I would like to install Nitrux OS on my computer, which I like because of its beautiful design. I currently have Ubuntu installed, downloaded the Nitrux ISO and would now like to create a bootable USB. So far all attempts that I tried did not seem to work (Rufus, start up disk creator, dd,...)'

Is there something special with this OS? According to the website it has to be "deployed not installed" even though I think this would be after initially booting it from a usb. Do I maybe have to change some config in Ubuntu so that the bootable device will be recognised?

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  • Is there something special with this OS? - yes. You are supposed to wipe out all your existing partitions.
    – cipricus
    Mar 13 '19 at 18:28
  • Like I've said on your other comment, there's little stopping you installing it on a USB stick.
    – roaima
    Mar 13 '19 at 22:57

The first section in the "Compendium" (documentation) is the topic "How can I take this great Linux distribution for a spin?." It clearly states that the ISO is not a Hybrid boot, and that Rufus and other generic boot utilities will not work:

Deploying Nitrux to a PC
How to deploy Nitrux to your storage device.

Our ISO is a standard ISO-9660 bootable image. However, our ISO dramatically differs from other conventional Linux ISO files in that ours is not a hybrid-ISO image and this means that the ONLY way to use Nitrux is deploying the ISO image using znx.

We DO NOT recommend that you flash the ISO raw to a storage device AT ALL, please use znx.

We DO NOT recommend using Rufus, YUMI neither we recommend Unetbootin nor Multiboot or any tool to write the ISO image raw to the device.

You can deploy the ISO from an existing Linux environment by downloading the znx AppImage.

It then gives the link for this znx AppImage, along with step-by-step instructions for performing the installation.

  • trying to follow the "compendium": sudo ./znx init /dev/sda5 on a newly created partition works fine, but sudo ./znx deploy /dev/sda5 nitrux/1-1-4 nitrux_release_stable-v-1-1-4.iso gives znx: Error: Device has not been initialized. - What's wrong? - A separate problem is that the last command works on a 8GB usb stick, but then my laptop wouldn't boot from that, not even after following this.
    – cipricus
    Mar 11 '19 at 22:45
  • I think that "Compendium" is far from being sufficiently detailed (while being uselessly pretentious).
    – cipricus
    Mar 11 '19 at 22:51
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    You didn't follow the instructions correctly. sudo ./znx init /dev/sda (which will wipe the ENTIRE sda disk), and then sudo ./znx deploy /dev/sda .... The instructions state quite clearly that "the initialization and the deployment are done to the storage device and not a partition, znx will automatically handle partitioning."
    – roaima
    Mar 11 '19 at 23:05
  • I understand now. I had read the instruction but couldn't believe a new Linux would ask me to delete all my partitions before installing. Sadly, that means i will never use a such Linux.
    – cipricus
    Mar 12 '19 at 7:38
  • I don't see why you couldn't deploy to a USB stick, but it does seem a shame there's no live edition doesn't it.
    – roaima
    Mar 13 '19 at 8:42

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