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ReactOS would must be instalable on USB Stick

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:15 am
by LinoSP
I think ReactOS would be more popular if it could be instable on a USB Stick, like some GNU/Linux distributions like kubuntu . :D :roll: i wonder if the ReactOS development group are thinking on this posibility.

PD: I talk spanish, so sorry if i made some mistakes. :wink:

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:51 am
by oiaohm
Long term need usb stacks working right first.

ReactOS will be bootable from USB in time...

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 4:57 pm
by Jaix
ReactOS will be bootable from USB in time, but as oiaohm said the USB stack needs to be working before we can even think about booting from it. First there will be support for Mouse and Keyboards, but then USBsticks and drives will probably follow.

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:24 pm
by LinoSP
I'll be waiting for that moment and hope it can be done soon :) to show to all my friends this great OS :D

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:08 pm
by FlyingIsFun1217
Yo no hablo espanol muy bien :)

Hopefully the stuff will move along quicker than expected, and we'll start seeing that sort of stuff sooner than you think.


Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:23 am
by LinoSP
This is a good new :P i cant wait hehehehe

Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:01 pm
by z180
maybe its possible to install on hdd first and copy to usb stick
and reinstall freeldr to boot from usb.

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:30 am
by FlyingIsFun1217
I don't think so, because it would need USB support to read it's own files.


Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:22 am
by forart
Well, i would involve WinUSB (project page @ guy.

This would benefit both projects.

(btw, seems that these guyz achieved to run XP from a stick... dunno if can help)

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:49 am
by Phobos
many people have gotten xp to run on a usb stick, but that is not the issue.

once reactos can actually read from a usb drive, then having it booting from there is almost trivial

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 7:22 pm
by z180
sorry i was wrong :shock: ,I thought nt4 has different disk drivers that use BIOS calls and ReactOS too ,
but reactos uses direct IDE/(S)ATA port access.
I remembered that unlike NTLDR Freeldr could be loaded with any multiboot compatible loader like GRUB and had the idea of
booting from USB ->GRUB->Freeldr->ntoskrnl.exe.

Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:49 am
by SdC
One of the most annoying things about Windows (pre-Vista) has been the need for separate text-mode drivers for the initial stage of the setup procedure.
For automated deployments (RIS or WDM in compatibility mode) you'd have to dump the drivers for textmode setup in the both i386 folder and the $OEM folder (NIC and storage drivers). The one in the i386 folder often caused conflicts with the MS default drivers leading to ugly inf file edits....
I was really hoping ReactOS would be different. Ideally combine the ISO images for LiveCD and Setup CD, and being able to run the setup from the Live session; basically run a partition manager, plonk a bootable image onto the HD (...or usb stick in future), and configure the storage driver and bootup. Then when booting the first time, run pnp detection and the text-mode setup just like with a sysprepped windows (ideally with the option to use unattend.txt) I remember frim some other thread in the forum that this is not on the agenda however.