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Operating System Version 0.2

Chapter I - Downloading and Installation

Choosing and downloading an image

In summary, all modern Intel and AMD processors are 64-bit processors. 64-bit processors can run 64-bit software, which allows them to use larger amounts of RAM without any workarounds, allocate more RAM to individual programs (particularly important for games and other demanding applications), and employ more advanced low-level security features.

However, 64-bit processors are backwards-compatible and can run 32-bit software. This means that you can install the 32-bit operating system on a 64-bit computer.

Note that you can still run 32-bit software on a 64-bit operating system, so you should be able to run the same programs, even if you opt for a 64-bit operating system.

The 64-bit edition of Ubuntu (which Ready Linux is based on) has superior performance in real-world benchmarks.

The 32-bit edition of Ready Linux doesn’t work with the UEFI firmware found on recent computers that come with Windows 8 and 10, so you’ll need to install the 64-bit edition of Ready Linux on them.

If you want your system to have the ability to assign more memory to individual processes and use the latest low-level security features, you’ll need the 64-bit edition of Ready Linux.

If you still have a 32-bit processor, you’ll want to use the 32-bit edition. You may also want to use the 32-bit edition if you have proprietary hardware drivers that are only available in 32-bit form, but this is very unlikely to happen on Linux.

To test whether your Ready Linux computer has a 32-bit or 64-bit CPU, run the lscpu command in a terminal. A 64-bit CPU will be able to run in both 32-bit and 64-bit modes, while a 32-bit CPU will only be able to run in 32-bit mode.


Direct Download

Download the Ready Linux V0.2 (64 bit) ISO image directly
Download the Ready Linux V0.2 (32 bit) ISO image directly

Depending upon your connection speed, the download may finish in as little as a few minutes. Ready Linux disk images are generally smaller than most full featured desktop operating systems.

Creating an Installation Medium

If you do not have Unetbootin installed already, please refer to the documentation for your distribution’s package manager, or visit Unetbootin’s home page and follow the instructions there.

(i) Insert your USB drive.
(ii) Open Unetbootin.
(iii) Type your password when prompted, then click OK.
(iv) Click the bottom radio button next to Diskimage.
(v) ISO should already be the default selection in the adjacent drop-down menu. If not, select ISO from the list.
(vi) Click the button marked with ellipses (…).
(vii) Navigate to the location where you download the Ready Linux .iso.
(viii) Select ready64-V0.2.iso and click OK.
(ix) The Type: selection drop-down menu should default to USB Drive. If not, select USB Drive from the list.
(x) Select the drive location of your USB drive in the Drive: drop-down menu. Location will vary among systems.
(xi) Click OK. After a few minutes your bootable USB drive will be created.


It will take UNetbootin a few minutes to finish up and then it will prompt you to either reboot the computer or quit. The reboot option is nice if you’ll be booting into the image on the computer you’re working with; however, it’s just as simple to quit, eject the USB flash drive and move it to another computer.

Almost all modern computers can boot from a USB flash drive and this is the method that is most strongly advised. When compared to a CD/DVD, bootable USB flash drives are significantly faster when it comes to live desktop performance and install time. Also many new laptops and netbooks simply do not have any type of optical drive installed, thus ruling out optical media altogether. If you must write the image to a CD/DVD, note that almost every application capable of writing to optical disks is capable of doing this, please consult the application documentation specific to what you will be working with.

Boot into the Live Environment

Most systems are not set up to boot from a USB stick automatically. Since the method for doing so varies from machine to machine, you may have to consult the documentation for your system’s BIOS.

Entering the BIOS setup differs between computer makes and models but is generally accessed using one of the following: F2, F10, F12, or Esc. Very rarely does the BIOS screen not tell you what it is. Some computers give you multiple options including full setup and a designated boot manager, which is ideal for this sort of work.

Look for a message during initial system start-up that tells you which button to press to enter the BIOS. Often this is the Delete key. From within the BIOS you are able to alter the Boot Sequence and choose USB as the first device.

In some cases the BIOS requires that the USB stick is inserted into a USB port before it will recognize it in the boot order.

A lot of newer systems are no longer coming with a BIOS. Intel’s UEFI standard changed a lot of mechanics in a computers boot sequence. For more information follow this link

Once you have selected the correct device to boot from, follow the on screen instructions regarding saving and exiting (or simply hit "Enter" in the case of a boot manager) and the computer should now boot into the USB flash drive and present you with a UNetbootin screen. From here either wait a moment for the computer to automatically select the first option, or select any option from the list and hit "Enter". Ideally, the option you'll want to select is "Try Ready Linux OS Live" which will take you to a fully functional desktop from which you can install the system. The username to login is 'ready' and there is no password, just hit enter.


Before Installation

There are a few things you should know before installing Ready Linux, notably some things such as system requirements and a couple of disclaimers.

For a modern operating system, Ready Linux has very modest system requirements.

The minimum recommended specs are as follows:

1 GB of RAM
Processor based on Intel x86 architecture

5 GB of disk space
1024 x 768 screen resolution
Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
Internet access is helpful

Ready Linux generally installs and runs without issues on most systems that have at least the minimum recommended specs; however, there are always some exceptions. Many of these exceptions come in the form of systems that require proprietary drivers to properly function. Common examples of this include systems with NVIDIA or AMD/ATI graphics cards, or wireless cards from select manufacturers.

If you're unsure about any potential incompatibility, please do some research before installing. During your research you may also want to look for incompatibilities between your hardware and Ubuntu 14.04 as it shares lot of the same code with Ready Linux.

It is also strongly advised to back up any valuable or sensitive data before installing any operating system onto a computer that has one or more existing operating systems. There is always the risk that the install process could potentially interfere with these other operating systems, though this risk is extremely small.

Our final disclaimer here is that Ready Linux does include some proprietary software by default, notably Adobe Flash and depending upon where in the world you live, you may be subject to Adobe's End User License Agreement.

Installation to Hard Drive

(i) Initialise the installer: It can be found by left clicking on the desktop anywhere near the light blue border, then go into programs and settings, you will see here ‘Install Ready Linux’.

install menu

(ii) Select Language: Select your language and click continue.


(iii) Install Requirements: This screen is simply a reminder of install requirements. No need to click the download updates, you can do this after install. You may safely click continue here.


(iiv) Installation Type: If you are installing Ready onto a system where it will be the only OS, select the Erase disk and install Ready option and click Install Now.
(v) Write changes to disk and continue?: Make your decision.


(vi) Time Zone: Select your time zone by clicking on your location on the map.


(vii) Keyboard Layout: Select your general keyboard style from the list on the left, then select the specific layout from the list on the right. There is also a text entry field where you can test your selections. When satisfied, click Forward.


(viii) User Account: Enter a name you would like for the primary user account. Enter the password you would like associated for this account twice (for confirmation). Enter a name you would like for your computer.


(ix) Finalisation: This last step requires no user intervention. In just a few minutes you’ll have a shiny new Ready Linux system!

System Reboot

When the installation is complete you will be asked to restart. Click Restart Now. Next a screen will appear with shutdown messages which will ask you to remove the installation media then press Enter. Some systems may “hang” at this point. If you are presented with a black screen with a blinking cursor, press Enter.

First Boot

The first screen you will see is the GRUB boot screen. Ready Linux will be highlighted by default, and if no action is taken Ready Linux will boot automatically. If there are any other operating systems installed they can be selected by pressing the keyboard arrow keys then pressing Enter. Type your username and password in the text entry field then press Enter.


Once in the system it is recommended to update and upgrade the system by typing the following:

sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

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