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ReactOS Hackfest will take place from 14th-18th August. FrOSCon from 19th-20th August. Use Skyscanner to find your cheapest flights!


Please register for the event by putting your name and details into this list. You will then receive the exact address shortly before the event.

Name Days Stays overnight in the loft
Colin Finck Sunday to Friday, plus FrOSCon on Saturday and Sunday Yes
Eric Kohl Sunday to Friday Yes
Giannis Adamopoulos Sunday to Friday, plus FrOSCon on Saturday and Sunday Yes
Mark Jansen Sunday to Friday, plus FrOSCon on Saturday and Sunday Yes
Thomas Faber + girlfriend Monday to Thursday Yes
Victor Martinez Monday to Friday, plus FrOSCon on Saturday Yes
Timo Kreuzer Sunday to Friday, maybe FrOSCon on Saturday Yes, but not sure
Alexander Shaposhnikov (GSoC Student) Sunday to Friday, plus FrOSCon on Saturday and Sunday Yes


If you want to give a talk or presentation during the Hackfest, please add it to this list:

  • I will present how to make use of the server for remotely testing real GPUs (and other real hardware) while having the same debugging benefits of a VM - Colin Finck (talk) 17:16, 29 June 2017 (UTC)
  • I will present what I've learned from Nuno Brito's/TripleCheck's workshop on licensing, what problems got visible in ReactOS and how we do licensing things best in the future - Colin Finck (talk) 10:02, 9 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Short presentation of what the Appcompat is, how it works + a demo. Mark Jansen (talk) 20:54, 4 August 2017 (UTC)


Add everything you want to have discussed/worked on during the Hackfest to this list. Finish your comment with ~~~~ to add your signature.

  • Let's work on definite concepts to have a SVN -> Git move by October. We can try things out at the Hackfest, show problems and workflows to other people, and get everyone on the Git train who isn't convinced yet - Colin Finck (talk) 12:13, 29 June 2017 (UTC)
  • I would like to discuss the ugly structure of the sdk directory and how to clean it up, with respect to the different types (public/private/internal) of headers and libraries. Ekohl (talk) 19:07, 29 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Try to look at some compiler bugs, e.g. delay-loading (CORE-6504), support for linking multiple .res files. Perhaps try a newer GCC version (they tend to regress wrt. PCH and compress-debug-sections. Building ROS with -fcompare-debug, CORE-8378 has shown compiler bugs in the past). Try to investigate why building ROS on ROS fails. ThFabba (talk) 11:44, 2 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Let's test Vadim's new USB stack on all the hardware and virtualization platforms we have. Try to see what's blocking boot from USB. ThFabba (talk) 11:54, 2 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Maybe do some work around testbot? Look at crashes, tests that take a long time, try to make AHK tests reliable. ThFabba (talk) 11:54, 2 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Look at CE aspects: Develop a reliable list of steps to get Word 2010 running. Figure out what's breaking Chrome's sandbox. Make sure Java has a reliable and sufficient AHK test. ThFabba (talk) 11:54, 2 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Follow a special SCRUMBeer strategy during the Hackfest vicmarcal (talk) 08:54, 4 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Call for HW USB debuglogs through our social channels and sort them to fix those showing the same issues. vicmarcal (talk) 08:54, 4 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Stream online our Daily Stand-Up Scrum meetings. vicmarcal (talk) 08:54, 4 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Ask for USB pieces of RH through social channels(donations). vicmarcal (talk) 08:54, 4 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Finish the RAPPS platform, addapt to the new needs of the new Rapps. vicmarcal (talk) 08:54, 4 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Carry as much RH/mobos as possible to test USB widely. vicmarcal (talk) 08:54, 4 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Discuss about translating resource files Mark Jansen (talk) 21:42, 5 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Open Pandora's Box by trying an SMP-enabled kernel using the CONFIG_SMP define and fixing synchronization issues (or is that too ambitious even for a Hackfest?) - Colin Finck (talk) 19:22, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
    • That likely won't be fruitful. Last I tried (a year or two ago) the APIC HAL wouldn't boot because of CORE-10146 / missing arbitration support. Hardware resource assignment was so messed up that it didn't even get to the SMP-relevant parts of the boot process. ThFabba (talk) 21:43, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
      • Ok, so maybe it's worth working on the HAL or giving a rough overview about the individual problems and the road to SMP support, no? I would really like to use the Hackfest to get developers into parts of ReactOS they would never touch on their own. And SMP support is one example, which currently feels like Pandora's Box - Colin Finck (talk) 09:13, 9 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Make a start on applying licensing best practices (after the presentation from Colin) Mark Jansen (talk) 15:36, 9 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Investigate why our GCC c++ binaries are substantially larger than c libraries. Mark Jansen (talk) 19:39, 12 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Discuss, define, and implement the web service for RAPPS together with the attending developers Alexander Shaposhnikov, Mark Jansen, and Victor Martinez - Colin Finck (talk) 09:12, 24 July 2017 (UTC)


If you bring any specific hardware or need some for your work, which you cannot bring yourself, just add it to this list. We can centrally organize this then. Finish your comment with ~~~~ to add your signature.

  • Will bring 24-Port Managed Gigabit Switch and an additional WLAN-Router - Colin Finck (talk) 11:25, 29 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Will bring one ReactOS Testing Laptop as well as a serial null-modem cable, probably won't use it myself during the event - Colin Finck (talk) 11:25, 29 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Will bring a Full-HD Webcam and laptop for proper live streaming this time - Colin Finck (talk) 11:25, 29 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Will bring one testing laptop (Dell Latitude d520) and one dev laptop Mark Jansen (talk)
  • Will bring one mini router (with wifi) Mark Jansen (talk)
  • Will bring Dell Latitude D531, ReactOS SBC & a dev laptop ThFabba (talk)
  • Will bring 19" and/or 24" monitor; VGA-to-HDMI converter ThFabba (talk)
  • Will bring a variety of USB devices (storage, HID, network, audio, hubs), miscellaneous other cables and plugs (ask me if you'd like something specific, there's a good chance I have it). ThFabba (talk)
  • Can anyone bring a printer? Mine are too heavy for transporting by train.. - Colin Finck (talk) 08:00, 11 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Will bring two DVD burners and some USB drives - Colin Finck (talk) 09:44, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Will bring some additional USB testing devices (USB->Network adapter, Licensing dongle, ...) Mark Jansen (talk) 20:54, 4 August 2017 (UTC)