[ros-dev] Postponing the July Meeting

Ged Murphy gedmurphy.maillists at gmail.com
Wed Aug 1 18:16:18 UTC 2018

I have an item for the agenda. I'd like to discuss the possibility of moving some of our drivers out of the main repo and into something more convenient.

In case I don't make the meeting, I'll put forward some of my reasons here:

This thought has come about due to the btrfs driver which we use from Mark Harmstone. Mark's project receives quite a bit of interest on github, and I'm assuming one of the reasons is that it's so easy to find and build. Searching for 'btrfs windows' lists his project as the top hit in google, and building is as simple as cloning, opening the project in VS and clicking build (assuming you have the WDK)

I'm wondering if we did the same thing to some of our drivers, we might generate more interest in them. A good example would be our NTFS driver. When searching for open source NTFS solutions you're only really given Linux and Max options. The reactos driver is buried deep in the search list, and you only see it if you know what you're looking for. Next if you want to build it, you need to clone the main reactos repo, install the build tools, setup and build the environment, build the tool chain, build the linkers libs, etc, etc. There are so many barriers for people who aren't part of the reactos development team that the chance of getting anyone interested in it are practically zero.

This process would be much simpler if the code was available to clone as a separate project, and could simply build with the WDK and VS. There's then a chance that it might start to generate interest, and people may start working on it instead of it just bit-rotting deep in our main repo.

If we're going to do that, why not consider others too. Network cards, sound stack, USB, boot loaders, printer drivers, directx, etc, There's lots of things that people might be interested in working on and using if they weren't tied to the reactos code base. We obviously benefit from any external interest, and simply pull/import it back into the reactos project.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ros-dev <ros-dev-bounces at reactos.org> On Behalf Of Colin Finck
Sent: Thursday, 26 July 2018 17:58
To: 'ReactOS Development List' <ros-dev at reactos.org>
Subject: [ros-dev] Postponing the July Meeting

Hi all!

Looking at the calendar, it would be time for the July Meeting today.
However, I didn't receive any agenda proposals and also forgot to announce it in the course of releasing 0.4.9.
So I suggest we postpone the meeting to next week's Thursday, August 2.

Please send agenda proposals by then.
That meeting also allows us to handle last-minute planning regarding the Hackfest.

Best regards,


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