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Baremetal installation prepare

The following section will guide you through the steps to prepare all the elements for installing Athena OS as baremetal.

System Requirements

Athena OS is currently supported on amd64 (x86_64/64-bit) platforms.

Athena OS requires:

  • A minimum of 20GB hard disk space for installation.
  • A minimum of 2GB RAM.
  • A bootable CD-DVD drive or a USB stick.

The recommended hardware specification for a smooth experience are:

  • 50 GB of hard disk space, SSD preferred.
  • At least 4GB of RAM.
  • At least 2 cores.

Preparing for the Installation

Before installing Athena OS on your endpoint, you need a set of tasks to prepare.

Download the Image

Download Athena OS as described in Downloading Athena OS chapter.

Creating a Bootable Athena USB drive

You can use several software for creating a bootable Athena USB drive on Linux or Windows. The USB drive must be atleast 4 GB of size.

Creating a Bootable USB drive on Linux

Balena Etcher
  1. Plug your USB drive into your available USB port.
  2. Download Balena Etcher. If you download the .AppImage file, assign executable permission by chmod +x balenaEtcher-<version>-<arch>.AppImage and run it by ./balenaEtcher-<version>-<arch>.AppImage.
  3. Click Flash from file and select the Athena ISO image file.
  4. Click Select target and choose the label of your plugged USB drive.
  5. Click Flash for starting the process.

Balena Etcher

At the end of flash process you will get a Flash Completed! message. Close Balena Etcher and reboot the system for booting into Athena OS.

Command Line Interface
  1. Plug your USB drive into your available USB port.
  2. Detect the drive device label of the plugged USB drive by sudo fdisk -l (i.e., it could be /dev/sdX where X is a, b, and so on).
  3. Run sudo dd bs=4M if=athena-<file-version>-<arch>.iso of=/dev/sdX status=progress oflag=sync (replace /dev/sdX by the drive device label of your plugged USB drive).

dd command` will now copy the contents of the ISO file over to your USB driive. Once done, you’re ready to use the USB drive as Athena OS installation media. Reboot the system for booting into Athena OS.

Creating a Bootable USB drive on Windows

Balena Etcher
  1. Plug your USB drive into your available USB port.
  2. Download Balena Etcher and install it, or run the portable version.
  3. Click Flash from file and select the Athena ISO image file.
  4. Click Select target and choose the label of your plugged USB drive.
  5. Click Flash for starting the process.

Balena Etcher

At the end of flash process you will get a Flash Completed! message. Close Balena Etcher and reboot the system for booting into Athena OS.

Rufus
  1. Plug your USB drive into your available USB port.
  2. Download Rufus and install it, or run the portable version.
  3. On Device, click on the dropdown list and select your plugged USB drive.
  4. On Boot selection, click on SELECT and locate the Athena ISO image file.
  5. Click START.

Balena Etcher

  1. When the ISOHybrid image detected window appears, select what you wish. DD Image mode provides more compatibility and it should be used in case of issues during boot.

Balena Etcher

At the end of flash process you will get READY status. Close Rufus and reboot the system for booting into Athena OS.