Create a Live USB for Solus OS The Easiest Way

After a rough and bumpy start — where the project got abandoned just after a year it was started — Solus, a Linux-based OS made a great comeback as “Solus OS” and has recently gained a lot of faithful followers expanding its user base beyond projected limits.

Solus is a Linux distro that is written from scratch and utilizes the PiSi package manager with its own flagship desktop environment called Budige that is likewise written from the ground up but still has some Gnome stack under the hood.
For those that want to try Solus OS, this tutorial is going to guide you through creating a live USB disk for the OS installation from Windows.

First Step

As always, the process of creating a live USB disk for operating systems requires you to have the ISO image at hand. However, in the case of Solus OS, if you don’t have your image already, you get it on the official Solus page.

Second Step

Remember the Linux Mint attacks? It was when hackers gained access to the Mint website via WordPress and were able to change some of the download links of ISO files to their own with back doors.

Meaning, those that downloaded the tampered versions of the Linux Mint ISOs run the risk of having their systems compromised in the future.
To avoid falling victim to sly foxes like those hackers, always run a Checksum. Checksum compares the original MD5/SHA value with the downloaded one to ensure that you don’t have a corrupted file.

In the case where there’s a mismatch, the Checksum fails which, of course, mens you shouldn’t proceed with using the image.

On the Solus OS download page, you will find SHA 256 Checksum at the bottom. The version of Checksum depends on the version of the OS ISO file you are trying to download.

To Run Checksum, you need to download and install it. Download the freeware utility version MD5 & SHA Checksum utility.

Extract and install, make sure that your WIndows system has .NET but if it doesn’t the software will install it for you. Once you are done, open the program and browse for the Solus ISO image you have downloaded and it add it. The software will run a test to see if the image has been tampered with somehow. If the test is a success, then you are good to good.

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Third Step

Now that you have ran your security test and the ISO you have downloaded shows all green, what you need to do next is to get a USB writer tool, there are plenty of them out there but we recommend the USBWriter tool.
. Format your USB to FAT
. Browse for the ISO image and add to the USBWriter program.
. Click on Start

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The whole process should take a few minutes and you get a congratulatory message when it’s done.
Now you have made yourself a Live USB with Solus OS.

About The Author
Lamin Kanteh
Lamin loves smartphones and was introduced to the world of mobile devices with Android. Ubuntu is new to him, but he is enjoying writing about it so far.

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