[ros-dev] New Setup system

Jerry crashfourit at gmail.com
Sun Jan 29 05:23:59 CET 2006

I'm thinking on working on a new setup system (just the installing files 

Here are some of the details I'm thinking of (in no particular order):

1) 7-zip compression. 7-zip provides good compression ratios.
2)  xml based package information. This could include registry 
information needed by the application.
3) Third parties will be able to use it.
4) ability to download packages off of a network. ( (S)FTP HTTP or Samba )
5) self installing packages.
6) auto compile from source and install.
7) dependencies.
8) auto update from the net (not sure about this one).

If you have any other ideas please add them.

If anybody is interested in it, please tell me, and I'll plan to start 
working on it one to two weeks from now.

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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