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This Month in ReactOS

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Welcome to This Month in ReactOS, a short, monthly digest covering the development of ReactOS. This issue covers the month of October, 2015.

Have a question or suggestion? Leave a comment below, send me a message on the forum, or ping me on IRC.

This issue tracks progress of Core. It does not include the Build Environment, Tests, or Online Services.

This month we saw:

  • 314 commits (r69421-r69767) from 16 developers
  • 172 new issues created
  • 97 issues resolved as fixed (121 resolved overall)

Notable developments

Simplifying the build process


Previously when building ReactOS, it was first necessary to build a set of tools for the host. While the build files are generated for both these host tools and ReactOS during the initial configuration, they resided in separate directories in the output folder. The developer was responsible for tracking the source and rebuilding the host tools whenever a change was made to them. The new style builds, now enabled by default, tracks both the host tools and ReactOS. This allows for a single command to build the project.

RApps file verification


RApps now has support for SHA-1 integrity checks of downloaded packages. This is an optional feature for applications in the manager, which can be used by adding a SHA1 field in the corresponding INI file.

New ext2 file system driver


Matt Wu’s ext2 file system driver has replaced the existing ext2 file system driver. This provides substantial improvement to ext2 read/write support on ReactOS. Formatting a volume as ext2 is still unimplemented, however.

UEFI Boot loader progress

Alex Ionescu has made another progress dump of his UEFI boot loader work. His work this month provides an initial implementation for reading, parsing, mounting, and loading the BCD hive into a data store.


This month we saw contributions to Core from the following people:

  • Adam Stachowicz
  • Andrey Kudravets
  • Barrett Karish
  • Carlo Bramini
  • Elliott Lavier
  • Erdem Ersoy
  • Henry Tang Ih
  • Ismael Ferreras Morezuelas
  • Jacob S. Preciado
  • Jared Smudde
  • Joachim Henze
  • Kudratov Olimjon
  • Mark Jansen
  • Michael Fritscher
  • Nikita Pechenkin
  • Peter Hater
  • Roy Tam
  • Ștefan Fulea
  • Tim Crawford
  • Vort
  • kkay

Other news

The monthly ReactOS developer meeting took place on 29 October. Look for the meeting minutes soon.

Amine has made creating issues on JIRA less intimidating. "Create Issue" has been simplified to the most used fields. Additional fields may still be modified after creating the issue.

RELEX Group, creators of Linter SQL RDBMS, have done testing of their DBMS software on ReactOS. Results have shown ReactOS to perform 10-15% better than Windows XP on an identical hardware configuration. [English, Russian]

1 comment

  • Comment Link reactosman Monday, 09 November 2015 17:53 posted by reactosman

    The news are posted with a looong time delay between them, that it would be a nice idea to use a RSS service please :)


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