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DistroWatch.com: ReactOS

ReactOS

Last Update: 2017-09-19 01:05 UTC


ReactOS is a free and open-source operating system based on the best design principles found in the Windows NT architecture. Written completely from scratch, ReactOS is not a Linux-based system and it shares none of the UNIX architecture. The main goal of the ReactOS project is to provide an operating system which is binary compatible with Windows. This will allow Windows applications and drivers to run as they would on a Windows system. Additionally, the look and feel of the Windows operating system is used, such that people accustomed to the familiar user interface of Windows would find using ReactOS straightforward. The ultimate goal of ReactOS is to allow people to use it as an alternative to Windows without the need to change software they are used to.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 16 (567), 6 months: 16 (530), 3 months: 18 (476), 4 weeks: 23 (390), 1 week: 25 (388)

Average visitor rating: 4.55/10 from 31 review(s).


ReactOS Summary
Distribution ReactOS
Home Page http://www.reactos.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://www.reactos.org/forum/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://www.reactos.org/wiki
Screenshots http://www.reactos.org/screenshots
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.reactos.org/downloadLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker http://jira.reactos.org/
Related Websites Wikipedia
Reviews 0.4.x: DistroWatchDedoimedotlhp.cfLinuxFR (French)
0.3.x: DistroWatchTalLinux (Italian) • LinuxBSDosMatthias EndlerNeoSmart Technologies
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-09-02: OS Release: ReactOS 0.4.6
 • 2017-05-18: OS Release: ReactOS 0.4.5
 • 2017-02-16: OS Release: ReactOS 0.4.4
 • 2016-11-16: OS Release: ReactOS 0.4.3
 • 2016-08-16: OS Release: ReactOS 0.4.2
 • 2016-05-17: OS Release: ReactOS 0.4.1
 • 2016-02-17: OS Release: ReactOS 0.4.0
 • 2014-11-05: Development Release: ReactOS 0.3.17
 • 2014-02-06: Development Release: ReactOS 0.3.16
 • More ReactOS releases...

  Headlines:
 •2016-11-08 ReactOS working on Word 2010
 • More ReactOS headlines...

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Feature 0.4.6 0.3.17
Release Date 2017-09-02 2014-11-05
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 64-88  
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation    
Default Desktop ReactOS Explorer ReactOS Explorer
Package Management    
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software other other
Journaled File Systems -- --
Multilingual en en
Asian Language Support -- --
Full Package List    
Package 0.4.6 0.3.17
abiword (3.0.2) 2.9.4 2.9.4
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) -- --
ati-driver (16.40) -- --
bash (4.4.12) -- --
bind (9.11.2) -- --
chromium (61.0.3163.100) -- --
cups (2.2.5) -- --
dhcp (4.3.6) -- --
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) -- --
firefox (56.0.1) 55.0.3 33.0
freetype (2.8.1) -- --
gcc (7.2.0) -- --
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22 --
glibc (2.26) -- --
gnome-shell (3.26.1) -- --
gnucash (2.6.18-1) 2.6.17 --
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- --
grub (2.02) -- --
gtk+ (3.22.24) -- --
httpd (2.4.28) -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) 0.92 --
k3b (17.08.2) -- --
kmod (24) -- --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- --
libreoffice (5.4.2) 5.4.1 4.3.2
linux (4.13.7) -- --
Package 0.4.6 0.3.17
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- --
mariadb (10.2.9) -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- --
mesa (17.2.2) 17.1.8 --
mysql (5.7.20) -- --
nautilus (3.26.0) -- --
NVIDIA (384.90) 52.16 --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (8u144) -- --
openssh (7.6p1) -- --
openssl (1.1.0f) -- --
perl (5.26.1) -- --
php (7.1.10) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.11.0) -- --
postfix (3.2.3) -- --
postgresql (10.0) -- --
Python (3.6.3) 3.6.2 3.4.2
qt (5.9.2) -- --
samba (4.7.0) -- --
systemd (235) -- --
thunderbird (52.4.0) 52.3.0 31.2.0
vim (8.0) -- --
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.6 2.1.5
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- --
xorg-server (1.19.5) -- --

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for ReactOS

Average rating
4.5
from 31 review(s)



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Version: 0.4.6
Rating: 5
Date: 2017-09-07
Votes: 2


It is a shame, Reactos is using some estrange zip compression, live disk wont play, the installable Os does not open and one sees the screen with a hiphen blinking if one wants for hours.
For me it doesnt work, I have tried the last 3 flavors (4.0, 4.5 and 4.6)
Before with 3.0 it didnt work well but it wolud play .


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Version: 0.4.6
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-09-05
Votes: 6


installed on an old DELL Inspiron 1520

After installing Broadcom NIC drivers and Intel chipset drivers have got up an running on the internet with Firefox. v28

This is ALPHA software so is not expected to work on all machines or for all software.

Considering this is a FREE operating system which is equivalent to MS Windows developed by people for FREE, this is a great achievement. It is not Linux but intended to be truly Windows compatible.

Of course a lot of hardware/drivers not working yet eg USB, sound (not all), wireless networking but these will come...

great job - keep it up


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Version: 0.4.6
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-09-05
Votes: 2


Installed in VirtualBox with a single core, 1024 MB base memory 32 MB video memory and its pretty solid. I'm writing this comment in Opera on React OS installed using the React OS application manager. Still lots to do, USB to serial ports not working for example, but its starting to show real promise now. Boots much faster then Windows XP let alone Vista / 7 or 10. An outstanding effort.


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