[ros-dev] New Setup system

Jerry crashfourit at gmail.com
Sat Jan 28 23:59:09 CET 2006

I agree with David here. I think it is good to try to be better than MS 
in this area. I also think we need to work on a set up similar to debian 
(ie be able to download packages from the net). I also think for 
compatibility reasons we need to set up a way to have self-extracting 

I also think we need to have the setup to be able to install without a 
single reboot. This includes ReactOS being recognize devices, able to 
load, and  use the related drivers without a reboot.

David Hinz wrote:

> Alex Ionescu schrieb:
>> Sounds a lot like the new Vista AIK and the XIMAGE system Microsoft 
>> is working on. Not saying that's a bad thing, on the contrary, but 
>> why re-invent the wheel? We could just use their tools.
> And exactly that is what it's not. I've been looking a lot at the new 
> Vista deployment tools and ximage in the last two weeks, and the 
> difference is, that MS creates a file based image of the whole system 
> partition, copies it onto the harddisk and starts the setup, and what 
> I described is a bit more like the debian installer, everything is in 
> packages, that depend on other packages (or not) and each of them has 
> it's own configuration.
> This is much more customizable and flexible than Microsofts ximage.
> You can create one cd for the whole company, but when you have 
> installed ReactOS you just have to connect to the repository server 
> and select the repositories you need for this workstation. You will 
> never ever have to touch this workstaion again, it will be 
> automatically updated with exactly the things needed on this workstation.
> Keep in mind, my idea is not to make the installation as fast as 
> possible and to waste as less space on the installation medias as 
> possible, I want to make the administrators job a bit easier.
> Plus this has positive effects for home users too, as we have a system 
> wide update manager and not one for every vendor.
>> Best regards,
>> Alex Ionescu
> Greets,
> David Hinz
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