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Submission + - Finnaly, ReactOS as a second OS in Russian government's software freedom effort->

jeditobe writes: The Russian Federation along with the BRICS nations are pursuing measures to rid vendor lock-in of strategically important software (http://minsvyaz.ru/en/events/33237/) and substitute such software with free/open software (http://minsvyaz.ru/en/events/32967/).

As such an initiative would provide considerable benefits beyond that of any singular agenda, Aleksey Bragin decided to take part in that on behalf of ReactOS Foundation. Since October 2014 he has been a member of the Operating Systems workgroup formed by the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications (so-called "IT Ministry") and actively participating in its discussions.

The IT Ministry issued a request for proposals this April to find and help develop independent technologies in different categories (mobile, desktop, server operating systems, databases, office software, virtualization and cloud infrastructure). The ReactOS Foundation submitted two projects: ReactOS desktop operating system and RosServer — ReactOS-based server operating system.

After evaluations, various meetings and Aleksey's presentation to the CIO of several large Russian companies the results were published last week (http://minsvyaz.ru/ru/documents/4662/ — in Russian only) with ReactOS-based projects receiving second place in the OS category, with first place taken by ROSA Lab and ALT Linux consortium.

The selection process was pretty tough, full of meetings, filters, and time-pressure, but that was worth the effort. The skills and work of the ReactOS team made the whole process easier. Many other awesome projects couldn't make it in this and other categories, but the ReactOS Foundation is willing to help them by opening as many collaboration agreements as possible in order to create nice synergies.

We knew, when we submitted the two ReactOS-based projects, how difficult it would be to get a place among the selected projects, and we're very proud to announce this achievement as a sort of reward for the ReactOS Community, and to all the Developers and Testers who have contributed to making ReactOS what it is now: The best open source Windows alternative up to date.

We do not have details about what happens after these evaluations, but rest assured, we will keep you informed of any updates. Stay tuned!

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Submission + - ReactOS gets a Youtube Channel->

Pi_User5 writes: ReactOS is proud to announce the new YouTube ReactOS Community Channel!

It's main goal is to share all of the videos of ReactOS in one main spot. This way, the entire ReactOS community and the world will be able to see the progress of ReactOS and what it can do. It can also be used as PR to the world.

If you are a member of the ReactOS Community and you're reading it and want to help, contact ReactOS and found out how. For non-member, please subscribe and watch our videos!

Thank you!

The channel: https://www.youtube.com/channe...

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Submission + - So finally the new ReactOS becomes eye-candy! (development summary of 2014)

jeditobe writes: So finally the new ReactOS becomes eye-candy!

ReactOS is an open source operating system designed to be compatible with Windows XP (and later) apps. It’s been in development for nearly two decades (it actually predates Windows 2000 and grew out of a project called FreeWin95) and it’s still very much a work in progress.
Just five most important changes in ReactOS project after end of 2014

1. The new ReactOS Explorer is much more compatible, stable, and comes with more features than the current (and now old) explorer. We expect it to be a big quality jump in terms of usability, and the rockstar feature of the upcoming 0.4 release.

2. ReactOS can now read files from NTFS volumes on a hard drive. Pierre Schweitzer of ReactOS shared, "ReactOS now supports reading files from NTFS volume. This was a long awaited feature people were asking for." A new ReactOS ISO re-spin is now available containing this support.

3. ReactOS 0.3.17 was released with an early build of NTVDM, a tool that adds support for 16-bit Windows apps for folks that want to run legacy software.

4 .Also huge bunch of font problems was fixed making possible to run without problems Gimp, Wireshark , Java, Winrar and IntelliJ IDEA ."

5. Ramdrive and PXE-network boot is now supported by ReactOS. Welcome ReactOS to the world of computers and netbooks without harddisk/cdrom

Submission + - ReactOS inches closer to becoming true Windows XP clone (New Shell and NTFS)-> 3

jeditobe writes: So finally the new ReactOS Explorer has arrived!

The new ReactOS Explorer is much more compatible, stable, and comes with more features than the current (and now old) explorer. We expect it to be a big quality jump in terms of usability, and the rockstar feature of the upcoming 0.4 release. Just keep reading to discover more about it!

ReactOS is an open source operating system designed to be compatible with Windows XP (and later) apps. It’s been in development for nearly two decades (it actually predates Windows 2000 and grew out of a project called FreeWin95) and it’s still very much a work in progress.

ReactOS was most recently talked about for one of its developers coming up with an open-source AMD SI ISA compatible GPU design while the latest accomplishments from this open-source developer group has came to light.

The developers also unveiled two interesting milestones last mounth. First, ReactOS can now read files from NTFS volumes on a hard drive. Pierre Schweitzer of ReactOS shared, "ReactOS now supports reading files from NTFS volume. This was a long awaited feature people were asking for." A new ReactOS ISO re-spin is now available containing this support. [http://reboot.pro/topic/20149-ntfs-now-supported-in-reactos-livecd/]

Second, ReactOS 0.3.17 was released with an early build of NTVDM, a tool that adds support for 16-bit Windows apps for folks that want to run legacy software.

Also huge bunch of font problems was fixed making possible to run without problems Gimp, Wireshark [https://jira.reactos.org/browse/CORE-4657], Java, Winrar and IntelliJ IDEA [https://jira.reactos.org/browse/CORE-8525].

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Submission + - ReactOSinches closer to becoming true Windows XP clone and releases 0.3.17->

jeditobe writes: "ReactOS is an open source operating system designed to be compatible with Windows XP (and later) apps. It’s been in development for nearly two decades (it actually predates Windows 2000 and grew out of a project called FreeWin95) and it’s still very much a work in progress.

ReactOS was most recently talked about for one of its developers coming up with an open-source AMD SI ISA compatible GPU design while the latest accomplishments from this open-source developer group has came to light.

The developers unveiled two interesting milestones this week. First, ReactOS can now read files from NTFS volumes on a hard drive. Pierre Schweitzer of ReactOS shared, "ReactOS now supports reading files from NTFS volume. This was a long awaited feature people were asking for." A new ReactOS ISO re-spin is now available containing this support.

Second, ReactOS 0.3.17 was released with an early build of NTVDM, a tool that adds support for 16-bit Windows apps for folks that want to run legacy software.

Also huge bunch of font problems was fixed making possible to run without problems Gimp, Wireshark , Java, Winrar and IntelliJ IDEA.

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Submission + - ReactOS 0.3.17 releases and inches closer to becoming true Windows XP clone->

jeditobe writes: ReactOS is an open source operating system designed to be compatible with Windows XP (and later) apps. It’s been in development for nearly two decades (it actually predates Windows 2000 and grew out of a project called FreeWin95) and it’s still very much a work in progress.

ReactOS was most recently talked about for one of its developers coming up with an open-source AMD SI ISA compatible GPU design (http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTgyNTE) while the latest accomplishment from this open-source developer group is read support for NTFS file-systems.

But the developers unveiled two interesting milestones this week. First, ReactOS can now read files from NTFS volumes on a hard drive. Pierre Schweitzer of ReactOS shared, "ReactOS now supports reading files from NTFS volume. This was a long awaited feature people were asking for." A new ReactOS ISO re-spin is now available containing this support. (http://reboot.pro/topic/20149-ntfs-now-supported-in-reactos-livecd/ ).
Second, ReactOS 0.3.17 was released with an early build of NTVDM, a tool that adds support for 16-bit Windows apps for folks that want to run legacy software.

Also huge bunch of font problems was fixed making possible to run without problems Gimp (https://jira.reactos.org/browse/CORE-4657) , Java (https://jira.reactos.org/browse/CORE-8525), winrar and Wireshark

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Submission + - Website peeps into 73,000 unsecured security cameras via default passwords-> 1

colinneagle writes: After coming across a Russian website that streams video from unsecured video cameras that employ default usernames and passwords (the site claims it's doing it to raise awareness of privacy risks), a blogger used the information available to try to contact the people who were unwittingly streamed on the site. It didn't go well. The owner of a pizza restaurant, for example, cursed her out over the phone and accused her of "hacking" the cameras herself. And whoever (finally) answered the phone at a military building whose cameras were streaming on the site told her to "call the Pentagon."

The most common location of the cameras was the U.S., but many others were accessed from South Korea, China, Mexico, the UK, Italy, and France, among others. Some are from businesses, and some are from personal residences. Particularly alarming was the number of camera feeds of sleeping babies, which people often set up to protect them, but, being unaware of the risks, don't change the username or password from the default options that came with the cameras.

It's not the first time this kind of issue has come to light. In September 2013, the FTC cracked down on TRENDnet after its unsecured cameras were found to be accessible online. But the Russian site accesses cameras from several manufacturers, raising some new questions — why are strong passwords not required for these cameras? And, once this becomes mandatory, what can be done about the millions of unsecured cameras that remain live in peoples' homes?

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Submission + - ReactOS 0.3.17 Released->

jeditobe writes: The ReactOS Project is pleased to release
version 0.3.17. A major new feature for this
release is the inclusion of NTVDM, which
provides support for a wide range of 16bit
applications, a long requested feature by the
community. NTVDM is still undergoing work but
we felt that it was ready enough to provide a
sneak peak to the wider community. In addition,
the leadup to the 0.3.17 release saw a very
impressive round of testing by the community.
Several regressions and bugs discovered in the
release candidates were promptly fixed and
incorporated into the final release. ReactOS is
quickly approaching a stage where what the
releases will offer is polish compared to previous
releases. That will be an important milestone, as
it is then that we can begin recommending to
people that they try using ReactOS for day-to-day
computing. We hope you look forward to it as
much as we do.
Users can select from a variety of images to test

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Submission + - NTFS now supported in ReactOS LiveCD [experimental, read-only]->

An anonymous reader writes: ReactOS, the open-source OS aiming for binary compatibility with Windows

Pierre Schweitzer of ReactOS shared, "ReactOS now supports reading files from NTFS volume. This was a long awaited feature people were asking for." A new ReactOS ISO re-spin is now available containing this support.

While ReactOS now has NTFS read support, it's still lacking write support.
NTFS support will NOT be included into the upcoming 0.3.17 release. As this support is a bit raw.

http://iso.reactos.org/ReactOS... download test iso

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Submission + - The ReactOS Foundation officially joins the Open Invention Network->

jeditobe writes:

The ReactOS Foundation officially joins the Open Invention Network.Membership in this organization will help protect users of ReactOS operating system from possible patent claims around the world (even in the USA), now and in the future.

The Open Invention Network (OIN) is a company that acquires patents and licenses them royalty free to entities which, in turn, agree not to assert their own patents against Linux and Linux-related systems and applications. So in factOIN isis a shared defensive patent pool with the mission to protect Opencource projects. Launched in 2005, OIN has strong industry support with backing from Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Sony and SUSE (a business unit of Novell).

ReactOS Foundation is a non-profit organization registered in the Russian Federation that provides support and promotion for the ReactOS Project. The primary objective of the ReactOS Project is to create an operating system that is binary compatible with applications and drivers developed for the Windows NT series of operating systems. To help further this goal, the ReactOS Foundation exists as an administrative and logistical entity, offering support for the project developers as well as engaging the ReactOS community and providing an avenue for communication and transparency.


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Submission + - ReactOS ->

fsterman writes: Imagine a world in which we could use a Windows clone to cross-compile our applications in a continuous integration environment or run that one Windows program that a single customer needs for backwards compatibility. Think it's impossible? Well, the crazy talented ReactOS developers have an IndieGoGo campaign for a community edition and a donation gives you a vote on which apps the latest release should cover. They have make $20,000 of their $50,000 and they have a couple of few weeks left. Any other Slashdoter's want to help make Windows even MORE obsolete?
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Submission + - End of XP? Move to ReactOS->

comparison writes: Mentioned over ten times in previous Slashdot stories over the years, ReactOS still poses itself as an alternative to the Windows NT architecture. Some on the internet have given ReactOS a chance to become stable before XP's demise in order to succeed, including myself. Now that XP has been deprecated (or is being deprecated, depending on how you look at it), ReactOS is running an Indiegogo campaign to fund the applications and hardware users want most since ReactOS is still in alpha development. As of today, the campaign has 30 days left. I have never given ReactOS a try (I'm more qualified for beta testing than alpha testing), but I would like to see the project succeed; especially, since the video posted on the campaign promises that the operating system is free from the backdoors present in Microsoft's Windows NT. Did the ReactOS development team find some of those backdoors while reverse engineering Microsoft's version of the operating system, or can they just promise that based on ReactOS's open source code? Either way, here's your chance to support an open source project.
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