That's re-assuring Haos.
I don't mind "we don't have time yet" answers... I don't like "we have no intention of ever" answers... there should be some plan for it at some point in the future, otherwise people will develop other parts in a manner which will have to be completely re-written when the realisation hits the rest of the team that some
things just aren't possible unless you support the native NT filesystem. (or the fabled and shelved MS WinFS or something else which supports all the NTFS features in it's own way... but better, true NTFS)
NTFS was an integral part of the design of the NT kernel when it was still called HPFS, and Windows NT was called "Microsoft OS/2"... FAT is still supported for the same reason ISO9660 is supported, and you can boot NT off of that as well... that doesn't make it a good choice for your primary OS boot partition.
P.S. EmuandCo, thank you. I do
love you guys... but I don't see that "wrapping" NTFS-a-like features on any alien filesystem is a "good" solution. You're welcome to do it, and doing so would be a "nice" bonus... but making anything except NTFS (or something completely new like WinFS... Maybe an OpenWinFS as that would "stick it to the man") the primary FS is entirely secondary to getting full NTFS features working on MS created partitions. The benefits of having that
level of compatibility make (or will make) ReactOS far more "useful" and "attractive" to users from Server Admins to SMEs and "Geeks to Go" technicians (like me) who are likely to be your driving force in marketing ReacOS to wider audiences.
Let me put it this way... You aren't going to convince Linux users that ReactOS is better because it's Windows that's Open Source... They have an OSS OS and it works very well and they aren't tied to commercial client server applications which rely on NT infrastructure. You aren't going to convince Windows based organisations that ReactOS is better because it's Windows that's Open Source if they have to reformat all their servers and workstations to e3fs and find their backup system needs to be swapped out, and Ghost doesn't work unless they pretend their workstations are Linux and their Emergency Repair CD treats it like Linux because then... they don't have enough
incentive not to just switch to Linux and run Wine to get MS Office on the workstations.
If / when ReactOS runs on partitions created by Vista or Se7en (or what-ever comes next) and supports all those natty server tools that are so fussy over exactly what they are installed on, then
you have your killer app. You fit your niche. You ARE the Open Source alternative to the Microsoft OS. And when people are making ReactOS based Emergency Repair discs for Windows your "brand awareness" goes exponential.
Until you can do that, use whatever you like to "fill the gap", but please make it very
clear that it is a temporary... and e3fs with NT-like overlays could be a very "nice" temporary.