by Maarten van Druten
This is part 2 of a series
of articles were I will clarify the many possibilities of “AudioLinux”
In part 1 I explained how the open source community works, and what the
of an open source audiophile operating system.
Today in part 2 I will explain how you can install “AudioLinux” the easy
You don’t need any Linux command prompt experience, just read and follow
the manual that I have made for you
Installing "AudioLinux" the easy way :-)
Before running to the shop and buying an expensive linear power supply
and Audiophile and
an Audiophile PCI express USB 3.0 host interface card
first try AudioLinux on an old unused PC that you have laying around.
Don’t create e-waste is one important aspect of the open source
If your old PC still works good why spend extra money when it’s not
First try "AudioLinux" on a old PC, and don’t create to much unnecessary
Later if you really like “AudioLinux” you can always upgrade to an 100%
ultra fast, Audiophile grade computer, but I will discus that later on
Now we first going to install “AudioLinux” so that we can explore it,
learn how it works
and optimize it.
So clean your old pc, replace the original hard-disk for an faster SSD
and check if the old pc is still working.
Does it work? Great!
Then you can buy one license of AudioLinux (29 euro) on this website:
After some time Piero of “AudioLinux” will sent you a link with your
user name and password,
and a link were you can download your image of “AudioLinux”
Make sure that you have enough space free on your hard-disk, because the
image is big (16 Gb)
After downloading, extract the “audiolinux.image.gz” file so that you
have an un-compresed “audiolinux.img” file.
Copy this image file to a USB memory key or CF card (place in a external
USB CF card reader)
I used a 32 Gb CF card, and this card was more then big enough for the
“AudioLinux” 16 Gb image file.
Are you ready to install? ok here we go...
(Alternative way with GUI)
By Maarten van Druten
Version 1.0 – 6 September 2017
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First try installing “AudioLinux” on a old PC, that doesn't contain any
So that you can test the software before buying a new PC.
Always first backup all your data (on external hard-disk) before
following the steps
in this guide.
I am not responsible for any data loss by following the steps in this
Intel x64 compatible PC (i7 preferred)
8 Gb memory (16 Gb or more preferred)
1 x SSD (Solid State Drive) for the “AudioLinux” operating system
(minimal 60 Gb)
DVD ROM disc drive
Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS Live installation DVD (*)
Buy an Audiolinux image with support for €29,00 EUR
32 Gb memory stick (or CF card in USB card-reader) were you can place
the “AudioLinux” image file
(extract the img.gz file so it's not compressed)
(*) Download here:
and burn this image to DVD, so that you have a bootable Ubuntu
installation Live CD.
Short description of the steps:
- boot Ubuntu from the Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS installation Live DVD
- With the “Disks” tool, select the “AudioLinux” image file and restore
it to the SSD
Make sure that you have all the prerequisites ready before beginning
with these steps:
Place the Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS installation Live DVD in the DVD ROM disc
and turn on the PC.
Press F10 to get into “boot menu” of your PC's BIOS, and select “boot
Follow the installation steps, but don't install Ubuntu just select “try
after some time you will see the Ubuntu desktop on your screen
The following application has to be installed “Gparted”
Press this icon to start “Ubuntu Software Center”
Type in the “Ubuntu Software Center” search window
And install the software, if your password
is asked, type the password
you filled in during the installation process.
Go to the top left corner, click on the icon, and type “disk” then click
on the icon “Disks”
Then select in the left plane, the hard-disk were you want to install
Then press on the top right icon:
and select the option “ Restore Disk Image”
Then click on the small orange folder icon, and select the “AudioLinux”
image that is on your
32Gb USB memory stick Select “Open”
Then you will get a warning, that the
AudioLinux image is smaller then your SSD.
This is not a problem because we are going to resize your SSD later.
Select: “Start Restoring...”
You will get a last warning that all of
your data on the SSD will be deleted
If you want to install AudioLinux on the SSD press “Restore”
Type your password, and press “Authenticate”
The “AudioLinux” image is now going to be written to the SSD
This can take some time (approx 15 min)
After some time you “AudioLinux” SSD is almost ready
In the image above you can see that there is still a lot of free storage
Start the application “Gparted”
Type your password
Make sure that you select the right SSD in “Gparted”
Note: In this example the “AudioLinux” SSD is mounted at: /dev/sdb
Because I have multiple hard-disks/SSD's in my computer.
In your case the path could be different, this is not a problem,
just select the SSD were you have installed “AudioLinux”
Then select the partition that you want to
Then press on the orange “arrow icon”
labeled: “Resize/Move the selected partition”
When the “Resize/Move” windows pops up...
Place your mouse on the right arrow and drag it all the way to the right
Then press on the “Resize/Move” button
Then press the green check icon in the top
Now you reboot your computer (remove the Ubuntu installation DVD) and
You also can download this installation
manual in PDF here:
- Alternative Installation Guide"
If you have any questions feel free to ask your questions in one of the
TO BE CONTINUED...
Maarten van Druten (Audio Dandy)
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