ReactOS "Open-Source Windows" Making Progress On x86_64, Multi-Monitor
ReactOS continues going strong after more than two decades for aspiring to be an open-source drop-in replacement to Windows. The open-source project today published their latest newsletter outlining many of their accomplishments so far this year.
Some of the ReactOS work that has been tackled since February includes:
- The AMD64 (x86_64) support is becoming more mature with various issues resolved and other fixes. At the moment only the MSVC compiler is able to produce a working ReactOS 64-bit build.
- The i686 APIC HAL now works.
- Thanks to Google Summer of Code, there is progress being made on SMP support for ReactOS.
- ReactOS' ISA bus driver has been seeing "massive" improvements in working towards plug-and-play ISA hardware support.
- Multiple monitor support is in the works though at the moment is only capable of displaying a wallpaper on secondary displays.
- ReactOS memory management continues to improve.
More details via the ReactOS.org newsletter. There's still a long ways to go before being a viable drop-in replacement to Windows for daily production use, but the developers remain motivated and continue tackling more features and functionality. At least it is advancing more rapidly than the GNU Hurd.