[ros-dev] Release 0.2.6
ayerkes at speakeasy.net
Thu Feb 24 12:18:19 CET 2005
On Thu, 24 Feb 2005 13:44:32 +0100
"Casper Hornstrup" <ch at csh-consult.dk> wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: ros-dev-bounces at reactos.com
> > [mailto:ros-dev-bounces at reactos.com] On Behalf Of Karim Liman-Tinguiri
> > Sent: 24. februar 2005 12:34
> > To: ReactOS Development List
> > Subject: Re: [ros-dev] Release 0.2.6
> > Greetings everyone,
> > I totally agree with Murphy and I believe we should launch another
> > 0.2.x release before the next 0.3 release. I think before we can
> > launch a 0.3 release, we need to have a solid support for Win32
> > drivers: networking doesn't limit to LAN-Ethernet, but it also
> > includes PPP and modem connection (analogic and broadband).
> > With the growing amounts of winmodems, Win32 driver support must
> > definitely be implemented before claiming "networking
> > support": this is one of the weaker points of Linux: driver
> > compatibility (though lots of efforts are being made by manufacturers
> > and hackers), many drivers are still only available on the windows
> > platform. It'd be much cheaper, programming-effort wise, to natively
> > support windows driver than try to port them to ReactOS, (I'm not even
> > mentionning the case of closed-source drivers and undocumented
> > hardware).
> > As is stated in the status page of the library "Driver Support At the
> > moment, work to support 3rd party drivers (Microsoft Windows
> > compatible) is restricted. The focus is more on only basic drivers
> > that are written in conjunction with the various kernel facilities." ;
> > there's not much 3rd party Microsft Driver support. It'd definitely
> > have to be implemented before
> > 0.3 release.
> That would be nice, but it's not practical since nobody has volunteered
> to work on it and thus it will not get implemented any time soon. If you
> will work on it or can find someone who will and can give a rough
> timeframe for its completion (say 5-6 months), I might vote for a delay
> of a 0.3 release.
Among the most helpful things for modem support would be a serial device
framework. I've started the serial driver if somebody wants to continue
it, but I probably won't have time to finish. We need somebody to port
pppd into a kernel-linkable library as well.
Also, I'm still looking for somebody to work on dhcp client. At the
moment I'm spending time on the deeper issues we have in tcpip, but if
somebody else stepped up to help would probably switch to dhcp client and
the control panel. I was hoping to offload dhcp client but it looks like
that fell through.
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which are pushing on you with equal force in opposite directions. You will
exhibit no net motion. None the less, you may soon begin to notice that
something important is happening.
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