My name is Roman Högg (RomanH) and I have occasionally posted to this
mailing list and the web site forum in the past for a variety of reasons.
(offering/asking for help, submitting the Swiss German keyboard layout,
etc.) I now contact you for something completely different.
Together with the Helsinki School of Economics, Luleå University of
Technology, Nokia and IBM Business Services, our institute (
http://www.mcm.unisg.ch ) is conducting a study called
"Collabora-tion4Innovation (C4I)". The study is funded by the European
Commission and is examining the im-pact of diversity within teams on
factors such as innovation, creativity and productivity. By diversity we
mean things like cultural diversity, different skills, different
educational backgrounds, etc.
In the first phase of the project we are currently conducting a number of
case studies from a variety of areas. The goal is to find the "state of
the art" and later define areas in which further research is needed (e.g.
organisational aspects such as process design, improving collaboration
technologies, etc.) Since ReactOS is - as far as I can see - developed by
a pretty diverse set of people (developers from different countries,
probably with different skills and non-developers/users/testers that try
to improve the software in whatever way they can) I wanted to ask whether
it would be possible to conduct a "Reac-tOS Case Study". I think it would
be nice to not only have companies in the case studies. If you agree to
this idea, I would like to conduct interviews with 2-3 persons of you (in
English or German, most likely via phone). Each interview would last
between 45 minutes and 1,5h maximum. (or I could send the
questionnaire/interview guide in advance and we would only discuss the
more open questions over the phone). After the interviews I would condense
everything into a 3-4 page description of the project and the aspect of
diversity. You would then get that text and could tell me whether you
agree with it or whether I would have to change things. Nothing will be
published without your consent! Unfortunately I can't offer you any money
for the collaboration, but I think the study will give the project some
additional promotion and, if you want to, you may of course use my text
for documenta-tion purposes.
Please let me know what you think and thank you very much!!!
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I am sending this to let people know that I intend to participate in the
Google Summer of Code 2006 for ReactOS, and to see if anybody has any
suggestions for a beginner programmer like me.
Allow me to introduce myself for those of you who do not know me as
mikedep333 already. My name is Michael DePaulo, I am just finishing my 1st
year at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio (US). I know
English and some Spanish. I consider this project to be a great idea and I
hope to see it do a lot better. So far I have been trying to help it out by
answering visitor questions on #reactos, entering info into the wiki, and
whatnot, but I intend to actually start coding for this project with such a
Unfortunately I only have taken one introductory programming course, and it
was only in Java, although I have a relatively good understanding of the
components of Windows and how they work together. I also am pretty familiar
with GNU/linux and mingw. Therefore I need to determine what I would be
capable of doing with my limited experience and selecting the best part of
ROS to work on in time for the SoC application deadline (May 8th.) I was
thinking of working on an application bundled with ROS (which should work
with wine too) such as wordpad or imagesoft, (which is like MS paint), both
of which are being done by Ged Murphy at the moment. My friend suggested
writing a driver like for NICs since we already have the pcnet and ne2000
ones to act as templates and I'd just be working with an interface, but I
was under the impression that writing drivers in general requires a lot of
experience and you risk crashing the kernel a lot.
Even if I cannot complete a SoC project, I still intend to help code for
this project this summer. I will continue to help develop it onwards too.
If anyone has any advice or anything else to tell me, feel free to share it.
I can be found in #reactos usually and will be checking ros-general pretty
Also, I know that everyone around here uses the quotation style of using
only a portion of text above what you're about to say with the > next to it.
Until evolution or mozilla lightning works with my new palm, I will be using
Outlook 2003 primarily. Is there a way to easily quote using that method in
Aleksey Bragin wrote:
> Meanwhile, we already should start compiling a list of
> project's suggestions
> for it. Everyone is welcome to provide suggested projects,
> however please
> have in mind that only 1 student can do 1 project (or
> separate part of the
> bigger project). The project should sound interesting to a
> student who takes
> it, it should be doable and should have exact tasks to do.
I think it would be beneficial to approach this in the manner projects are
put forward for degree courses.
That being that each potential project should have some background info and
a description of the project itself.
Each project should also be assigned a sponsor / mentor as this is generally
a requirement of all major undertaken in degree courses.
We should therefore not put projects forward which no developer is prepared
to sponsor and we should refrain from providing projects with one line
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>Improving WIDL so we have to stop relying on
>MIDL (for RPC stuff, this is CRITICAL for ROS services)
Bad task. Midl format strings are undocumented. Only few hackers can implement them.
Only improving widl won't help us because some rpcrt4 features are not implemented too.
Eric Kohl is already working on some missing widl features.
I just want to let you know that I submitted a request to Google's Summer Of
Code 2006, for ReactOS Foundation to become a mentoring organization in SOC
I will let you know their decision as soon as they send the reply to me.
With the best regards,
I am glad to announce that the ReactOS Wiki now has a new main page. It is
based on a Dominik's design, however slightly changed colors by me, and also
necessary contents added too.
Of course (since it's a wiki!) the other pages, and the main page itself
still needs work on better categorizing / moving references / etc, so feel
free to do it! But the main objective has been reached now - the old wiki
main page has gone (actually it's moved to Old Main Page article), and new,
much more useful and clear has been placed instead.
Thanks to all who contributed to the new wiki main page!
With the best regards,