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

David Hinz post.center at gmail.com
Fri Oct 14 17:23:25 CEST 2005

Maarten Bosma schrieb:

> David Hinz wrote:
>> I can't see your problem with the directory names.
>> I would boot up the ReactOS LiveCD, which would have a fullscreen 
>> graphic setup instead of the explorer GUI.
>> So we don't need to implement the graphic subsystem into the setup, 
>> we just need to create a fullscreen setup app.
>> Of course I don't want to replace the LiveCD with this, so I don't 
>> see any problems. 
> This is allready how setup works but it does not replace the shell 
> (explorer.exe) but smss.exe (Session Manager)
> so it is more low level. I guess that we get much better performace 
> and memory usage that way.  I also have to
> say that I think the installer is the least importained thing in the OS.
> Maarten Bosma
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Sorry, that I write a second response, but there are some additional things:

You say, setup replaces smss.exe, as far as I know this app implements 
the graphic subsystem and the native NT-api.
If we would create a setup that doesn't replace smss.exe, but would 
'replace' csrss.exe I think we could create something that doesn't need 
many resources, but could provide us a GUI. The only problem is, that we 
can't create a setup based on the Win32 api, since we are replacing it 
and so we have to use the native NT-api functions.
This would make the whole thing very complicated.


David Hinz

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