Writing Win32 apps like it's 2020: A DPI-aware resizable wizard

User interfaces in 2020 need to consider many more details than those of previous generations. One of the biggest changes of the last decade is certainly the introduction of HiDPI displays, displays with much higher resolutions together with software using more pixels per GUI element. Win32 with its pixel-based …

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ReactOS Build Environment 2.2 released

The ReactOS Build Environment (RosBE), our curated set of compilers and build tools, has just received a major upgrade. After more than 7 years of using the same and now ancient GCC 4.7.2, ReactOS is finally going to be built with the help of a modern compiler (GCC 8.4.0). Among other things, the new version better …

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Introducing HermitCore-rs, a Unikernel written in Rust

I had my master thesis presentation today and it’s finally time to speak about what I’ve been doing for the past 6 months. The thesis name in all its glory is Evaluation of Rust for Operating System Development and Porting Key Components of the HermitCore Unikernel. But what actually is the HermitCore …

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Licensing - Make ReactOS conform again!

The ReactOS Hackfest 2017 is still ongoing and I held my second presentation today, digging into the delicate topic of Licensing. ReactOS has grown to an enormously complex project over the years, making use of numerous other open-source projects to reach its goals. Each of them comes with a license, which usually …

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Introducing Kaasimir - GPU Testing Made Simple

The ReactOS Hackfest 2017 started yesterday and I held a presentation today about a project I have been working on for the past few weeks. An oft-repeated criticism is ReactOS' inability to run on anything else than a virtual machine. While our real hardware support has become better and better over the recent years, …

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ReactOS printing for the first time!

As some of you may already know, my university gave me the unique opportunity to choose a ReactOS topic for my bachelor thesis. Three months ago, my decision fell on the Printing Stack, which was totally non-existing in ReactOS at that time. Since then, you can watch my daily progress in the colins-printing-for-freedom …

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