Well, maybe it takes more than one step, since you need to download the 522 MB easy-3.1-amd64.img.gz file, and then use balenaEtcher to install it onto an SSD.

There is no need to download a “legacy format” ISO file (EasyOS 3.1 uses an image file), then create a ‘Live’ USB, and then use the ‘Live’ USB to install EasyOS to a SSD. Nope, it’s basically just one ‘Simple Step‘!  🙂

This is a brief followup to yesterday’s Tired of the Linux Terminal, the Command Line Interface (CLI), ‘Pesky‘ Passwords, Bloatware, a complicated OS meant for Technical people, etcetera? Try EasyOS 3.1 – ‘Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes‘ post.

Quick Barry Kauler quote:

And also, a reminder: EasyOS is an experimental distribution. Very experimental. I play with new ideas, and some of those ideas are a work-in-progress. Bare that in mind, if some functionality is not as you might expect in a mainline Linux distribution. Having said that, you should find the experience to be pleasant. Please let me know if any problems.

He does this on retirement, in his spare time, and calls it “Very experimental.” 🙂 It blows over 95% of the “mainline Linux” bloated Linux ‘Nanny orientated Distros outta ‘Da Water!

Install EasyOS 3.1 onto an SSD

Some people want their Distro on an SSD and/or M.2 drive. After downloading the easy-3.1-amd64.img.gz file, you just use balenaEtcher to “Flash from file” onto an SSD:

Then select the easy-3.1-amd64.img.gz file:

Select target disk:

Make sure you select correct target disk – mine is the SATA SSD 120 GB D:\ disk:

Then Flash it! 😉

The actual Flashing took *LESS* than 10 seconds!?! It takes a lot longer to flash USBs, and I had never Flashed a SSD before.

That’s all it takes to have EasyOS on SSD instead of USB.

EasyOS 3.1 after Installation

This Distro is so easy ‘n efficient that it doesn’t require a lot of writing, so am using lots of pics in this post. 😉 Here’s the GParted view after installation and some tweaking:

It recognizes the GeForce GTX 1660 Super on ‘CM130‘ AMD test computer, but uses the Linux Nouveau driver:

Wid Puppy Linux I just click the Nvidia driver to get it installed, but Mr. Barry is still working on that in EasyOS.

Here is a Containerized Desktop view:

That’s reached by selecting the dunfell desktop icon wid the padlock symbol at the top.

That’s about super security ‘n isolation, best I can understand.

Total isolation, the ultimate security

Firstly, what do you want to be isolated from? The answer is very simple: the drives on your computer.

What you want to do is browse the Internet, access bank account, or whatever, then shutdown. With no record, you were never there, no trace on the hard drives. Nothing, it never happened.

So even if you went to a website that somehow compromised your system. You just shutdown, and the intruder is gone, wiped out. If one of those ransom-ware intruders gets in and then tells you that your files are encrypted and you must pay $5000 to un-encrypt them, you just laugh and turn off your computer.

The means to achieve this protection is to run totally in RAM and totally disable the computer drives…

Conclusion

This was a correct second direction for Linux to go in, decades ago, but the ‘Bread ‘n Butter‘ for Linux has always come from big Business ‘n Corporations. Hence, the total focus of the Terminal-Centric (keyboard based) mentality on the Command Line Interface (CLI) instead of Graphic User Interface (GUI):

GUIs for everything – The objective is that everything in Easy be configured by simple GUIs, without having to fiddle about on the commandline. This includes management of SFS files, EasyContainers, pup_event, BluePup and EasyShare.

EasyOS uses the JWM-ROX DE, which I have never cared for…Puppy Linux now uses the same, and if Puppy Linux ‘n the ‘Puppies‘ ever offer a Cinnamon or Gnome DE, then it would have a higher user base, IMHO.

I have been following EasyOS since August 28, 2019, and it keeps getting better. EasyOS 3.1 is the best by far, so far. This version is so easy ‘n smooth that I can even recommend it to any new users who might be interesting in trying Linux. Some ‘Specialty‘ OS possibilities I can already see:

  • Newbies would probably like this.
  • Will be a great ‘Rescue‘ OS wid only serious competition from Puppy Linux.
  • Potential to be a secondary to ‘n ‘Companion‘ OS for Windows 11.
  • Already a super ‘Portable‘ OS.
  • Anonymity, Privacy, Security, etcetera etcetera etcetera!  😉

Will add this post to the Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes page…

Opinion

Basically, if a Linux Distro doesn’t at least give you the option of being a Fulltime Linux Root User on it, then it is at least able to spy on you. That Linux Distro is focused on helping big Businesses ‘n Corporations, and they *ALL* want to know what their employees are doing.

  • Hence, the Ones who need a Password for everything, are the Ones who are Spied on. The Ones who don’t need a Password for everything, are running everything, and are doing the Spying.’

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!