ReactOS Community EditionWelcome to the ReactOS Community Edition!
There are hundreds of applications and drivers which are compatible with Windows.
Think about your favorite ones.
Wouldn't it be better if we develop full compatibility with your favorite applications and drivers FIRST?
That's the ReactOS Community Edition: You will decide, through your votes, which applications must be fully supported release after release.
Thanks to your backing, the Community Edition will maintain the spirit of ReactOS: A free, open source, Windows compatible operating system. With no government controls, corporate snooping, or privacy backdoors built in.
You're opening a new door to the future!
ReactOS Community Edition comes with new enhancements and features:
* A newly rewritten User Interface (no Metro - we promise!).
* It provides the ability to let you install your favorite applications during initial setup.
* The Community Edition leverages ReactOS 0.4: A new, spectacular version with improved compatibility that will be further boosted by your backing.
You don't want to miss our impressive comparison chart between the upcoming 0.4 version and the previous 0.3!
We want you to be part of this! Become a Beta Tester and enjoy early access before we release it to the world! Join our Wall of Fame and back our open source effort! Reveal the Crazy Cake plan that is hidden among several stretch goals! Check our rewards for more!
You will decide which applications and hardware you want us to work on, and we will make it possible..
Thank you for backing the future! Take control!
What You GetAside from the rewards that you will pick, you will get the ReactOS Community Edition, a totally free, open source operating system (with no backdoors, no NSA agreements and no privacy issues) able to run your favorite Windows applications, with a familiar user experience.
With your backings and votes you will decide which Windows applications and drivers you want to be fully supported in this ReactOS Community Edition release, so that all your needs are fully covered. Furthermore, we promise to continue supporting those applications in the future releases of the ReactOS Community Edition.
ReactOS Community Edition also comes with an enhanced User Interface, the ability to let you install your favorite applications during the initial setup, and it will be the first Operating System powered by the awesome, upcoming ReactOS 0.4.
Here are some design mockups:
User Experience Vision - Sneak Peak
New ReactOS Applications Manager - Sneak Peak
Finally, aside from the visible goals, we've also introduced some extra Stretch Goals. They will be unlocked whenever the funds reach certain amounts. Stay tuned for some really nice and interesting features that you will get to reveal by backing (The cake is not a lie!).
Push your apps! Push your hardware!Some of the rewards let you to cast votes towards a specific application or piece of hardware. Initially, the 3 most voted applications, and the 3 most voted hardware pieces, will be fully supported in ReactOS Community Edition. You will receive an email to cast your vote(s) after the campaign ends.
You can have your favorite hardware and/or software supported either by voting ("Push your app!", "Push your hardware!" and "Push your app! (x5)" rewards).
You can also skip the entire process and get support outright for something you want, by selecting the "Push your app. Skip votings!" and/or the "Piece of hardware. No votings!" rewards.
However, the specific applications are constrained by some limitations (mentioned below).
Is ReactOS Community Edition going to support just those Windows applications and drivers?No. This campaign ensures that those specific Windows applications and hardware selected by you, the backers, will be fully supported, fully prioritized, fully debugged and fully maintained (fixing any nasty bugs that may arise under corner cases).
It also ensures that they will be supported in the future releases of the ReactOS Community Edition, something that we cannot promise for the other applications. Please note that there are several ways to increase the number of supported applications and hardware. Please see the questions below.
ReactOS Community Edition even further.
Stretch Goals are usually revealed when the amount is reached, however Crazy Goals are revealed when crazy stuff happens.
You can see a list of Stretch Goals below, with the Amount and Description. Check them out, don't miss the interesting features hidden there!
$55,000. HIDDEN STRETCH GOAL
You need to reach $55,000 to unlock this! ;)
$60,000. Crazy Goal: Send Microsoft a cake
You unlocked it!!
0x100 backers!!! 256 in Decimal numbers!!
You revealed the "Crazy Cake" stretch goal!
Imagine sending a Cake to Microsoft. Yes. A Cake. With your design and shape proposal and the ReactOS Community logo on it.
Do you remember that cake that Mozilla sent to IE? Now, it's time for your Cake to Microsoft! It can even have the shape of a Metro Button ;)
Of course we'll have, first, to reach the $60.000 goal.
Send us your design proposals, be creative!, and after the Indiegogo campaign is finished you will vote the best ones.
We will add here more hidden stretch goals as the campaign funding progresses! Unlock them!
Why we created this CampaignWe want ReactOS Community Edition to be an operating system that you can run your favorite (or needed) applications on. We strive to provide to you a useful operating system while your backings not only will help us deliver your desired/requested applications support, but will also indirectly help us improve other parts of the system, which as a result helps improving and boosting the overall compatibility of ReactOS.
Specific hardware, software and supportIf you are a Hardware or Software company/foundation, you may be interested in our "Official Software/Hardware Support" programs for specific items or agreements that better suit your needs.
Please also note that in case you select the "Specific set of hardware" reward, please deliver to us that specific set of hardware in order to work on it directly (to perform the needed debugging and developing operations).
Support OptionsThe support of the ReactOS Community Edition is limited to the applications and hardware chosen by you. If you want Corporate support, human to human support or other specific needs, please feel free to contact us about our "ReactOS Corporate" solution as it will better suit your needs.
Support a Whole BrandThe "Support a whole brand!" reward is about supporting pieces that are directly manufactured by the brand, not for their assembled kits of hardware. For assembled kits you may check the "Specific set of hardware" reward.
Please note that we also have an "Official Hardware Support" program, targeting manufacturers and vendors.
How do we vote for our applications/hardware once we select the rewards ?When the campaign ends you will receive an email link to cast your votes.
Is there a way to support more applications?Yes. Although initially, the 3 most voted applications will be fully supported in ReactOS Community Edition, reaching certain levels of backers with the "Push your app!" reward unlocks more application slots. When the number of votes (through the reward mentioned above) reaches 4,000 it unlocks a 4th supported application slot, and when it reaches 5,000 the 5th and final slot is unlocked.
Another way to support more applications is through the "Push your app. Skip votings!" reward, so the total number of applications supported can be up to 10.
Please also keep an eye on the Stretch Goals, they may have something hidden, related to expanding supported applications ;)
Is there a way to support more hardware?That can be possible through the "Piece of hardware. No votings!" reward, so the total number of supported hardware pieces can be up to 6.
Another way to support more hardware is through the "Specific set of hardware" and "Support a whole brand!" rewards.
What are the applications selection limitations?In general, all the applications are selectable except 3D ones and Software Suites. For example Microsoft Office 2003 is not a candidate, because it's a suite (a pack of applications, not a single one) but Microsoft Word 2003 is a candidate as it's a single, non 3D application.
With that said, please keep an eye on the stretch goals because there may or may not be a goal about lifting those limitations ;)