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I recently just learned of ReactOS, a Free and Open Source Operating System that has been in the works for over 20 years and aims to be able to natively run Windows programs and drivers. It's still feature-incomplete alpha software, but I thought it could be a good way of running ham radio programs made for Windows so I gave it a try in Virtualbox and tried to install Winlink.
Winlink loads but I can't seem to be able to configure it. Here's what I've done so far and where it fails. If anyone else is interested in tinkering with this, let me know if you manage to get passed any of these issues...
- First step: Downloaded the BootCD (not LiveCD) of ReactOS 0.4.13 and save it.
I used Virtualbox 6.1 under LinuxMint 20 XFCE.
Now that ReactOS is installed, we're ready to install some programs.
- Once Firefox is installed, do not let it update; that broke it for me.
- The first thing I tried was to install Winlink Express.
- It installed but wouldn't load at all.
This Winlink with Wine page says to install these in the following sequence:
- “Microsoft Visual Basic 6 Runtime Service Pack 6”
- “Microsoft HTML Rendering Engine 8”
- “Visual C++ 14.0”
I got stock at step 1...
I deleted the machine and re-cloned the clone I made earlier.
I tried the same thing as the previous attempt but with .NET version 2 SP2. Same result.
I tried the same thing as the previous attempt but with .NET version 4 and Winlink wouldn't even load.
I tried the same thing as all the previous attempts with the daily version of ReactOS without luck. It looks like they did fix a small bug in Firefox though.
To Be Continued...
... maybe. I don't really know what else to try so I'll leave this aside until I think of something else to try. If you have ideas, please let me know! – Patrick, VA7FI 2020/09/28 10:15