[ros-dev] New Setup system

Andrew Scott andrew.scott at wizzer-it.com
Sun Jan 29 05:35:01 CET 2006

7-zip can be painfully slow to unpack on old computers.

Jerry wrote:
> I'm thinking on working on a new setup system (just the installing 
> files part).
> 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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