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How can we help ReactOS?

Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:40 pm
by Zutokaza
Hello,

Besides the obvious help.

1. Telling others about the project
2. Donating to the project
3. Testing for the project
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=14759
4. Making cute mascots. I noticed a topic about that.
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12756&start=120

What can we do for ReactOS? I am a programmer, but I am not familiar with much OS related stuff.

-Zuto

Re: How can we help ReactOS?

Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:46 pm
by Swyter
You can try to download and learn how to compile ReactOS, allowing you to do small changes by toying around with the source. Which forces you to explore JIRA and finally contribute stuff.
That's what I did when I was forced to make my own patch to fix a bug I reported... and it ended up being my kickstart to contribute many other things.

https://www.reactos.org/wiki/Development_Introduction
https://www.reactos.org/wiki/Submitting_Patches
https://www.reactos.org/wiki/Building_ReactOS

The wiki is very helpful, probably the best place in the ReactOS website.

PS: A tip, start really really small so that patches stop being daunting, one does not need to be a Xx_l337hax0r_xX to be of use, there's plenty of low-hanging fruit tasks for every level.

My recommendation, start by fixing typos in comments. Everybody can do that: https://git.reactos.org/?p=reactos.git& ... rep&s=alot

Re: How can we help ReactOS?

Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:51 pm
by Z98
Unless you are a professional graphic artist with a portfolio of very competent designs and experience doing designs according to customer specifications, trying to do #4 does not help us in any way, shape, or form.

Re: How can we help ReactOS?

Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:55 am
by dizt3mp3r
z98 - you are Mr. Motivator today... :D

Re: How can we help ReactOS?

Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:49 am
by PurpleGurl
dizt3mp3r wrote:z98 - you are Mr. Motivator today... :D
Maybe so, but he's one of the voices of reason around here. I remember my experience trying to make a desktop background. I didn't take the criticism well at the time, but if I were to be honest, I wouldn't use my own creations. So there is a high bar to reach when you are doing anything graphical for ReactOS. Just because a parent might put it on a refrigerator doesn't mean it is commercial quality graphics.

So back to the mascots and plushies, if you are not production ready, then it is true it is of little use to this project. Sure, there might be some good will created in having a fan club that comes up with ideas, but the ideas are worthless unless someone makes them tangible. It is better that the focus be on the project itself and not some side point.

(If it were me, I'd enjoy having some Purple alien girl as a mascot, and I might want her to be a character in a novel I might want to write at some point, but I don't have her features nailed down in my mind. And what I described could be seen as a conflict of interest. And that's another consideration, that there be no conflicts or legal entanglements from any help offered.)

Re: How can we help ReactOS?

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 11:04 pm
by Zutokaza
I said "we" and not "me," but some of the suggestions are quite nice. No plans on doing OS programming or graphics.

I am a game developer with many skills. I can make professional graphics, but do not have to the time for that right now because I have a lot of games to work on and personally I do not see how making mascots will really promote hardware capability. I think hardware is one of ReactOS's major issues besides favorite/popular windows software, but it has enough software working to do pro 2D work and encfs encryption. I have proven that 2D game development is possible with ReactOS with my testing post above.

I might try to find more software that use the same opensource libraries as the working software I tested because those have a higher chance of working. That means more software for ReactOS. Also, it means application programmers can make more working applications for ReactOS if they wanted until ReactOS has at least full WinXP compatibility.

Re: How can we help ReactOS?

Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:38 am
by hbelusca
PurpleGurl wrote:[...]If it were me, I'd enjoy having some Purple alien girl as a mascot[...]
Turanga Leela? :D :D

Re: How can we help ReactOS?

Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:00 am
by EmuandCo
hbelusca wrote:
PurpleGurl wrote:[...]If it were me, I'd enjoy having some Purple alien girl as a mascot[...]
Turanga Leela? :D :D
... is no Alien ^^

Re: How can we help ReactOS?

Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:09 pm
by hbelusca
EmuandCo wrote:
hbelusca wrote:
PurpleGurl wrote:[...]If it were me, I'd enjoy having some Purple alien girl as a mascot[...]
Turanga Leela? :D :D
... is no Alien ^^
Indeed :D We learn after that she's only a mutant human ^^

Re: How can we help ReactOS?

Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:11 am
by PurpleGurl
hbelusca wrote:
PurpleGurl wrote:[...]If it were me, I'd enjoy having some Purple alien girl as a mascot[...]
Turanga Leela? :D :D
She's not Purple, just her hair.

Re: How can we help ReactOS?

Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:19 pm
by MadWolf
hi if the ReactOS devs where serious about looking for a mascot then having concept art for the mascot can be useful so if the concept is chosen then it can be past to a professional graphic artist but it looks like the ReactOS devs do not want a mascot

Re: How can we help ReactOS?

Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:46 am
by EmuandCo
I do want, but I am not a real dev ^^

I asked a skilled friend of mine to make one. Lets see ^^

Re: How can we help ReactOS?

Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:40 pm
by Z98
That's the wrong approach to take. You don't give an artist a blank slate for proposals, you set down hard specifications that they need to fulfill, otherwise if what they come up with is not what you want or feel is usable, you run into potential personality issues wherein they get offended because you don't like their 'free' work. And if you do set down requirements, that robs motivation from artists unless they're getting paid. This is why I keep squashing the mascot ideas, until such time as the project decides to commit genuine resources to the effort, which includes multiple drawings, renderings, etc, we shouldn't be trying to haphazardly solicit 'ideas' or proposals because the chances that any random idea will fulfill the requirements for use as a team mascot is effectively nil.

Re: How can we help ReactOS?

Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:53 pm
by Littofoyd
Z98 wrote:Unless you are a professional graphic artist with a portfolio of very competent designs and experience doing designs according to customer specifications, trying to do #4 does not help us in any way, shape, or form.
I'm no professional graphic artist but what if someone can give a few good ideas about it wouldn't that be helpful in the least?