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Re: ReactOS 0.4.0

Postby Jo22 » 2016-11-21 @ 12:44

gerwin wrote:ReactOS 0.4.3 has been released.


Thank you very much for letting us know ! :)

I'm trying to download 0.4.3 now, but I can't find the qemu version. :sweatdrop:
Guess I'm just not used to the new site design - any idea where that page or link is ?

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Re: ReactOS 0.4.0

Postby gerwin » 2016-11-21 @ 15:13

There is the Boot-CD and the Live-CD. I just use the Boot-CD to install the OS in my local VirtualBox Portable, overwriting the previously installed version with the ReactOS setup program.
I don't know if there are downloads available of a Virtual Machine, like QEmu, together with the OS v0.4.3. They sometimes offer these, but there is no guarantee.
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Re: ReactOS 0.4.0

Postby gerwin » 2017-2-17 @ 16:46

ReactOS 0.4.4 has been released today.

Unofficial ChangeLog here:
Work-in-progress 0.4.4 changelog

I haven't tried this one yet, but tried 0.4.4-RC1 before. Although the 'under the hood' changes may be important, I could not really notice them in my use cases. Hopefully for 0.4.5 there will be some fancy things like initial USB device support and USB boot support (to try this OS on real hardware without wasting CDs). Maybe an explorer options panel? Another thing that seems to go forward nicely is a new font engine. Work for office 2010 support was started but seems to have stalled since a few weeks ago, as the installer requires custom Windows Services to install and run. On the other hand Word 2007 and Code::Blocks IDE support was recently demonstrated, at the FOSDEM 2017 event that is.
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Re: ReactOS 0.4.0

Postby gerwin » 2017-4-29 @ 12:20

No ReactOS 0.4.5 yet. But maybe some of you could consider voting. If I understand it correctly voting is only today. Current vote count is 126 (2nd) and 97 (shared 6th).

ReactOS has been selected as one of the most important projects in two different categories in the OpenAwards, an international opensource event based in Madrid. The 5 most voted will be widely announced, PRed, and finally one of them will be selected as a winner. The exposure is a need for us, you know that, so please help us by casting a vote. Takes just a second.

Instructions:
- Find ReactOS in each link.
- Click in the button which says "Votar" (Vote) next to it.
- It asks for a Name, Surname, an a valid email. Please confirm the vote!.
- Done.
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Re: ReactOS 0.4.0

Postby Jo22 » 2017-5-22 @ 18:20

gerwin wrote:No ReactOS 0.4.5 yet.

Good news! It is there now! :D

By the way, they also have a shop, which I didn't noticed before. The bag is really nice, I think.
They described it as a "A zipped Retro Bag to carry all the debuglogs!or your null-serial modem cable!" They know their users, haha. ^^
Furthermore they wrote "As hip as 1979 and spacious as a Marty McFly’s bag" :cool:
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Re: ReactOS 0.4.0

Postby konc » 2017-5-22 @ 19:52

Jo22 wrote:By the way, they also have a shop, which I didn't noticed before.
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I wasn't aware of it either. I did pay it a visit after reading your post with good intentions, you know, maybe spend some money in support. First thing I saw was a 18+ euros mouse pad, which also made it the last right away.
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Re: ReactOS 0.4.0

Postby gerwin » 2017-5-23 @ 23:47

Jo22 wrote:Good news! It is there now! :D

Yeah, I had 0.4.5 installed in VirtualBox already. But I did not have the time to install software that shows off any 0.4.5 improvements. Well, theming works, I did notice that, and it is significant. The audio part of ReactOS could use some attention, that would make it more fun to try games, or just DOS games in the internal DOS emulator.
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Re: ReactOS 0.4.0

Postby Jo22 » 2017-5-25 @ 19:06

konc wrote:
Jo22 wrote:By the way, they also have a shop, which I didn't noticed before.
...

I wasn't aware of it either. I did pay it a visit after reading your post with good intentions, you know, maybe spend some money in support. First thing I saw was a 18+ euros mouse pad, which also made it the last right away.

Yeah, the 18€ are hefty for a mouse pad.. Guess it's priced like that, because the shop dudes thought it was
the only "real" computer item, so it had to be priced accordingly. Or something like that. ;)

gerwin wrote:Well, theming works, I did notice that, and it is significant.

Cool, I like the theming feature. I'll try if I can get some Royale-like themes/visual styles working. ^^

gerwin wrote:The audio part of ReactOS could use some attention, that would make it more fun to try games, or just DOS games in the internal DOS emulator.

I fully agree! :) I think there was a way to manually enable it by using AC97 or SB16 drivers (from NT4 ?).
But this was very difficult and involved carrying registry settings over from Win NT.
I think I got it working once, but that was a few years ago (I kept a few screenshots from that time).
I'd be great if ReactOS Team could make it a bit easier.
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Re: ReactOS 0.4.0

Postby gerwin » 2017-5-26 @ 10:36

Jo22 wrote:
gerwin wrote:The audio part of ReactOS could use some attention, that would make it more fun to try games, or just DOS games in the internal DOS emulator.

I fully agree! :) I think there was a way to manually enable it by using AC97 or SB16 drivers (from NT4 ?).
But this was very difficult and involved carrying registry settings over from Win NT.
I think I got it working once, but that was a few years ago (I kept a few screenshots from that time).
I'd be great if ReactOS Team could make it a bit easier.

I found installing the sound driver is quite easy, especially in the latest versions. You have to configure VirtualBox with "Hostdriver = Windows Directsound" and "Controller = ICH AC97". In the ReactOS Applications Manager there is a Drivers sections with the AC97 for Virtualbox. When you manually put the two included files in the proper ReactOS subfolder it should install itself with two reboots:
C:\ReactOS\inf\alcxwdm.inf
C:\ReactOS\system32\drivers\alcxwdm.sys

When doing this I hear the startup sound of the OS when the desktop appears. And the ReactOS media player has audio. But the few games that I tried are silent: GZDoom/RedAlert/SolitaireSuite/My Allegro game/Warcraft(DOS). Maybe I am missing something.
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Re: ReactOS 0.4.0

Postby Jo22 » 2017-5-29 @ 17:51

Thanks for that piece of Information! :D
Bye the way, do you know anything about the increased system requirements ?
Back then I dreamed of having a copy of ReactOS running on an old low-end PC in the garage.
It should have become my main PC for my electronics corner. ReactOS 0.3.1 ran there just fine.
Now, the current version of ReactOS now requires three(!) times the RAM. Is that true ?
Or did they just change it to reflect real-world requirements (and 0.4.5 really just
works as good with low memory as 0.3.x did).
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Re: ReactOS 0.4.0

Postby gerwin » 2017-5-30 @ 01:27

Sorry, no idea about the difference in requirements. (I do remember reading about some guy keeping track of idle memory usage, and his discussion of a single added MB; wheter that was necessary. Just to say: the Devs seem reluctant to raise memory usage unless really necessary for functionality.)
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Re: ReactOS 0.4.0

Postby Jo22 » 2017-5-31 @ 02:04

Ah, okay. Thank you. I was just a bit surprised about it. In my VMs I'm running Win98 with 96MiB of memory also.
Don't know why, but for some reason boot-up with that amount of memory was the quickest there (a sweet-spot so to say).
And that's why I wondered if ReactOS really required the same amount as a minimum now.
I basically wondered, if these 96MiB were some kind of magic number or something like that.
(ie, why didn't they choose the more common 64MiB or 128MiB as a min. requirement ?)
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