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Security. Stability. Simplicity.

Delta Linux

A secure, stable, simple GNU/Linux based operating system built to run all the software you need portably and efficiently, out of the box.

Getting started is simple.

1) Download the Delta Linux USB/SD image(Click for Info)

  • Requires 2+GB or more USB key/SD card.
  • Requires 256MB RAM
  • Recommended dual core CPU or more, but realistically, if it can run Windows XP, it can probably run Delta Linux.

2) Write image to USB key/SD card(Click for Info)

  • Download Rufus and run it.
  • Select your USB/SD card for Device.
  • Change 'ISO image' to 'dd image'.
  • Click the button next to that to select the Delta Linux image you downloaded.
  • Click start.

3) Reboot your computer(Click for Info)

  • When your computer is starting, press F2 to enter the BIOS.
  • Find the boot menu.
  • If it says 'uefi', change that to 'legacy' using F5/F6.
  • Make sure your USB key/SD card is the top in the boot list.
  • F10 to save and continue booting.
  • To switch back to Windows, simply shutdown and remove the USB key/SD card. If you had to change 'uefi' to 'legacy', please change it back.

That's it! All of the software you need, in a portable, easy to use format. Here are some things you may want to do after installing, and some known issues and fixes.

Delta Linux - After Installation

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As much as possible, Delta Linux should just work, following the instructions found here.

There are two exceptions. Everything will still work without these, but you may wish to change them.

The first thing, is that the partition that saves your changes, called 'dlhome', is very small. This is done to make sure that the download is as small as possible, and that it will fit on as many USB keys/SD cards as possible.

The fix for this is easy. When you first boot, you will be presented with 3 options: Default, HighRAM, and Safe/Fresh. You can't be using the second partition to make this change, and only the Default option does. So, choose either of the other two.

When fully booted, right click anywhere on the desktop, and in the menu that pops up, go to System > Partition Settings. At the top right of the window that opens, select your Delta Linux media.(USB/SD) You will be able to tell by the size, the labels dlsys and dlhome, and empty space at the end of the drive. Resize the dlhome partition to fill the drive. Apply changes, and reboot, using the Default option from now on.

Again, to be clear, you don't need to do the above, but it is nice to be able to use all of your available space.

The second, and last thing that you should deal with after install, is that kodi will not update as it is. Also, you should only do this if you have successfully resized you dlhome partition as described above.

In your file manager, in your home folder, pressing Ctrl+h shows your hidden files, hidden by starting them with a period, '.' many of which are files that are configuration files for your programs.

In this case, you are interested in the .kodi folder. Copy that folder, paste it anywhere else, as in any folder.(Make sure you have pasted it.) Remove the original .kodi folder from your home folder, and then move the copy back. You can get rid of the original copy, but keep the new version in your home folder.

The short explanation of this, is that kodi is not able to write to the .kodi folder, until you manually write to it. So, you simply have to copy it, remove the original, and move the copy back in it's place. Once more, you don't need to do this, but kodi will not update otherwise.

As always, thank you for your time.

That is All.

Delta Linux Now Available!

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The default Delta Linux desktop. Everything is quickly accessible, and named for what it does, so finding what you need is always quick and easy. The default Delta Linux desktop

The desktop can be quickly and easily switched between a faster, simpler, more familiar panel and icons, or the fancier dock.

The fancier alternative Delta Linux desktop

Installation files and instructions, as well as other handy and helpful links, can be found at the Delta Linux Project page.

As always, thank you for your time.

That is All.

Delta Linux

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The following files will be added to the downloads folder over the next few days, and this post will be updated:

USB Image - which can be written to a USB key and used to run Delta Linux on almost any x86 or 64bit PC with at least 256MB of RAM within minutes.

01-filesystem.squashfs - A single file that contains all of the entire system and all programs. This means that you can upgrade by replacing this one file, or revert to factory settings by simply deleting the changes folder.

Several other files needed to boot will also be posted for anyone who needs to return to default settings. All of these files, and the 01-filesystem.squashfs are contained in the USB Image.

As always, thank you for your time.

That is All.