A Fresh Install Walk-through

The following screen shots step through a fresh install of the OmniOSce operating system on a blank hard drive. To perform this install, one may use a bootable CD, USB drive, or PXE. Images for these formats are available at downloads.omniosce.org.

Booting from the install image

Upon booting from CD, USB or PXE, the OmniOSce installer displays several boot options. To install, one may let it time out and the install will continue.

Splash screen

Enter the number corresponding to the keyboard layout of your choice, and hit enter.

Choose keyboard layout

To continue the install, choose number one (1), and hit enter.

Install, shell or reboot

Select a disk that will hold the operating system, from a table of disks.

Enter either the drive number or drive label. The drive number is shown in the left hand column, and the label in the column “DISK”. If several drives are selected, they are mirrored for redundancy.

After selecting the disk(s), select zero (0) to continue the install.

Choose disk

Choose a name for the root pool, or simply hit enter to accept the default name, rpool.

Name the root pool

Enter a hostname for the installed system, and hit enter

Set hostname

Choose a timezone, and hit enter

Set timezone

The installer will offer to confirm the current time in the chosen time zone. If the displayed time is correct, type 1 enter

Verify timezone

The installer shows the progress of writing the operating system to the hard drive.

Install progress

When finished writing the OS to the hard drive, the installer displays status information. Type enter to proceed.

Install complete

To continue, and boot the installed OS, type 5 enter.


Progress loading kernel is shown briefly, before the splash screen.

Reboot progress

The splash screen loading from the hard drive looks identical to that from the CD or USB drive. One can let it time out to proceed to boot the operating system.

Splash screen

Boot progress is displayed as a rolling count of the various components being loaded.

Boot Progress

Log messages can make it difficult to see the login prompt.

Simply hit enter to get another login prompt.

Boot complete

The password for user “root” is blank. (note: ssh login by root using a password is disabled.)

Login prompt

Install is complete, and root is logged in.

Login as root