[ros-kernel] Re: Tainted code in User32?
jasonfilby at yahoo.com
Mon May 31 12:40:15 CEST 2004
Dmitry Timoshkov wrote:
>IANAL, but the quoted above approach is certainly valid if you are
>a driver targeted for an MS OS, since it's the clear case of
>requirement. But when you are developing a clone OS it's completely
>And please take it as such.
I didn't realize that the issue being debated was whether or not
reverse engineering is legal for our purposes or not. Its clearly best
to avoid it - because even if some of us disagree on it now, it could
come back to bite us. I propose that we make it official - on
reactos.com - that reverse engineering is not allowed.
But what I see as the issue is what constitutes proving that something
was not reverse engineered. I say that if a test application shows a
minor difference in Windows, it safe to say that we can make ReactOS do
the same without worry. When Thomas showed such an app to prove his
findings were not reverse engineered that should have been the end of
this discussion. Unfortunately it was not - and if we here at ReactOS
believe him thats good enough. We are not under the authority of any
other group or individual - and as you can see - we feel quite strongly
about that :) That said - collaboration and frank discussion on these
topics is quite welcome.
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