[ros-dev] Arwinss presentation

Jose Catena jc1 at diwaves.com
Tue Jan 19 23:03:23 CET 2010

Technically Arwinss may not be the best possible architecture, but IMHO
right now is the only viable one in order to reach beta in reasonable time.

Sure, we will always see how a more "native" implementation could be more
efficient at the end, but the reality is that given the current human
resources it is not a realistic approach, it simply won't happen in many
years with the actual resources.

Arwinss allows us to use most of a working win32k subsystem (wine's) with
minimal effort, thus saving huge amount of work. So we can focus in
implementing other very needed areas to have a complete os.

Why to invest an huge resources that we don't even have to implement
something what is already done, better or worse? After we have the needed
partitions, filesystems, complete kernel compatibility, etc, if we have more
resources, we may consider t keep the the native win32k ss development, with
the advantage of having a complete and working system to compare and test
against, and most probably with more resources after we deliver an usable

ReactOS goals are to achieve maximum windows compatibility at both
application and driver/kernel components. We don't have any part finished.
Arwinss solves with minimal effort the application APIs side that would
require he largest effort otherwise, so we can dedicate our very limited
resources to finish the other parts.

It is just my opinion, but I see it so clear. I hope you all understand
this: the best architecture can be the worst one if there is no a realistic
plan to develop it.


Jose Catena



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