ReactOS 0.4.14 brings new features, more hardware support to open source Windows clone
ReactOS is an open source operating system designed to be compatible with Windows applications. It has been in development for over two decades and is still software in development, but the first major release in over a year brings a handful of new features and support for additional hardware.
ReactOS 0.4.14 is now available for download and, among other things, it adds new features to the right-click context menu, the ability to run on NEC PC-9800 computers, networking improvements, bug fixes, and ReactOS kernel and bootloader improvements.
The most notable user changes in the latest version are the addition of the ‘Open File Location’ and ‘Open Command Prompt Here’ options to the ReactOS Shell right-click context menu. There is also a “Send To” feature which can send a file to predefined locations such as “My Documents” or “Desktop”.
Other changes include the removal of obsolete fonts, which has reduced the size of the operating system as well as memory usage.
The developers are also working to bring ReactOS to the original Xbox console, which would allow you to turn Microsoft’s first-generation gaming console into a Windows-compatible PC. But this project is still in its early stages and
You can also find a full (and long) list of visible and under-the-hood changes in the ReactOS 0.4.14 changelog.
Although ReactOS 0.4.14 is the last numbered version with a focus on stability, there is also nocturnal constructions of the operating system that have newer, more buggy, and more experimental features.