How-to: install Flint OS on your hard drive

Warning!Installing Flint OS onto your hard drive will erase all data on the drive. This is also an experimental feature, it’s not supposed to work flawlessly on every machine, use at your own risk. We can not be held responsible for any potential data loss.

0. Boot Flint OS for PC

Please follow this instruction to boot Flint OS from a USB drive or SD card and ensure the system boots without errors.



1. Enter the terminal

After the GUI of Flint OS has been loaded, press Ctrl+Alt+F2 (on some machines, including the Apple Macs the keys are Fn+Ctrl+Alt+F2) to enter the tty command line interface. If needed, you can press Ctrl+Alt+F1 (or Fn+Ctrl+Alt+F1) to get back to GUI mode. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+Alt+t (or Fn+Ctrl+Alt+t) with the Chromium browser launched to enter the Crosh, then enter shell to activate the Crosh shell.



2. Login

Flint OS will ask you for a login name and then a password. Before Flint OS for PC v0.3, the default username and password are both chronos. In any later release of Flint OS for PC, we will not provide a default password for security reasons. More details please refer to our FAQ.



3. Determine the target drive

Enter commandlsblkto obtain a list of attached physical hard drives recognised by the system. Under normal circumstances, your hard drives will be displayed assdxin the list printed by this command. You need to determine the label of the hard drive you want to install Flint OS to based on the size and the number of partitions, e.g.sda. The following command will use sda.



4. Run installation script

Enter commandsudo /usr/sbin/chromeos-install --dst /dev/sda You will get asked for sudo password. The installation script will confirm with you once again if you wish to continue and your hard drive will be erased. If this is what you really want, key in Y.



5. Wait for the script to run

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6. After the script has completed

As instructed, take out your USB drive, reboot your computer, cross your fingers and pray everything has worked. Good luck.