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How to get and install Slint

Download and check a Slint ISO image

  • First download both the ISO image of Slint 14.2 and its md5 checksum for a 32-bit or a 64-bit system. Then check the integrity of the ISO image, for instance with one of these command:
md5sum -c slint-14.2.iso.md5
md5sum -c slint64-14.2.iso.md5

Burn the ISO image on a DVD or an USB stick

Make a bootable USB stick

  • All previous content of the USB stick will be LOST
  • Re-read carefully your command to make sure that you didn't write the name of a hard disk partition instead of that of the USB stick as this partition's content would be IRRECOVERABLY LOST

You will need an USB stick of size 4G or more.

On Linux plug in the USB stick, then check its name with following commands:

lsblk -o model,name,size,fstype,mountpoint

If its name is /dev/sdc for instance, type:

dd if=<filename.iso> of=/dev/sdc bs=1M

On Windows use application Rufus that is free and open source.

Make a bootable DVD

On Linux insert the DVD then type a command like this:

growisofs -speed=2 -dvd-compat -Z /dev/sr0=slint64-14.1-full.iso

On Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 use application InfraRecorder that is free and open source.

On Windows 7, 8 and 10 use Windows Disk Image Burner, shipped with Windows.

Make room for Slint

To install Slint you will need at least 10G of free space on a hard disk or SSD of for the system itself, plus the space needed for you files and additional software. The size you need for your files of course widely depends on what yu have already or plan to store. This can be, say, from 30G to 500G as an order of magnitude.

In this free space you will need at least one partition of type Linux (size at least 10G), plus one small EFI partition in case you boot your machine in EFI mode.

If you install on a machine without OS, you can directly create the partitions (see below how to do that)

Slint alongside an existing system

You can install Slint alongside another or other system(s) like Windows, Mac OS, *BSD or another Linux distribution, performing a so called multi-boot installation. For that you will need to first make some room on an hard disk or SSD that you will use to install Slint.

You can do this two ways:

  • Using a tool provided in your system, like disk management (program diskmgmt.msc) for Windows.
  • Using gparted.

Slint on a dedicated machine dedicated

In this case you can go directly to the next step: create partitions for Slint.

Create partitions for Slint

You can create partitions for Slint either before or during installation, as you like. If you are not accustomed to Linux you will probably find easier to do it before installation

In all cases you will need to create:

  • Only on a machine booting on EFI mode one small partition of type EFI, with a size of at least 100M, unless there be already one such partition (probably used to boot another system),
  • Optionally a partition of type swap with a size of at least that of your RAM, preferably twice. This is useful if you want to be able to put your system in hibernate mode or you don' have much RAM (say, less that 4G).
  • A partition of type Linux with as much space of possible. Slint itself needs around 10G but you could install additional software, and could need a lot more space for your files. So I recommend a partition size of 50G if you can afford it, more if you need to store pictures, videos or music for instance.

Create partitions before installation

To do that you could use gparted, that can not only shrink an existing partition to make some room, but also create partitions in the freed space.

Create partitions during installation

To create partitions during installation you can just type cfdisk when suggested by the installer.


Just insert the installation media (DVD or USB stick) and reboot your machine.

A Braille display or terminal aka screen reader can be used by blind users to install then pilot the system. Read the instructions for use.

You will first be proposed to choose the language to use during installation. Select it with the up and down arrow keys, then click [Enter] to begin installation.

If your native language is not listed, pick the one you know the best.

The illustrated installation process provides detailed instructions .

en/installation.txt ยท Last modified: 2016/12/24 11:34 by didier