openmamba rootfs openmamba rootfs

What is this?

  • live desktop system which can be immediately used without installation
  • KDE desktop environment with multimedia support for audio and video
  • full networking support with the ability to perform updates and install additional packages
All media (info and download):
Stable release: Weekly snapshot: Previous stable release (obsoleted):
Requisiti The x86 version works on Personal Computer (PC) complatibles that meet the following minimum requirements:
  • processor: Intel Pentium III or higher or AMD K6/Duron/Athlon or higher
  • 512 MB of RAM (2GB is recommended)
  • a storage device (USB storage, SD, microSD, ..) providing at least 2GB of space (4GB recommended)

The arm version can work on mobile devices like Tablets and Smartphones which meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Linux kernel version 2.6.32 or later with gnueabi (aka armel) ABI compatibility and driver support for the storage device on which you will put the rootfs
  • the capability (dependent on the device tecnology) to boot the kernel and modify its boot options to set for example: root=/dev/sda1 or root=/dev/mmcblk0p1 or root=/dev/mmclbk1p1
  • 512 MB of RAM (1GB is recommended)
  • a storage device supported by the Linux kernel and the device (SD, microSD, USB storage, ..) providing at least 2GB of space (4GB recommended)


1st step) Storage device partitioning

  • insert the storage and identify its device name (e.g. /dev/sda)
  • make sure that no partitions are mounted for the device
  • run parted or gparted to create a partition that is at least 2GB large
  • mark the partition as "bootable"
  • identify the device corresponding to the partitiong (e.g. /dev/sda1)

2nd step) Formatting the device

The filesystem (ext4) is recommended for best performances.

3rd step) Installing the cpio image

mount <partition device> <mount point>
cd <mount point>
tar xf /your/download/dir/openmamba-rootfs-en-i586.tar.xz

Note: boot loaded installation is a standard for x86 architectures through the BIOS. So the following sections are not applicable if you are using the arm version and in such case you need to proceed (if possible) in a way that is specific to the boot tecnology available in the destination device.

4th step) Installing extlinux bootloader (BIOS architectures only)

You need syslinux installed on your computer, then use the following command from the <mount point> directory:

extlinux --install boot
Unmount the storage and that's all about installation.

5th step) Running the system (BIOS architectues only)

Reboot your computer with the USB storage inserted in.

Your computer maybe configured or not for booting from a USB Hard Drive/Storage device; check your bios configuration and wheter it supports booting from USB (many bioses are buggy!).


Stable release:

Weekly snapshot:

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Architecture: arm i586 x86_64