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ntReactOS is no flash in the pan; look at the years on the copyright notice to see how far back this project goes.
ntReactOS acknowledges the other free and open-source projects used to create this distribution. As can be seen in the GPL dialog to the left, ReactOS uses GPL v2.
ntReactOS aims to create an operating system that is binary compatible with Windows NT 5.0. That quest gets off to a good start with something I remember from Windows days of old: the new hardware dialog. It couldn’t find the drivers for it either, much like circa-2000 era Windows.
ntThe ReactOS explorer offers some extra functionality and views over its Windows namesake. At the bottom is the ReactOS collection of control panels.
ntA familiar collection of applications: Notepad, RegEdit, and the Device Manager.
ReactOS: old favourites
ntSolitaire, Minesweeper, and the command prompt.
ReactOS: installing new software
ntInstalling new software is a similar process to other open-source package-management solution.
ReactOS: installing Firefox
ntAfter downloading the Firefox package from the Application Manager, the usual Windows installer appears.
ReactOS: running Firefox
ntFirefox functions without any issues, unless you hit that “Apply Update” button; then bad things happen.
ReactOS: a front end to system.ini
ntWhere was this tool when I needed it?!?!
ReactOS: Diablo II
ntOh boy, Diablo II; this is going to be awesome!
ReactOS: Diablo II, not so awesome
ntUm, yeah, this is not as awesome as I expected. Hopefully the bad colouring is because I am running this in a VirtualBox instance.
ntEven the ReactOS installer throws back to the Windows installers of yore.
ReactOS: installation restrictions
ntAs alpha software, it’s no shock to learn that it isn’t as flexible as many other operating systems.
ReactOS: file systems
ntReactOS has one choice of filesystem, and the filesystem of choice shall be FAT.
ReactOS: installation progress
ntThanks to its lightweight size, installation of ReactOS was quite quick.
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