The Annual Report 2018 of ReactOS Deutschland e.V., the non-profit organization supporting the ReactOS Project, has just been finished. In the past, these reports have exclusively been published on the ReactOS Deutschland e.V. subsite, but only got little attention there. Hence, the latest report is now released on the main ReactOS website. In our quest for transparency, we hope that the report offers an insight into the foundation's activities in 2018 and the plans for 2019.
After decades on IRC and around 3 months of internal testing, the ReactOS Project has officially switched to a self-hosted Mattermost server as its main discussion platform. Mattermost is a modern open-source solution for team communication, eliminating many of the limits of IRC: Ever missed an opportunity to contact a person, because that person wasn't on IRC at the same time as yourself? Ever thought "A picture is worth a thousand words", but were too lazy to look up an image hosting service, publish your image there, and then post a link to IRC?
2019-02-28 19:00 UTC Mattermost meeting channel Proceedings Meeting started at 19:01 by Colin Finck. Point 1: Status Reports Point 2: Final decision on Mattermost Point 3: Google Summer of Code 2019 Point 4: 0.4.11 Point 5: Chemnitzer Linux-Tage 2019 Point 1: Status Reports Alexander Rechitskiy tried to get the source code of a network card driver from Intel, but got the response that they can't provide an open source license for it.
The ReactOS team is pleased to announce the release of version 0.4.11. This version has seen substantial work done to the kernel, helping improve overall system stability. Kernel Improvements While the term kernel is used as a sort of catch-all term, in truth the range of functionality that it encapsulates is quite wide. One case in point is the kernel’s responsibility for managing file I/O. A mistake here can cause subtle data corruption to more obvious hard crashes.
The ReactOS Project is proud to announce its participation in Google Summer of Code 2019. The Summer of Code program offers students interested in operating systems the unique opportunity to dive into ReactOS development over the course of 3 months and get paid by Google for completed tasks. ReactOS has successfully participated in Summer of Code multiple times in the past. Completed projects include better filesystem support, an improved Application Manager, and a more stable network stack - just to name a few.
2018-12-20 19:00 UTC #meeting Proceedings Meeting started at 19:15 by Colin Finck. Point 1: Status Reports Point 2: NT6+ strategy Point 3: Compilers upgrade Point 1: Status Reports Amine Khaldi reported that he worked on Wine syncs. Colin Finck finished the backup of all our old servers/VMs and could finally terminate the contracts for 3 servers we had in use more or less unchanged for 5 years.
2019-01-24 19:00 UTC Mattermost meeting channel Proceedings Meeting started at 19:00 by Colin Finck, which is our first on Mattermost! Point 1: Status Reports Point 2: Mattermost Point 3: Google Summer of Code 2019 Point 4: TeamCity Point 1: Status Reports Alexander Rechitskiy did several bug reports and rechecked old bug reports. He conducted an experiment on crowdfunding work of Katayama Hirofumi MZ. Apart from that, he also did PR work.
2018-11-29 19:00 UTC #meeting Proceedings Meeting started at 19:01 by Colin Finck. Point 1: Status Reports Point 2: Web and Infrastructure Projects Point 3: Jira tickets workflow Point 4: ReactOS 0.5 Planning Point 5: ReactOS Deutschland e.V. Update and ReactOS Hackfest(s) 2019 Point 6: All-in-one ISOs combining Live-CD and GUI Installer Point 1: Status Reports Aleksey Bragin mostly dropped by to say hi. But he also mentioned he was getting ready for some infrastructure work together with Colin.
The ReactOS project is pleased to announce the release of version 0.4.10, the latest of our quarterly cadence of releases. The project has seen an increasing emphasis on consistency and stability over the past few months, an emphasis the rapid release schedule helps reinforce to provide a better end-user experience. Even as new pieces of functionality are added, all this would be for naught if a user could not access them reliably.
2018-08-30 19:00 UTC #meeting Proceedings Meeting started at 19:05 by Colin Finck. Point 1: Status Reports Point 2: Slack / Mattermost Point 1: Status Reports Andreas Bjerkeholt did some translation work. He also got started coding for zipfldr with help from Mark, and fixed button states. He plans to continue work on zipfldr in the future. Colin Finck tackled one of the ideas from the Hackfest idea list together with Mark Jansen, namely the move of the website to a static site generator.