ReactOS 0.4.1 (Windows XP Alternative) released

The ReactOS team recently announced the release of ReactOS 0.4.1 just three months after the release of 0.4.0. ReactOS is the best known Windows XP alternative.¬†Imagine running your favorite Windows applications and drivers in an open-source environment you can trust. That’s ReactOS. Not just an Open but also a Free operating system.

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ReactOS 0.4.1 Changelog

Due to the brief period of time between the two releases, 0.4.1 is ultimately a refinement of what was in 0.4.0. That is not to say that there are no new features of course, and a few highlights of both categories are listed below.

  • Activation Context – A fix that came in just a tad too late for 0.4.0, this resolved a problem in the loader that prevented applications depending on various versions of the MSVCRT library from working properly.
  • BTRFS support – Initial read and write support introduced via importing of the WinBtrfs driver.
  • Shell – General usability improvements such as properly rendering icons and improved folder views.
  • USB – A variety of fixes that should make plugging in USB devices slightly less crashy.
  • Virtual machine shared folders – ReactOS now properly supports the shared folders of virtual machines like VirtualBox and VMware Player via network places.

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