JingOS Installation Tutorial

Overview

JingOS is a Linux distribution, which is specially designed to work with touch devices. Of course, you can install it on a normal desktop computer, but you will miss all the touch-specific functionality. In this tutorial we will install JingOS on your device using a bootable USB drive or DVD.

Requirements

The following preparations are needed to start the installation:

  • Connect your device to a power source.

  • Ensure you have at least 4 GB of free storage space, the size of JingOS is 2.9GB.

  • A DVD or a USB flash drive containing the version of JingOS you want to install.

  • Make sure you have a recent backup of your data. While it’s unlikely that anything will go wrong, you can never be too prepared.

You can find a tutorial how to create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive here. You only need to use a JingOS iso file instead of a Ubuntu one. It can be downloaded here.

Boot from DVD

It’s easy to install JingOS from a DVD. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Put the JingOS DVD into your optical/DVD drive.
  2. Restart your device.

As soon as your device boots you’ll see the lock screen:

Boot from USB flash drive

Most devices will boot from USB automatically. Simply insert the USB flash drive and either power on your device or restart it. You should see the same lock screen we saw in the previous ‘Install from DVD’ step.

If your device doesn’t automatically boot from USB, try holding F12 when your device first starts. With most machines, this will allow you to select the USB device from a system-specific boot menu.

F12 is the most common key for bringing up your system’s boot menu, but Esc, F2 and F10 are common alternatives. If you’re unsure, look for a brief message when your system starts - this will often inform you of which key to press to bring up the boot menu.

First Boot

The default pin for the lock screen is 123456. After entering it we see the welcome screen:

If you are not connected to the internet, you will be asked to select a wireless network, if available. We advise you to connect during the installation so we can ensure your machine is up to date. You have to agree to the terms of service:

Finally we will see the following screen.

Now we have finished the first boot of JingOS. You can choose between either installing JingOS directly, or trying the desktop first without making any changes in your device. If you like what you see we can move to the next step, the actual installation.

Prepare to install JingOS

There is a shortcut to the installer on the desktop. When you click it the following screen will appear:

Select your location

Pressing the ’Next’ button will forwards us to this screen:

If you are connected to the internet, your location will be detected automatically. Check your location is correct and click ’Next’ to proceed.

If you’re unsure of your time zone, type the name of a local town or city or use the map to select your location.

Select your keyboard

You will then be asked to select your keyboard layout.

At the bottom there is a text field where you can test the selected keyboard.

Allocate drive space

After selecting ’Next’ we see the following screen:

Use the checkboxes to choose whether you’d like to install JingOS alongside another operating system (’Create partition’), delete your existing operating system and replace it with JingOS (’Delete disk’), or — if you’re an advanced user — choose the ’Manual partitioning’ option.

Begin installation

After configuring storage, click on the ‘Install’ button and the installation starts. After everything has been installed and configured, a this window will appear asking you to restart your machine.

Click on Restart Now and remove either the DVD or USB flash drive when prompted.

Login details

Next, enter a strong password.

Installation complete

Congratulations! You have successfully installed JingOS! It’s now time to start enjoying it!

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Maybe adding the shortcut to navigate to buttons with tab can help people like who didn’t saw the buttons due to screensize limitation.

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Thanks for your input. However, I don’t get it. Which buttons you are referring to?

for some laptops the screen size is small so the installation window is cropped and the buttons are off screen maybe you can consider scaling the installation windows to fit smaller screens

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He is talking about installation interface, it has a wrong scale on some monitors…

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Exactly what I meant

Got it. I will forward this to our dev team… And they said it will be fixed in the next version.