[ros-dev] Undocumented APIs

Alex Ionescu ionucu at videotron.ca
Tue Jan 31 19:31:55 CET 2006

Casper Hornstrup wrote:

>I'd like to put this amendment to the IP policy to a vote, but first let's
>start with the 7 day discussion period.
>"If an API or a particular behaviour of an API which is part of the
>Windows(R) operating system is not publicly documented by Microsoft, then
>the API or the particular behaviour of the API may only be implemented in
>ReactOS if there is documentation of published software which depend on the
>API or the particular behaviour of the API, and which is not only
>distributed with the Windows(R) operating system. The documentation must be
>available in the repository."
>I argue that the more ReactOS differ from Windows, the harder it will be to
>prove that ReactOS is a derivative work of Windows.
>Med venlig hilsen / best regards
>Casper Hornstrup
>Chief Executive Officer @ Eudicon
>ch at eudicon.com / www.eudicon.com
>(+45) 27 29 36 20
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>Ros-dev at reactos.org
I am vehemently against this idea and I think it kills any chance of 
ReactOS being an NT clone. Have we changed goals or something? I thought 
the point wasn't just to run Windows applications.. if that's all we 
care about now, then why don't we just say fuck-all to the NT 
Architecture and you guys can go and do stuff your own way...get rid of 
smss, get rid of csrss, put win32k in usermode, don't use any internal 
NT structures anymore, and hell, don't even use syscalls anymore, nobody 
depends on those.

Best regards,
Alex Ionescu

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