IS YOUR COMPUTER READY FOR LINUX?
BIOS – UEFI – MOTHERBOARD SETTINGS
When you boot up your computer, every pc lets you get into the BIOS or SETUP. Be sure you have set everything correct so you can install Linux on your computer.
You should be able to boot from the USB via a keyboard shortcut for example F8 and if you are planning to install virtual box or any other similar application you need to enable virtualization.
VIRTUALBOX OR REAL METAL
Before installing a Linux distribution, you can first try it out in VirtualBox or other virtual machines.
As a matter of fact ArcoLinux is fine-tuned to work smoothly on VirtualBox. All packages are pre-installed.
You need to use the proper settings in VirtualBox.
You can end up with a unresponsive system (not enough RAM, not enough cores, not enough hard disk space).
You can end up with the wrong resolution (wrong choice of the graphics controller).
BURN ON USB
We recommend using a USB to install ArcoLinux.
HOW TO INSTALL ARCOLINUX
It takes several screens to install ArcoLinux and will take approx. 15 minutes to install on newer hardware.
Thanks to Calamares you will have a simple and clean graphical interface.
Calamares is changing with every release. Every new release of ArcoLinux will be using the latest Calamares installer.
Over time you will see some changes in our Calamares installer.
You can always report issues on the github of Calamares. It is the only way to improve calamares.
Calamares is not an ArcoLinux product.
There is so much information about
pre-installation and post-installation
Check these two categories
Use our “Everything you need to know about Calamares to solve any issue”
ArcoLinuxL is our flagship ISO
the best of linux apps pre-installed
ArcoLinuxS is our ship ISO
no software pre-installed
If you want less software we have ArcoLinuxS, ArcoLinuxD and ArcoLinuxB for you.
Our flagship becomes a cruiseship – install more packages or desktops from Calamares
Internet connection is required
With the latest version of Calamares you have the freedom to choose what packages to install on the fly.
You can select if you want a different kernel or decide to install nvidia packages.
You can decide to install the microcode.
You can decide to install any of our desktops.
You can decide to install any of our display managers.
You can select any of the additional software from the list.
We have created an ArcoLinux-meta-steam package to install steam the efficient way.
We have created an ArcoLinux-meta-fun package to install all the packages. Previously our fun script.
Choose either Libre Office Fresh or Libre Office Still.
Choose either Virtualbox for linux or linux-lts kernel.
If you change the language in Calamares, you will also change the language of Libre Office.
HOW TO SWITCH THE DESKTOP ON THE LIVE USB
Log out from the current desktop.
Follow the correct sequence:
- Type in the user : liveuser
- Click on password and leave it empty – it disappears
- Choose your desktop at the top right
- Press enter
user : liveuser
password is empty