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

Richard Campbell eek2121 at comcast.net
Fri Oct 14 00:52:05 CEST 2005


Err, i'd normally agree with this, but even on slow hardware ReactOS 
setup only takes about 5 minutes, if that :P

Jonathon Keogh wrote:

> 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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