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2 ReactOS™ Version 0.4.x
3 Updated January 20, 2021
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6 1. What is ReactOS?
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9 ReactOS™ is an Open Source effort to develop a quality operating system that is
10 compatible with applications and drivers written for the Microsoft® Windows™ NT
11 family of operating systems (NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Seven).
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13 More information is available at: https://reactos.org/
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16 2. Relationship with the WINE project
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19 ReactOS has always intended to work with the WINE project to share as much
20 programming effort as possible. This mainly concerns User Mode DLLs and
21 still happens to a degree today. Other areas of cooperation lie in
22 applications and testing suites.
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25 3. Future compatibility
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28 The ReactOS project, although currently focused on Windows Server 2003
29 compatibility, is always keeping an eye toward compatibility with
30 Windows Vista and future Windows NT releases.
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33 4. Supporting other System Applications
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36 The Windows NT architecture allows for subsystems, as does the ReactOS
37 architecture. A subsystem is an implementation of the APIs of another
38 operating system, allowing ReactOS to run applications from other systems.
39 We are already looking at subsystems for: Java, OS/2, and DOS and possibly
40 others in the future.
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43 5. Is ReactOS legal?
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46 Yes we are.
47 All the code of ReactOS has been written from scratch by our developers.
48 We go to great lengths to ensure that the code our developers create is clean,
49 same applies to the variety of methods we use to understand Windows internals,
50 including clean room reverse engineering, using existing documentation freely
51 available both in books and on the web, using extensive tests (tens of millions)
52 which apply black box engineering methods against both public and private APIs
53 exposed by the operating system.
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56 6. Tutorials
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59 Developer and User Tutorials: https://reactos.org/wiki
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61 The tutorials contain more information on the project, compiling and testing
62 ReactOS - amongst other topics. Contributors to the project are always welcome.
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65 7. Frequently Asked Questions
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68 Some of your questions may be answered in: https://reactos.org/faq/
69 In addition, the ReactOS forum: https://reactos.org/forum/ may contain
70 complementary, yet non-official, information.
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73 8. Authors and Credits
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76 Aleksandar Andrejevic
77 Aleksey Bragin
78 Alex Ionescu
79 Alexander Shaposhnikov
80 Amine Khaldi
81 Andrew Greenwood
82 Andrey Korotaev
83 Art Yerkes
84 Benedikt Freisen
85 Brandon Turner
86 Brian Palmer
87 Cameron Gutman
88 Casper Hornstrup
89 Christoph von Wittich
90 Colin Finck
91 Daniel Reimer
92 David Quintana
93 David Welch
94 Dmitry Chapyshev
95 Emanuele Aliberti
96 Eric Kohl
97 Filip Navara
98 Ged Murphy
99 Gé van Geldorp
100 Giannis Adamopoulos
101 Gregor Anich
102 Gregor Brunmar
103 Gunnar Dalsnes
104 Hermès Bélusca-Maïto
105 Hervé Poussineau
106 Jaix Bly
107 James Tabor
108 Jason Filby
109 Jeffrey Morlan
110 Jens Collin
111 Jérôme Gardou
112 Joachim Henze
113 Johannes Anderwald
114 Kamil Hornícek
115 Katayama Hirofumi MZ
116 KJK::Hyperion
117 Klemens Friedl
118 Maarten Bosma
119 Magnus Olsen
120 Marc Piulachs
121 Mark Jansen
122 Martin Fuchs
123 Matthias Kupfer
124 Michael Wirth
125 Mike Nordell
126 Mindflyer
127 Nathan Woods
128 Peter Hater
129 Peter Ward
130 Pierre Schweitzer
131 Rex Jolliff
132 Robert Dickenson
133 Royce Mitchell III
134 Saveliy Tretiakov
135 Stanislav Motylkov
136 Stefan Ginsberg
137 Sylvain Petreolle
138 Thomas Blümel
139 Thomas Faber
140 Timo Kreuzer
141 Vadim Galyant
142 Vizzini
143 Wierd_W
144 Z98
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146 Further thanks go to all Contributors and the Wine Team