Gena is an extremely flexible PE1 project which uses Explorer as shell, supports SATA/IDE drives (thanks to DriverPacks), USB devices, and many other features and tweaks. Gena builds from a Windows™ XP/2003 Install CD. Gena uses the saydin77 Builder Core, which is the first open-source, first multi-architecture, first multi-language supporting core. Gena supports all multi-language sources (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, English, Greek, Japanese, Hebrew, Turkish, etc.). Supported combinations of architecture and service packs are: XP-x86-SP3, XP-x86-SP2, 2k3-x86-SP2, 2k3-x86-SP1, XP/2k3-x64-SP2, XP/2k3-x64-SP0.
By default, Gena boots fine with 96 MB available RAM (128 MB advised). Of course, RAM requirement can be easily lowered with some techniques (but we do not believe today's users have PC with lower than 96 MB available RAM). Depending on which script selections are made and how many apps are included, Gena builds at around ~60 MB with full mass storage driver support. Using WimBoot Gena builds at around ~30 MB, which makes for easy and quick booting (esp. PXE booting conditions).
Gena's motto is fun, freedom, and flexibility.
Most of all Gena aims to be fun. It is a hobby project developed by people who have fun playing around with PE1 development. Our hope is that others may benefit from Gena as well.
Gena also aims to provide freedom. Gena provides plenty of freedom to explore different PE1 builds — from regular ISO builds, to RAM-booting builds utilising various ramdisk drivers, or even booting from a WIM image à la PE2/3-style. Gena is also the only PE1 project in existence which provides the freedom to choose to complete all file registrations at build-time by including the RegFactory script set. To this end, Gena also provides the freedom to source application scripts from other projects as Gena maintains active support for a Common API which extends cross-project and cross-architecture script compatibility.
Further, Gena aims to be flexible. We want the end-user to be provided with flexible script options which enhance the freedom and fun of PE1 development.