Most computers automatically boot from a USB stick. Simply insert it and turn on your computer or restart it. You should see a meny, prompting you to choose ….
If your computer doesn’t automatically boot from USB, try holding down the F12 key at first boot or ESC. With most machines, this will allow you to select the USB device from a system-specific boot menu.
F12 and ESC are the most common key to bring up your system’s boot menu, but F2 and F10 are common alternatives. If you’re not sure, look for a brief message at your system’s startup - it will often tell you which key to press to bring up the boot menu.
Else try to find the correct key over the web, or don’t hesitate to ask for help at our forum or chat room.
You will first be asked to start live mode. It’ll automatically start after 30 seconds. Live mode can be used for testing the distribution without touching the disk space, or for installing the distribution.
From that menu you can change the language and keyboard layout. This has no incidence on keyboard layout and language for actual installation, which will be asked later.
Please note that the default keyboard layout of live mode is US QWERTY, so it may be tricky if you want to set a user password for installation without actually checking the characters. The number of languages and layouts for live mode is very limited for live mode, but there are much more choice during actual installation later.
you can safely close or reduce the welcome window to display the desktop icons.
When you feel ready for the installation, click on the “install OpenMandriva Lx” icon.
First choose your language and click next.
Then choose your timezone according to this list either by clicking on the map or using the menu. Then check the language and numbers and dates are correctly set and click next.
You will first be asked to select your keyboard layout. If the installer doesn’t guess the default layout correctly, you can modify it and check with the ‘Test Keyboard Layout’ field.
Here comes the most important moment of the installation, as it’s about how it will be installed on your hard drive. Depending on if you already have once or more operating system already installed on your disk, Calamares can offer you:
Some automated options :
And manual option:
Alongside with the selected option, there is an option for swap file (there will be a dedicated thread for swap). Unless you know what you do, Swap to file is a good option.
Check the “encrypt system” option if you want to add a layer of security to your data. The system will ask you the password entered each time you start the system.
Create a user account, give a name to your computer and either give an administrator password (also called root password) or check “use the same password for the administrator account”
After checking the summary of the installation, you can click install
Wait for the installation process to finish.
Once done, click Done and restart your computer (you also can check “Restart now”).
Once your computer restart you can enjoy using OpenMandriva Lx.