Quirky Xerus 8.0 installation

Quirky Xerus 8.0 is available as an ISO file. The usual method is to burn this to a CD or DVD, using an appropriate utility.

Burn to CD/DVD

In Puppy Linux, there is 'Burniso2cd', found in the 'Multimedia' menu.
Other Linux distributions have equivalent tools.

Windows has equivalent tools, see here:

Or, the ISO can be written to a USB Flash stick...

dd to USB-stick

If you have a PC/laptop that does not have an optical drive, no problem, the ISO file can be written to a USB Flash stick. Any old Flash stick will work, capacity 512MB or greater.

Note though, this is not an installation of Quirky, it is only booting an ISO from USB media -- you will still have to perform the install step after booting up Quirky (if install to USB-stick, a stick of 4GB minimum is required).

To write an ISO file to USB-stick, when running Linux, this is how (assuming USB-stick is 'sdc' and it is unmounted):
# dd if=xerus64-8.0.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=4M
# sync
Windows has tools to do the same, see my blog post:

Again I repeat, booting Quirky from ISO, whether on optical or USB media, is not an installation.
At first bootup, you are guided on how to perform an installation.
However, booted from ISO can be used on an on-going basis if you wish, as it does have a limited session-save capability -- again, you will be guided about this at first bootup.


Look in the 'alternative' folder. If you do not want to be bothered with an ISO file, there is an alternative. This is a direct installation, bypassing the ISO.


The ISO (on optical CD/DVD or USB-stick) 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:


A note about USB Flash sticks. If you install Quirky to a USB-stick, I recommend use a USB3 stick, even if your PC only has USB2 sockets.
The reason is, I found, from testing two USB3 sticks, is that even when plugged into a USB2 socket, their read speeds are about twice that of USB2 Flash sticks.

Barry Kauler
April 21, 2016