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Booting dynebolic

There are many ways to boot dynebolic on your computer. First, you need to download the ISO file and verify the checksum.

Booting from usb

On windows

On Windows you can use an application called Rufus to flash the ISO file to a USB drive. The interface is very intuitive, plug the usb stick, select the volume to install on and the ISO image you just downloaded to install. After pressing start it will recognize the image and will ask you to either install normally or in dd mode, please select dd mode.

On GNU+Linux

On GNU+Linux, find the device name of your USB stick, with this command:


The name you are looking for should be something like /dev/sdX (where "X" is a letter defined by your system). Read the information carefully, because it will include de sdX name of the main drive of your computer. Once you've determined the name of your USB stick, run this command as root:

dd bs=4M if=path/to/dynebolicIV.iso of=/dev/sdX status=progress && sync


You have to adapt this line so that "X" represents its actual value in your system.

Once this command has completed, the USB stick will be ready to boot.

Be sure to know the hotkey to press at boot for boot selection, or bios interface to configure USB boot.

Booting in a Virtual Machine

A virutal machine allows you to run an Operative System within your running Operative system. This way you can leverage all that dynebolic has to offer without the need to install it on your machine.

Virtual Machine Manager

One of the most user-friendly ways to run dynebolic in a virutal machine on GNU+Linux is by using Virtual Machine Manager. This tool will provide you with a GUI and take care of many complicated parts such as the routing of your physical audio and network devices more or less seemlessly. It also sets everything up to have copy+paste working from your physical machine's desktop to dynebolic within its virtual machine.

To install Virtual Machine Manager, follow the instructions on their website

Once installed you can run it an add a virtual machine. To do this follow these intstructions:

Hit the "+" button in the upper left corner of the GUI. You will be presented with a prompt asking you to choose how you would like to install the operative system.

Chose "Local install media"
Chose "Local install media"

In the next panel, you are asked to pick the file you want to use.

Pick the isofile
Chose ISO

This will open a prompt that allows you browse your file system. Click "Browse Local" and locate the ISO file you downloaded from

Pick the isofile
Pick the ISO file you downloaded

After this you will come back to the previous window and get to chose an operating system. Since Devuan is based on Debian chose, "Debian 12" and click "Forward".

In the next prompt, you are invited to allocate resources to the virtual machines in terms of CPU cores and RAM. You can safely allocate half of your resouces for both. In this example the machine has 4 cores and 4GB (4096 bytes) ram. So we allocate 2 cores and 2Gb (2048 bytes) RAM.

Alocate resources
Alocate resources

In the next prompt, you can allocate disk space to your virtual machine. This is a file that will be mounted as if it was a drive. It will contain all the data you create, so you might want to choose a good location for it. The extention for the file is .qcow2. In the screenshot bellow, we gave it 10Gb and stored the file in ~/Documents/dynebolic.qcow2

Alocate diskspace
Alocate diskspace

We then get a chance to review the settings and name the Virtual Machine. Let's name it "dynebolic" and click "Finish".

Name the Virtual Machine
Name the Virtual Machine

This will initiate the virtual machine and you should now see a window displaying a virtual screen with a boot slection. Pick the first entry by hiting the Enter key on your keyboard.

Run the Virtual Machine
Run the Virtual Machine

VoilĂ ! Give a few moments, and dynebolic will boot inside your computer.


QEMU is a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer.

On windows (todo)