Blogs

GSoC 2019 - File Search (Final Report)

This is a summary of all the work that has been completed this summer on the file search project. All contributed code can be found in this GitHub pull request. Summary Here is a list of the main features: Quickly open it from the Start menu or with the keyboard shortcut Windows + F Search is case-insensitive and recurses all sub-folders Support for UTF-16 encoded text files File name filtering with support for wildcards "

GSoC 2019 - Developer Web Interface for ReactOS (Final Report)

Introduction Developer Web Interface for ReactOS is a web tool to support the development of ReactOS. The main goal of this project is to develop a platform for ReactOS developers to easily track Commits, Builds and Test details. The web Interface makes API calls to various endpoints of GitHub, BuildBot and Testman API and interrelates them and renders a simplified view of Commit, Build and Test details at one place, so developers don't have to visit different sites to view different details, our web Interface collects all details and displays at one place.

GSoC 2019 - Developer Web Interface for ReactOS (Week 3 & 4)

Hello Everyone !! Until week 2 we made API calls to the Branches and Commits Endpoint of the GitHub API and rendered it. So at the end of week 2, we were able to fetch Top 5 commits from any of the branches as required. Week 3 UI Improvement Till week 2 we just had a simple table showing a few very basic information about the commits. So we designed a collapsible Panel which can contain all information required from the API.

GSoC 2019 - RAPPS

Introduction Hello everyone, This is Akshay Patil, 3rd-year B.E CS student from VIIT Pune, lately working on RAPPS. The Google Summer of code, abbreviated as GSoC is an annual program in which Google pairs University Students to work with open source organizations and then awards stipends to students who are able to meet project milestones. This Summer I am working with ReactOS to improve RAPPS. ReactOS is a free and open-sourced operating system based on the Windows NT architecture, providing support for existing applications and drivers, and an alternative to the current dominant consumer operating system.

GSoC 2019 - File Search (Update 1)

Introduction Hello, My name is Brock Mammen and I am a student for Google Summer of Code 2019. This is my second year as a GSoC student, but it is my first year contributing to ReactOS. My project is to create a search extension for the ReactOS shell. I am excited to learn more about how the shell works and how to use ATL and COM to create user interfaces.

GSoC 2019 - Developer Web Interface for ReactOS (Community Bonding and week 1,2)

Introduction Hey Everyone, I'm Ayush Kumar Sinha, A 2nd Year CS undergraduate from VIT Vellore, India and a GSoC student this year under ReactOS : ) How I got to know about the project While scrolling through the list of accepted Orgs of 2018 (with filters like web, C++, javascript)I bumped into ReactOS. Hey!! they are building Windows-like OS from scratch, Sounds cool :). But the project ideas look quite hard with my existing C/C++ skills.

GSoC 2018 - Final report

Introduction WinBtrfs is a feature-complete IFSD (Installable File System Driver) for NT operating systems, written by Mark Harmstone. This driver is checked into the ReactOS source code for some time already. My main goal for this GSoC project was to implement all missing features (and fix bugs, of course) in ReactOS that prevents booting from BTRFS file system. Links All work is merged into gsoc2018_all branch in my ReactOS fork on GitHub.

GSoC 2018 - booting from BTRFS works!

Hi, all! Here is what happened since last post: Freeloader is now able to read files and follow symlinks from btrfs partition. One major issue is left here - case sensitivity. BTRFS is case-sensitive file system, so paths like /ReactOS/System32, /reactos/system32, /ReactOS/system32 are different here. But in Windows world most software is written assuming that case does not matter during path lookup. This thing is solved in WinBtrfs driver, but for Freeloader it can be a bit tricky.

GSoC 2018 - boot sector finished

Hi all! Sorry, haven’t written anything for a while. Let me tell you what have been done since last post. BTRFS boot sector TL;DR: It works! I’ve been able to load main bootloader code from freeldr.sys into memory, transfer control to it and get on error message (freeldr.sys can’t find its config file - I haven’t written second-stage BTRFS code yet). It was not that easy because we are in x86 real mode when running boot sector thus only about 1mb of memory is available.

GSoC 2018 weeks 3-4 - understanding BTRFS internals

Hi all! This two weeks I was diving into btrfs structures and on-disk layout. Writing an ASM program from scratch is not that simple so I decided to convert a VirtualBox image with BTRFS filesystem in it to raw file and write a python script to parse and show internal filesystem structures. It was also useful for understanding how files are stored in FS, because information on btrfs.