Installing Netrunner in 2 easy steps
Minimum requirements (tested on samsung netbook n110):
CPU 1.6-GHz Intel Atom N270
Hard Drive Size 10GB
Graphics Card Intel GMA 945
Video Memory 128MB
If you want to try out Netrunner in a VirtualBox, please make sure to give it 1024 MB RAM.
STEP 1. Make LIVE-USB or DVD
What you need
- Netrunner ISO
- Tool for creating a bootable USB stick: Imagewriter for Windows or Linux (preferred for all UEFI enabled computers) or RUFUS (only for Windows)
- 2 GB (or larger) USB Stick
64bit: If Netrunner on your 64bit UEFI machine crashes during installation, it is advised to use imagewriter, as it does use another bootlader, which most o the times makes the ISO install fine.
Download Win32DiskImager for Windows: Image Writer for Windows
or install package “usb-creator-kde” or “usb-creator-gtk” under Linux
Download RUFUS (for Windows only) http://rufus.akeo.ie/?locale=en_US
- Open ImageWriter
- Press the select button
- Type *.* in the file name box and find your Netrunner .ISO file
- Select your USB stick under “Device” and click the Write button
– or –
- Select the “Device”
- Select the “ISO Image”
- Press “Start”. RUFUS creates a Live-USB.
You now have a LIVE USB stick with Netrunner on it, ready to boot!
How to disable Secure Boot (UEFI)
If the installer crashes, you need to make sure Secure Boot is disabled.
If you boot in LIVE mode and the Netrunner Logo comes up, but the desktop does not start (AMD E1 with RADEON “kabini”):
Boot until you see the live system options, then go to “Start Netrunner” and press TAB instead of enter:
Now you can add “vga=normal nomodeset” to the boot options in the bootmenu and press Enter to start in vga/vesa compatibility mode.
If you find an issue and want us help fixing it, please post in our forums or report the issue at github:
STEP 2. Boot from LIVE-USB/DVD to Install
» This will be performed on the machine on which you wish to install Netrunner.
» This step is “non-destructive”, that means:
You do not have to permanently install Netrunner at this point. You can explore the operating system from your USB-Stick to see how you like it without affecting your existing setup.
What you need
» An USB-stick/DVD with Netrunner installed (see instructions above).
1. Insert the Netrunner USB-stick into the USB slot of the machine you want to test
Note: Make sure your machine is set to boot from USB first. You may need to check your BIOS to enable this functionality.
2. Boot the machine and watch stuff happen!
Once Netrunner is up and running you should see something like this:
3. Explore Netrunner
Note: In the LiveUSB environment you can explore Netrunner without making any changes to your existing system. In the LiveUSB environment the performance will be much less compared to the normal, installed mode.
Once you are ready, click on “Install Netrunner”!
4. Click on “Install Netrunner” to begin the install process
First choose your preferred language.
Simply tests for available Disk Space and Internet Connection (not needed in case you do not want to install language packs or updates)
6. Disk Setup
Partitioning is usually the one area that trips up newcomers to Linux. You have two basic options:
Option A: Install Netrunner “side-by-side” an existing OS, giving it a portion of the hard drive.
Option B: Install Netrunner only, giving it the entire hard drive and erasing all other data.
In this screenshot, I’m choosing Option A and giving Netrunner a portion of the disk, while leaving the other system unaffected and ready for selection on boot.
Of course, the installer has also C. Manual advanced option where you can set the partitions to your exact liking if you are in need of that level of control!
7. Timezone and Keyboard
Those are pretty much self-explanatory, so we will continue and go straight to:
8. User Info
Here you enter your name, username, password and choose the name for your computer and a default login option.
If you are ready to install the system, click continue and Installation begins.
9. Install! (Installation progress)
The installer will display progress and status information as it installs.
The percentages give you an estimates and may spring back a few times to a lower percentage to reflect it still needs to install locales or file-system.
At times, it seems the installer just hangs because there seems to be no progress – that’s not unusual, so don’t worry and just give it some time to finish.
At a maximum, the installation process should take about 30-40 minutes, much more likely are 15-30 minutes though (depending on the cpu, memory and hard drive of the machine).
After installation is finished, the system will return to the live-screen again and ask you to restart or continue:
If you restart, let the system power down, then remove the stick and reboot.
Step 3. (optional): Please look out for the README tutorials with tips what you may do at your first boot into Netrunner.
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