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Last Update: 2019-12-03 23:52 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: 18 (543), 6 months: 20 (445), 3 months: 21 (461), 4 weeks: 29 (357), 1 week: 31 (363)

Average visitor rating: 4.4/10 from 89 review(s).

ReactOS Summary
Distribution ReactOS
Home Page http://www.reactos.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://www.reactos.org/forum/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://www.reactos.org/wiki
Screenshots http://www.reactos.org/screenshots
Download Mirrors http://www.reactos.org/download
Bug Tracker http://jira.reactos.org/
Related Websites Wikipedia
Reviews 0.4.x: DistroWatchDistroWatchDedoimedotlhp.cfLinuxFR (French)
0.3.x: DistroWatchTalLinux (Italian) • LinuxBSDosMatthias EndlerNeoSmart Technologies
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2019-09-23: OS Release: ReactOS 0.4.12
 • 2019-03-04: OS Release: ReactOS 0.4.11
 • 2018-11-06: OS Release: ReactOS 0.4.10
 • 2018-07-23: OS Release: ReactOS 0.4.9
 • 2018-04-15: OS Release: ReactOS 0.4.8
 • 2017-12-06: OS Release: ReactOS 0.4.7
 • 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
 • More ReactOS releases...

 •2018-08-01 ReactOS boots from Btrfs
 •2018-06-03 ReactOS can build itself
 •2016-11-08 ReactOS working on Word 2010
 • More ReactOS headlines...

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Feature 0.4.12 0.3.17
Release Date 2019-09-20 2014-11-05
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 78-110  
Free Download ISO ISO
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 0.4.12 0.3.17
abiword (3.0.4) 3.0.2 2.9.4
alsa-lib ( -- --
ati-driver (18.30) -- --
bash (5.0) -- --
bind (9.15.6) -- --
chromium (78.0.3904.108) -- --
cups (2.3.0) -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) -- --
e2fsprogs (1.45.4) -- --
firefox (71.0) 65.0.2 33.0
freetype (2.10.1) -- --
gcc (9.2.0) -- --
gimp (2.10.14) 2.10.12 --
glibc (2.30) -- --
gnome-shell (3.34.1) -- --
gnucash (3.7) 3.7 --
gnumeric (1.12.46) -- --
grub (2.04) -- --
gtk (3.24.13) -- --
httpd (2.4.41) -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) 0.92 --
k3b (19.08.3) -- --
kmod (26) -- --
krita (    
libreoffice (6.3.3) 6.3.1 4.3.2
linux (5.4.2) -- --
Package 0.4.12 0.3.17
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- --
mariadb (10.5.0) -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.2) -- --
mesa (19.2.7) 19.1.7 --
mysql (8.0.18) -- --
nautilus (3.34.2) -- --
NVIDIA (440.36) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (13.0.1) -- --
openssh (8.1p1) -- --
openssl (1.1.1d) -- --
perl (5.30.1) -- --
php (7.4.0) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.17.4) -- --
postfix (3.4.8) -- --
postgresql (12.1) -- --
Python (3.8.0) 3.7.4 3.4.2
qt (5.13.2) -- --
samba (4.11.3) -- --
systemd (244) -- --
thunderbird (68.3.0) 60.5.2 31.2.0
vim (8.1) -- --
vlc (3.0.8) 3.0.8 2.1.5
xfdesktop (4.14.1) -- --
xorg-server (1.20.6) -- --

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Version: 0.4.12
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-10-21
Votes: 7

I actually got ReactOS installed on my Z170 Extreme7+ with the GeForce 1660 TI card and qty 4 monitors of 4K each. The default graphics ran a single monitor at 800 x 600 no trouble. However, I was extremely limited in what I could do on the system since my board has a single PS2 connector and I had the choice of going mouse only or keyboard only and mouse only was going nowhere. Even the keyboard only options were an issue due to maneuvering around the pages. Still no working secondary PCIE devices and no working USB at all. I even got Win XP PCIE and USB drivers but without a mouse it was murder trying to copy them from another drive to the ReactOS directory - I couldn't manage it. The hardware wizard wouldn't load them because they weren't execute files. I checked the installation out as much as I could via the keyboard actions and it looked good, but I was extremely limited in using the system because it needed drivers for so many things and without the USB driver to work the mouse it was impossible to work the GUI to get the network connection working to get on-line drivers. The devs need to include a generic USB driver and have it take precedence over a PS2 connector.

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Version: 0.4.12
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-10-20
Votes: 1

I was checking ReactOS out for a friend who isn't real computer tech capable. I run a rather stronger that usual system with an ASRock Z170 Extreme7+ and 4 monitors that are 4K off a Geforce 1660 TI card. I had two issues, the first was the live CD wouldn't work the Graphics card so I removed it and went to the on-board graphics. Then I had an issue with ReactOS detecting the PS2 port and expecting a PS2 mouse. Once I got an old mouse and rebooted the live system it came up and worked well, even in 3840 x 2160 of the single monitor I had working on it now. The OS worked like expected but it didn't fully utilize the available RAM. I did try to install from the live CD, but it gave me a hardware fault. When I have more time I'll down load the install version and try that, then see if I can find a driver for my graphics card.

I also tried it on a Lenovo Think Pad L520 and installed and worked fine.

In both cases I booted it in the Live CD Debug mode so I could see what it was doing.

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Version: 0.4.12
Rating: 1
Date: 2019-10-03
Votes: 5

I wanted to try the distro (live cd) but it wont boot!

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