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Some questions from a newbie

Matthias_LehmannMatthias_Lehmann Member Posts: 2

Hello OSR community,

i'm brand new here. I've already read all the Guildelines and FAQs I found, but unfortunatly I still have some questions:

Community Search:
Is it possible to search in a specific category (e.g. in NETDEV)? Would be very usefull to me.
Is it possible to search for Tag like "Announcement "?
And I not mean the Announcement and Administration Category. I mean the anncouncement tag on disscussions in all categories.

Mailing List:
As fare as I understand there is a "All Mails Group" which I'm not in as a newbie, right?
Is it anyway possible to get mails about new discussions (=threads) in a specific catagory?
And would it further be possible to filter for the "annoncement" tag as well here?

Follow button:
What is the functionality of the follow button which I can chose on the category overview page?

OSR Developers Blog vs. NT Insider vs. OSR Community
Maybe what I'm looking for is the OSR Developers Blog or NT Insider?
Can I assume that all critical stuff relevant to almost every windows driver deloper in the world out there will show up quite soon on the blog or in the next NT Insider?
What I'm looking forward is a way to get notified early enough about such stuff as this "Cross Signing support runs out for all MS Windows Versions" thing?
And what ist the difference between NT Insider and the OSR Developers Blog. Should I subscribe to both?

which brings me to the next and last question:
Is there any recomendable Microsoft's blog, mailing list, .... or anthing else which I should subscribe for such information? I mean specific information for windows driver developers. Including all you need to get it work (signing, testing, ...)

Thanks for your help already.

Greeting Matthias

Comments

  • Tim_RobertsTim_Roberts Member - All Emails Posts: 13,763

    There is no central place to get critical information. That's been a huge problem for quite a long time. Previous generations could use the Microsoft Hardware Developer's Conference for that, but there hasn't been one since roughly 2005. Some of the Microsoft driver team have blogs, the NT Insider has good information, and stuff pops up on the [ntdev] list when it becomes a problem for someone. We do the best we can.

    Windows is now so large, it's simply not possible to have one place that has all the information you know. Even in the driver world. network drivers and file system drivers and streaming drivers and disk drivers all have very different needs and requirements. It's painful on-the-job training.

    Tim Roberts, [email protected]
    Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

  • Peter_Viscarola_(OSR)Peter_Viscarola_(OSR) Administrator Posts: 8,235
    • Is it possible to search in a specific category (e.g. in NETDEV)? Would be very usefull to me.

    I don't think so.

    • Is it possible to search for Tag like "Announcement "?

    It would be, if we used tags on this forum. But, we don't. Because, in the old forum/mailing-list, they didn't exist, and now we're all just too lazy.

    • What I'm looking forward is a way to get notified early enough about such stuff as this "Cross Signing support runs out for all MS Windows Versions" thing?

    What I suggest is that you follow us on Twitter. We post almost anything useful/important there first. If you're not a Twitter user, sign up and use IFTTT to send you an email when we tweet something.

    • And what ist the difference between NT Insider and the OSR Developers Blog. Should I subscribe to both?

    The NT Insider is a journal type publication, that we publish on a random schedule. It primarily contains long-form articles about Windows driver and file system (and filter) development.

    The OSR Developer's Blog is... a blog. When we have something that we think is of interest to the community, we post it on our blog.

    • Is there any recomendable Microsoft's blog, mailing list,

    Nope. As Mr. Roberts said, this has been a long-standing issue. There's an entry on the WDK MSDN forum where the WDK Program Manager (who is very helpful and interested in the community, by the way) posts info of interest.

    Peter

    Peter Viscarola
    OSR
    @OSRDrivers

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