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Installing EasyOS to laptop is too easy

October 08, 2019 — BarryK

I have a very cheap Acer Aspire1 laptop, with Apollo Lake CPU, 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage, passive cooling. It cost AU$240, purchased January 2019. It came with Windows 10 S, with free upgrade to 10 Pro. I have posted about problems with Windows on that machine.

Anyway, I don't use Windows, well, extremely rarely. The laptop sits beside my lounge chair, for comfortable browsing, and it has EasyOS on a USB-stick, protruding from the side of the laptop -- awkward, when the laptop is balanced on the lap.

So why not take that extra step and completely replace Windows with Easy, then no need for a protruding USB-stick?

OK, booted up EasyOS Pyro on USB-stick, with the 'easy-1.2.5-amd64.img.gz' file on it, then just ran:

# easydd easy-1.2.5-amd64.img.gz

It gave me a choice of installing to the internal eMMC (/dev/mmcblk0) or the USB stick (/dev/sda) and I chose the former. That's it, installed.

Powered off, removed the USB-stick, powered on, and EasyOS started up. Didn't even have to setup anything in the UEFI-firmware. How's that for easy?!

I wrote about the same type of installation, to the entire drive, in my Mele mini-PC: that case, I did have to set the UEFI-firmware to boot the SSD. 

Tags: easy