Your suggestions are really nice(even more when I am the one who began the GoldenApps/Testing Central idea).But I will try to convince(
) you why we do this way.
1)From a ContiniousTesting pov,as someone suggested ,ReactOS testers should think about downloading in Windows or Linux all of them,creating an ISO, and placing the ISO as a virtual CD device in the virtual machine.So having these apps in Rapps to download them is not such useful as a first thought can tell us.A Reactos Tester(not a casual "lets try this app") wont download GoldenApps from rapps.
2)GoldenApps are supposed to be a mixsuite of wellknown working apps.Even more,to specific version of the app.I.e: Mirc 3.57, Firefox 2.0. Not Firefox 12,neither 14. The reason is simple:Different app versions are different apps. Firefox 3.0 was rendering perfect while Firefox 3.6 was showing rendering font issues. GoldenApps main objective is to track regressions.So we have to be fixed to specific versions. This falls away from the objective of rapps:Showing newest and useful versions for the users. This is the reason we cant include just GoldenApps in rapps.Users wont be able to test the latest versions of FF and will blame us about old compatibility and so on.
3)Objectives of rapps.In my particular opinion,as the two points above this one are,the objective of rapps is helping our users to download and try latest versions of more or less stable apps. Maybe Firefox 2 (GoldenApp) is much stable than Firefox14 but as we know FF14 works more or less reliable,it's preferable to include this app so we provide ReactOS users a better user experience and they provide us unvaluable bugreports. In an Alpha stage development is really needed bugreports and placing just GoldenApps in rapps wont help Reactos development a lot. They are really stable.Anyway we include some of these GoldenApps in rapps for those who hates FF14 issues and prefers the stable FF3.6 Goldenapp better.
Maybe as you pointed is not a bad idea to create a subsection in rapps for the GoldenApps but maybe this wont help Reactos to discover new bugs as users will choose Golden if presented as the "stable" ones.
Also caring of rapps links is a pain in the...because we link to external pages,mainly official repos(Firefox repo is brumfl..as they keep changing and moving their binary packages ).So duplicating the links we have to care will be...crazy.Ask Daniel Reimer.
Anyway,it is not a bad idea so...
...I will note down about your request.
Thanks for sharing this suggestion!