[ros-dev] Idea for the textual setup of ReactOS

Jonathon Keogh personal at juleos.co.uk
Thu Oct 13 18:18:44 CEST 2005


Bernd Blaauw wrote:

> Jonathon Keogh schreef:
>
>> * ....
>> * Ask questions about drives
>> * Ask question about location of ReactOS
>> * Ask question about booting
>> * Apply drive stuff
>> * Apply ReactOS location (and copy files)
>> * Apply booting stuff
>> * Reboot PC
>
> You mean answer all questions as soon as possible, then be done with 
> it until ReactOS has installed?

Yes, I did :)

>
> 1) Start caching installation files in RAM (as long as CD is the only 
> install medium supported, otherwise [2] first )
> 2) Textmode mass storage drivers for potential destination locations 
> (and for source installation medium?)
> 3) Partitioning
> 4) Install destination location (disk + location)
> 5) Boot manager questions
> 6) Other stuff (VGA, keyboard, language, country etc)
> 7) Copy files (should be fast when they reside in RAM already)
> 8) Boot manager stuff (if [7] doesn't hang on systems with 32MB or 
> less, bug 703 I think)
> 8A: disk only (MBR)
> 8B: diskette only
> 8C: both A and B (functions as a ROS startup bootdisk, and you can't 
> create a FreeLDR diskette from an install ReactOS AFAIK)
> 8D: something with writing bootsector to a file only.
> 9) Reboot
>
>> This is just an idea, remember.
>
> Mine also. Idea is to start as early possible with reading the 
> contents of a medium that's as slow as a cdrom.
> If 32MB is a nice bottom platform for installation ( 0.2x series did 
> also install and boot with 20 or 24MB RAM),
> then anything above it can act as file copy cache.
> .
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