[ros-dev] Arwinss presentation
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What are the disadvantages to using ARWINSS as Win32 subsystem ?
"Entry level is rather low" - What are the requirements for Arwinss developer ?
- Marius Przybylski
Dnia 16 stycznia 2010 22:44 Aleksey Bragin <aleksey at reactos.org> napisał(a):
> today I would like to officially announce the (sub)project I was
> working on for the last half a year, and make a call to developers to
> ReactOS has been around for about 11 years, and it's been growing
> each year since then. The demand for an open source Windows-
> compatible operating system is huge: geek, servers, netbooks,
> accounting, point of sales, CAD... The list could go on and on.
> Time goes by, new versions of Windows operating systems are being
> released. ReactOS usability still has not reached any significant
> value. Not to say ReactOS didn't even officially enter the Beta
> stage. Separately, there are many achievements: audio support
> appeared, bootloader is able to boot real Windows, some Windows
> binary drivers could be loaded and work in ReactOS, networking is
> being improved every day, the kernel is being actively worked on too.
> But all of that does not really matter for the end user. For a user
> it's important that a web-browser loads websites, instant messenger
> client connects and works, [Microsoft/Open] Office shows documents,
> email client gets new messages.
> This bare usability is what's still missing, and if ti continues to
> be like this, I am afraid our project won't be of much use in another
> 10 years. Certainly, I became very concerned and started analyzing
> situation. Being opensource project without major commercial
> sponsors, there are certain limitations as to what could be done to
> improve the situation, so mainly it's a matter of picking right
> priorities and properly managing (motivating) existing human resources.
> The part of ReactOS which plays major role in compatibility and
> usability is Win32 subsystem. Right now, it's a huge monster which
> requires a lot more human resources than we have now. It's very hard
> and time consuming to reach even Windows 2000 level of compatibility
> with current amount of participating developers, and high entry level.
> I came up with something which could solve this problem: Arwinss. To
> better explain what it is, I made a special presentation (URL to
> slides in PDF format is in the end of this email). Please imagine
> myself talking through it as I didn't perform/record it.
> Now, after you read through the presentation, I would like to make a
> proposal to all developers (even newcomers, who never worked on
> ReactOS before). Let's make an Arwinss week, or Arwinss month. Every
> developer could definitely find a few hours during a week to hack
> Arwinss. Entry level is rather low, there are some basic docs about
> Arwinss in the wiki, and I am happy to consult about details.
> If I could make this new subsystem out of nothing (out of Wine and
> ReactOS) almost alone (Kamil and Smiley help is very valued and
> appreciated!) within a few months, imagine what we could do all
> With the best regards,
> Aleksey Bragin.
> The presentation: (links to further information are in the
> presentation too)
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