Colin Finck of ReactOS project announced the release of ReactOS 0.4.10, a version that packs several enhancements to the open-source Windows clone.
Like every other new ReactOS release, version 0.4.10 introduces something new for users to try out on their personal computers and keep them busy until the next release lands. Without any further ado, the biggest new feature in ReactOS 0.4.10 is the ability of the operating system to boot from Btrfs formatted drives.
This major change allowing users to install and boot ReactOS from a disk drive formatted with the Btrfs file system was possible thanks to an implementation of the WinBtrfs Windows driver for the next-generation file system for Linux-based operating systems based on the copy-on-write (COW) principle.
"It is all well and good for ReactOS to have a working driver, but the user ultimately needs to have a way to put it into use. The combined effort proved fruitful indeed, and users are invited to try out BTRFS support in 0.4.10," Colin Finck wrote in the release announcement for ReactOS 0.4.10.
Stability and frontend improvements, other changes
Apart from the WinBtrfs implementation, the ReactOS 0.4.10 release adds improvements to the graphical shell's functionality like the interaction with multiple windowed applications, the overall look and feel of the operating system, especially the MSI installers, as well as file copying and shortcut creation functionality.
The overall stability of ReactOS has been improved as well in this release, meaning that the operating system and apps should crash less, resulting in fewer BSODs and a much smoother performance. ReactOS 0.4.10 also brings more detailed BIOS information to the ReactX Diagnostic Tool (dxdiag).
Lots of bugs and other issues reported by users since the previous release were addressed as well to make ReactOS a better alternative to Microsoft Windows. You can download ReactOS 0.4.10 from the official website, and, in the meantime, check out the screenshots and video below to see the new features and improvements in action.