Webunny wrote:True. Sooner or later, ROS will HAVE to go beyond the 2003/XP goal. I would strongly suggest setting the next goal to win7, when the time comes. As for the one after that; we'll see.
Well WIndows 7/Windows Server 2012 seems too much ambitous by now, isn't?, why not Windows Server 2008/Vista? (i know Vista as a co-goal can generate very bad PR).
Anyway whit a new goal... the drivers think seems will be a mess what generate some questions as: No longer progress whit XP/2003 drivers to get run on ReactOS?, all driver target turns to 2008/Vista? that's the end way for some very old hardware to run next ReactOS target whitout Vista/2008 or later drivers?. Probably there are more thinks (not related to drivers) i don't know but the next target seems to me a monstrous jump what might even justify change the name "ReactOS" to other, to avoid confusion.
I've had this discussion before, with z98, I think. While I'm not saying it won't involve some work and it will still take some time, I don't find it logical to assume it would take more time and work to go from scratch to winxp, than from winXP to Win7. Where you first have completely nothing and really have to start from scratch and build EVERYTHING up from the ground up, you can now build from a basis you already have, and where you had almost NO experience in creating and writing code for a Windows-clone, you now have already considerable expertise. For both these matters, thus, you have some headway and have an advantage you didn't have when one started the project, and hence, it will take less time. I don't think, thus, that going from XP to win7 is any more ambitious than it was for going from scratch to winXP.
As for windows Vista (and windows 8): while I'm sure some level of compatibility for those will be brought in too - especially if it's still there in win7 too - they are, alas, far less suited from a PR-standpoint. In short, they are not popular at all - at least, generally speaking, they are far less popular with the masses than XP or win7. So, if you're going to 'officially' pronounce a new goal after XP, you'd better set a popular goal than an unpopular goal, that much should be obvious.
Could be, of course, that by the time we get there, it's already win9, and maybe that one will be hugely popular as well and could be taken for the next goal (speak of ambition, then!
) But, as far as the current Windows iterations are concerned, I think the only viable option for a next goal, certainly also from a PR perspective, is win7. Which doesn't mean that under the hood there can't be added some compatibility with Vista and win8 as well, it's just not a smart move to say your next official goal is an unpopular OS. And of course, it's quite possible we'll be doing a better job than MS, and actually let you choose a theme and GUI identical to XP, so you won't notice the difference in a visible way for those that want to keep it 'XP-like'.