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    Phoronix: ReactOS 0.3.15 Begins Supporting USB Mice

    ReactOS, the open-source operating system aiming to reimplement the Microsoft Windows NT architecture, finally has out version 0.3.15. New to ReactOS 0.3.15 is early support for USB keyboards, mice, and storage devices...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTM4MTk

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    Hooraaay!

    Originally posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: ReactOS 0.3.15 Begins Supporting USB Mice

    ReactOS, the open-source operating system aiming to reimplement the Microsoft Windows NT architecture, finally has out version 0.3.15. New to ReactOS 0.3.15 is early support for USB keyboards, mice, and storage devices...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTM4MTk


    Hoooray! Bleeding egde capability. Definitely will use ReactOS now. That's what I was missing.

    PS. Nvidia claims it will not support Linux OS anymore. They build a new team and the existing developers in the number of ONE are (is) reassinged to ReactOS.

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    • #3
      Looking better...

      It might almost be useable on newer computers now, if you can find compatible software, have or don't need the right ethernet card, and aren't concerned about wireless or anything exotic like that.

      IE: It's a big step in the right direction..but a step only takes you so far.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ibidem View Post
        IE: It's a big step in the right direction..but a step only takes you so far.
        It's a project that's quite fun for hobby purposes and fun for the project devs, but otherwise completely useless. Anyone who seriously thinks this can ever be a replacement for Windows, needs a serious reality check.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by John123 View Post
          Hoooray! Bleeding egde capability. Definitely will use ReactOS now. That's what I was missing.

          PS. Nvidia claims it will not support Linux OS anymore. They build a new team and the existing developers in the number of ONE are (is) reassinged to ReactOS.
          The whole idea of ReactOS is not needing nvidia to support ReactOS. That's the point of having binary compatability with Windows.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RealNC View Post
            It's a project that's quite fun for hobby purposes and fun for the project devs, but otherwise completely useless. Anyone who seriously thinks this can ever be a replacement for Windows, needs a serious reality check.
            Agreed, but on the other hand, what was the point of making it in the first place? Linux is better at being windows than ReactOS, in a compatibility and functionality point of view anyway.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
              Agreed, but on the other hand, what was the point of making it in the first place?
              Probably something of a 'because we can' kind of thing.

              Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
              Linux is better at being windows than ReactOS, in a compatibility and functionality point of view anyway.
              But it doesn't take Windows drivers. A binary compatible clone of Windows that accepts Windows drivers will have superior support for third-party desktop peripherals and hardware than Linux will ever have since every single such device has at least a Windows driver.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Sonadow View Post
                Probably something of a 'because we can' kind of thing.



                But it doesn't take Windows drivers. A binary compatible clone of Windows that accepts Windows drivers will have superior support for third-party desktop peripherals and hardware than Linux will ever have since every single such device has at least a Windows driver.
                True, but so far how many of those drivers have actually worked?

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                • #9
                  And next Year XP reaches the EOL.

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                  • #10
                    Yea, it would also be a nice middle ground while migrating from Windows to Linux. Gradual changes make it easier to adapt for people.

                    Unfortunately, sometimes it makes me wonder whether ReactOS or Hurd advances faster... Both are currently more or less unusable on regular hardware for daily tasks.

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                    • #11
                      This project was dead when it began. I understand how it might be interesting for the devs to overcome some hc technical difficulties during the development process, but that's right about it.

                      On a side note, I saw a while back a clip from Ukraine or Russia where the touch screen behind a news anchor gave continuously errors which she desperately tried to get rid of. In the end the whole thing came down to a BSoD with the error message and a text stating 'ReactOS'. It's kind of nice to see they implemented the most known feature of Windows, too.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ibidem View Post
                        It might almost be useable on newer computers now, if you...have or don't need the right ethernet card
                        I bet it comes with Token Ring drivers, though.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Nille View Post
                          And next Year XP reaches the EOL.
                          Yes, Windows XP is EOL on 8 april 2014.
                          Windows XP sucks though, Windows 7 and Windows 8 is much better (some things suck in Windows 8 though), but the upcoming Windows 8.1 is looking promising.

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                          • #14
                            I believe I saw an article somewhere on the ethernets in regards to ReactOS having a sort-of paid-for support division. It looked to be focused on the Russian regions, but if it picks up there, it could see more development and actually possibly become something of use. Supporting old apps etc.

                            And the last 12 months were about gutting and reimplementing some of the low-down internals as well if I was reading the previous update notes correct. So now maybe more external facing elements like drivers and software compatilibity can progress.

                            Again, think and though I saw.
                            Last edited by stiiixy; 05-31-2013, 06:20 AM.

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                            • #15
                              For some people it will be very hard/expensive to move away from old windows versions, eg
                              http://tech.slashdot.org/story/13/04...ord-to-upgrade
                              There are also plenty of people using odd peripherals from companies, that either no longer exist, or have no interest in rewriting drivers for old hardware (when they would rather you bought some new hardware).

                              In reality these folk will probably just keep using XP as long as they can. maybe they will disconnect the machines from the network to keep them safe (the older stuff may have never been network connected at all). but one day their harddrive will fail, and reinstalling XP will not be easy.

                              If reactos can work for them, it may be a very nice option. It will cover drivers, where wine can only cover applications.

                              Also I wonder if it would be useful for testing if my own software runs on windows. I guess if it does not, then its hard to know if its my fault or a limitation in reactos.

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