Install Quirky Xerus
I am providing image files for an 8GB micro-SD card. The file is
compressed, using 'xz' compression. To write to the SD-card, running
Linux, do this:
- Make sure the card is inserted but not mounted.
- Be absolutely certain that you know the correct drive name (ex: /dev/sdb)!
- Execute this in a terminal, in this example /dev/sdb is the SD-card:
> unxz --stdout quirky-pi2-sd-8gb-xerus-8.1.4.img.xz | dd of=/dev/sdb bs=4M
Quirky, as a derivative of Puppy, is extremely easy to use. However, if
you are a newbie to Linux, there might be some quite basic things that
are initially confusing. Please read these notes:
An extra note about automounting: Puppy and derivatives do not automount
partitions, as our experience is that it is more of a hassle than a
help. When you plug in an SD-card or Flash stick, partition icons will
appear on the desktop, and you may click on one to mount it (once
mounted, you can read/write its files). You always know when a partition
is mounted, by the little checkbox that appears on the desktop
- The above instructions are if you are already running Linux, and
know how to open a terminal window. If you are running Windows or a Mac
OS, there are instructions elsewhere. For example, here: http://barryk.org/news/?viewDetailed=00441
- The ">" shown above is not to be typed, it is the prompt that you see in the terminal.
- It is important the you type in the correct drive name, not a partition
name -- example, /dev/sdb is a drive, /dev/sdb1 is partition number one
on that drive. In some computers, your SD-card may show up as drive
/dev/mmcblk0, where /dev/mmcblkop1 is a partition on that drive.
- If running Puppy or Quirky, type "probedisk" to verify correct drive name of SD-card.
- If running Puppy or Quirky, check no partitions of the SD-card are
mounted (if they are, you will see a little checkbox on the desktop
partition icon -- click it to unmount).
- If running some other variety of Linux, partitions may automount as soon
as you plug in a drive -- and the drive may be assigned a very odd
name. Follow the instructions for that Linux distribution to unmount and
determine the correct drive name.
- If still confused, ask on the Puppy Forum: http://murga-linux.com/puppy/
After writing the Quirky image file to the SD-card (and be sure to do
that "sync" step, which flushes the filesystem buffers), unplug and then
plug the micro-SD card into the Pi2 or Pi3 (not the Pi1) and
At first bootup, QuickSetup will run, which is a window that
offers various configuration options. If you have written the image to
an SD-card that is bigger than the "8GB" image, say a 16GB SD-card,
there will be a checkbox offering to increase the filesystem to fill the
drive -- it is recommended to tick it.
Quirky is pretty easy to use, as you will discover. Just a couple of things to be careful about, related to using the Pi:
- A warning about using the Pi: never just turn off the power.
Always choose to power-off from the menu. the SD-card may be corrupted
if it is being written-to when the power goes off.
Actually, Quirky will detect an abnormal shutdown and at next power-on
will automatically perform a filesystem check of the card. However, it
is possible the card may be permanently damaged by such sudden power
- QuickSetup has lots of things to set, however, there are some extra settings in the config.txt file in the first partition of the SD-card, for configuring the HDMI monitor, sound, etc.
Read docs at the Raspberry Pi website on editing this file.
Note, it is on my to-do list to add settings of config.txt into the GUI of QuickSetup, with nice easy checkbox selections.