How to Install OpenMandriva Lx 4.3

:warning: This documentation is for standard Intel/AMD computers, which are the most used computers nowadays, and for Ryzen computers (more modern and recent architecture, but not widely used at the moment). We also provides installation for other architectures which have their own documentation (Raspberry Pi, Rock Pi, PineBook, PinePhone…)

1. Create a bootable USB flash drive

The easiest way to install OpenMandriva Lx is with a USB flash drive. Be sure to download OpenMandriva Lx first.

How to make a bootable USB flash drive

Option 1 with Rosa ImageWriter

  • Download Rosa ImageWriter (you also can get it directly from OpenMandriva repositories), extract it (Windows/Linux) or install it (MacOS X) and run it.


  • Click the folder on the right to select your ISO file.
  • Be sure to select the correct Flash Drive (in any doubt, plug only the target USB drive to avoid erasing important data on another USB drive)

Option 2 with Etcher

  • Download Etcher (we recommend AppImage for Linux and Portable for Windows), install it (for MacOS X users) and run it.

  • Click Select image and select your ISO file.
  • Click Select drive and select your USB stick.
  • Click Flash!.

Other alternatives

You can also use KDE ISOImageWriter, available in OpenMandriva Lx repositories, SUSE Studio ImageWriter, or even dd command line.
As a reminder, the dd command should look like this: (be sure to replace /dev/sdb with the correct device or you could wipe important data, if you choose to use dd, we assume you know what you do)

sudo dd if=/path/to/openmandriva-lx-image.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=1024k status=progress

:warning: Please do not use other usb-writing tools as some Windows tools (e.g. Rufus) truncate the volume name and will break the boot process. In any doubt please ask for help in this forum or in our chat rooms.

2. Boot from USB flash drive

Most computers automatically boot from a USB drive. Simply insert the USB stick and turn on your computer or restart it. You should see an OpenMandriva Lx menu.

If your computer doesn’t automatically boot from USB, try holding down the F12 key at first boot or ESC. With most machines, this will allow you to select the USB device from a system-specific boot menu.

F12 and ESC are the most common key to bring up your system’s boot menu, but F2 and F10 are common alternatives. If you’re not sure, look for a brief message at your system’s startup - it will often tell you which key to press to bring up the boot menu.

Else try to find the correct key over the web, or don’t hesitate to ask for help this forum or in our chat rooms.

3. Start OpenMandriva Lx live mode

You will first be asked to start live mode. It’ll automatically start after 30 seconds. Live mode can be used for testing the distribution without touching the disk space, or for installing the distribution.

From that menu you can change the language and keyboard layout (do it before the 30 seconds timeout). This has no incidence on keyboard layout and language for actual installation, which will be asked later.

Please note that the default keyboard layout for live mode is US QWERTY. The number of languages and layouts for live mode is very limited for live mode, but there are much more choice during actual installation later.

4. Welcome in OpenMandriva Lx live mode

you can safely close or reduce the welcome window to display the desktop icons.

When you feel ready for the installation, click on the “install OpenMandriva Lx” icon.


5. Preparing the installation

First choose your language and click next.

Then choose your timezone according to this list either by clicking on the map or using the menu. Then check the language and numbers and dates are correctly set and click next.

You will first be asked to select your keyboard layout. If the installer doesn’t guess the default layout correctly, you can modify it and check with the ‘Test Keyboard Layout’ field.

Here comes the most important moment of the installation, as it’s about how it will be installed on your hard drive. Depending on if you already have once or more operating system already installed on your disk, the installer proposes:

Some automated options :

  • Shrink an existing partition and install OpenMandriva Lx alongside any other OS already available on your system. If you have a Windows partition, this is the option you may want to choose to keep this operating system. (recommended for beginners)
  • Use an existing partition and it will replace all files and/or OS on that partition with a new install of OpenMandriva Lx. (advanced users)
  • Use the entire disk and will create one partition where all will be installed under root, all other partitions will be removed. (beginners)

And manual option:

  • This method gives you the freedom to set any option, any filesystem and partition table, but leaves it entirely up to you to completely break the install too. Make sure you know what you are doing. Another page will be created for advanced partitioning. (expert users)

Alongside with the selected option, there is an option for swap (there will be a dedicated thread for swap). With most modern hardware (less than 10 years) swap partition with hibernate is a good option.

Check the “encrypt system” option if you want to add a layer of security to your data. The system will ask you the password entered each time you start the system.

Create a user account, give a name to your computer and either give an administrator password (also called root password) or check “use the same password for the administrator account”.

After checking the summary of the installation, you can click install

Wait for the installation process to finish.

Once done, click Done and restart your computer (you also can check “Restart now”).

Once your computer restart you can enjoy using OpenMandriva Lx.

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