This page walks through the process of downloading Slint, verifying the ISO image with a checksum, writing the ISO to an installation medium, partitioning your hard disk, and briefly describes the installation process.
You can find the Slint64-14.2.1 ISO (most recent version) on this page at sourceforge.
You can also download the file directly with this command:
To verify the integrity of the downloaded image on Linux type in a terminal one of these commands and check that the result be exactly as below, else redo the download:
md5sum slint64-126.96.36.199.iso d3a41c3c0768a757a47e678a1fc94906 slint64-188.8.131.52.iso
sha1sum slint64-184.108.40.206.iso f481ff796cab1567d13c1f40ea42aaf61bf1917f slint64-220.127.116.11.iso
This is a brief description of the process of creating a Slint installation medium on a DVD or USB stick.
Linux system, plug in the USB stick, and check it's name with the following command:
lsblk -o model,name,size,fstype,mountpoint
Let's assume that the name of the USB stick be /dev/sdb/. It could be named otherwise, so don't copy blindly the following comand. The command syntax to write the Slint ISO to a USB stick that resides at /dev/sdb is as follows:
dd if=slint64-14.2.1.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=1M status=progress && sync
Windows use an application like Rufus. It is free and open source.
Linux system insert the DVD and type the following command:
growisofs -speed=2 -dvd-compat -Z /dev/sr0=slint64-14.2.1.iso
Be sure to enter the full path to the Slint ISO on your filesystem.
Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 system you can write to a DVD using the application InfraRecorder. It is free and open source.
Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 system you can use the Windows Disk Image Burner utility that is shipped with Microsoft Windows.
Slint requires a minimum of 11 Gigabytes of free space on your hard disk or solid state drive. If you plan to install additional software you will need more space, not counting your personal files. The size you need to allocate for your files widely depends on what you plan to store.
You will need at least one hard drive partition, of type
Linux. If you plan to boot in EFI mode you will need one small EFI partition as well.
You can directly create the partitions if you plan to install Slint on a machine without an Operating System. This is described below.
You can install Slint alongside other Operating Systems, like Windows, Mac OS, *BSD, or another Linux distribution as a
To do so you will need to first make some room on your hard disk so you can install Slint.
You can do this two ways:
disk management. For Windows, click the
Run, and type in the prompt
diskmgmt.msc, then hit
In this case you can go directly to the next step: create partitions for Slint.
You can create partitions for Slint either before or during installation. If you are not accustomed to Linux you will probably find easier to do so before installation.
In all cases you will need to create:
EFIpartition, it is probably used to boot another operating system
swappartition is useful if you do not have much RAM (less that 4 Gigabytes)
Linux) may be needed for /usr, /var, /tmp depending on your setup and the level of control you wish to implement on your Slint System. Generally a root partition and a swap partition are all that is necessary for a personal computer.
To do so you can use gparted. Gparted can shrink existing partitions to make room, as well as create new partitions in the freed space. If you do not have a system that supports Gparted (Microsoft Windows) you can boot up the Gparted Live CD instead.
To create partitions during installation you can type the command
cfdisk when it is suggested by the Slint installer.
downarrow keys and then hit [Enter] to begin the installation.
Please read the The illustrated installation process if you need detailed instructions. These instructions include screen shots.