[ros-dev] New Setup system

Jerry crashfourit at gmail.com
Sun Jan 29 02:04:11 CET 2006

We could use 7zip compression (LGPL) which has some pretty good 
compression ratios. I think we should design the install system to be 
independent of reactos, ie be able to use it for installing other 
software on windows compatible OS's

Alex Ionescu wrote:

> You must've misunderstood/confused AIK/XIMAGE with the Vista installer 
> itself. I was not referring to the fact that Vista copies the entire 
> image system partition and installes from there. The new installer 
> technology allows a product to be split in any number of dependent or 
> independent packages, which each OEM can decide on what to include. 
> These packages can also be used to create a CD that has 5 Windows 
> versions, with one "Base" package, the other packages being simply the 
> different files. While Vista doesn't use this to its full potential 
> (at least yet), nothing stops us from using it fully, and it would 
> allow exactly this kind of debian packaging.
> AIK itself is an administrator's dream, both from the installation 
> viewpoint, as well as to being able to setup post-install 
> patches/tools as part of the .XIM. It also supports internet updating.
> Best regards,
> Alex Ionescu
> 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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