ReactOS

ReactOS 0.3.5

Open source operating system based on NT

ReactOS is an interesting open source project which offers a completely free operating system on your PC based on Windows NT format. It is completely compatible with drivers and controllers so you won't have any problems getting your internal and external components to function that previously worked with NT. View full description

PROS

  • Compatible with all drivers and controllers in XP
  • Follows Windows format so easy to use
  • Completely free operating system

CONS

  • Still has many bugs
  • Crashes often when installing programs

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ReactOS is an interesting open source project which offers a completely free operating system on your PC based on Windows NT format. It is completely compatible with drivers and controllers so you won't have any problems getting your internal and external components to function that previously worked with NT.

The operating system has the traditional look of Windows and is based around the concept of a desktop, toolbar, start menu etc. You can install and run all the applications that are supported in NT and the developers plan to support Windows 2000 and XP in the future. They stress however that at the moment, ReactOS is still in alpha stage, meaning it is not feature complete and is not recommended for everyday use.

This is one of the problems you will find on using it as it still prone to bugs and crashes especially when installing software. Nevertheless, this is an exciting project and gives hope to all those who are tired of using Windows.

ReactOS is an advanced free open source operating system providing a ground-up implementation of a Microsoft Windows® XP compatible operating system. ReactOS aims to achieve complete binary compatibility with both applications and device drivers meant for NT and XP operating systems, by using a similar architecture and providing a complete and equivalent public interface.

ReactOS is the most complete working model of a Windows® like operating system available. Consequently, working programmers will learn a great deal by studying ReactOS source code and even participating in ReactOS development.

ReactOS

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ReactOS 0.3.5