machine virtualization is a good alternative to a full blown windows installing that is if you have the right parts for it.


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