Direct installation to USB-stick or SD-cardFor those who are already running a recent version of Linux, and do not want to be bothered with an ISO file, the *.usfs.xz file offers an alternative direct installation method, along with the install script '4install-quirky-to-drive-gpt'.
This actually was the only method offered for Quirky, but users kept telling me they wanted an ISO file, so I did.
What you do is download the *.usfs.xz file, then run the '4install-quirky-to-drive-gpt' script -- both are required to be in the same folder, in a Linux partition, with at least 2GB free space.
Don't forget to run 'sha1sum' to check the downloaded files are ok. Do it all like this:
# sha1sum *The script will install Quirky to a USB Flash stick or SD-card. Any size 4GB or greater is OK, although I recommend at least 8GB for practical ongoing usage.
The Flash-stick/SD-card will boot on any computer with 64-bit x86 CPU, which is most of them, and any with BIOS-firmware or UEFI-firmware.
All PCs manufactured from 2012, with Windows 8 or later, are of the UEFI-firmware type. The main thing that you have to do it turn of "Secure Boot" to be able to bootup an external operating system, as explained here:
If the script fails for any reason, the most likely being that you are running an older or inadequate Linux distribution, then download the ISO and burn it to CD/DVD or to a USB-stick.
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April 21, 2016