The ReactOS VirtualBox install procedure gives a Free (GPL) Windows replacement that can use USB devices. Sometimes one needs to use a Windows VM when USB devices are required, since WINE does not yet support USB devices without considerable hacking.
ReactOS advantages vs. Windows
- ReactOS boot image is under 150 MB and 400 MB for base installation, while Windows is nearing a 10 GB install
- no OS license maintenance with Free (GPL) ReactOS
- no licensing worries about making many copies of a working ReactOS install. Get a VM working and copy it to many workstations.
- ReactOS “Lautus” theme looks, works and feels like Windows XP, so there are few concerns about transitioning users reluctant to change