techpro wrote:People only started to put money into Linux once it became clear it had the potential to be a serious commercial OS. At present, ReactOS seems more like a hobbyist project, and the trouble with promotion is that it attracts the wrong kind of people (from your point of view) - people like me who expect that if you're promoting it then it must now be ready to use, albeit with a few bugs, not something that it is a challenge to get anything working on it.
This is not mutch right. ReactOS IS ready to use (i mean: you can download sources to work on it, website is working, etc) but you have to understand that an open source OS is a COLLABORATIVE project, not a commercial one.
This mean that Windows-minded users have to change their approach, from passive to active: we need contributions, detailed feedback, donations, promotion, etc, etc.
This is NOT just an "install'n'run" software (like MS Windows), but a community project that need (exactly as Linux achieved in the past, check the "Revolution OS" documentary - you can easily find a torrent or here's some parts @ YouTube
) volunteers to work in any way they can.
So, before ask what ROS can do for you, ask yourself what YOU can do for ROS.
BTW, as i already claimed, i belive is better to promote it between open source Win32 software developers 1st. Then it would be great to have some interesting sponsor, of course: HW manufacturers (that pays MS for Windows drivers certification
, for example) could help mutch this project...