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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Forked-Daapd rides again! Creating the Linux installer


 Now that I’ve shown you what to do if things get sticky and how to solve them with the Windows 10 Recovery Drive, it’s time to remember that I’m writing about setting Linux and the forked-daapd iTunes server.

First, you need to download an .iso of the Linux version, or distro, that you want to use. If you’ve never touched Linux before, I will recommend LinuxMint to you. I have found it reliable, easily upgradable as upgrades come out, and it’s free. You can and should donate after you install it, but the software won’t bug you every 5 minutes for a handout. 

How to install Linux and it’s not from a Windows installer or macOS .pkg.

You need to download an image file in an .iso file. Now you install an .iso file on a flash drive through the use of an installer program such as Etcher, Rufus, or Unetbootin. 

Now Ubuntu Linux (from which Linux Mint derives) recommends the use of the Rufus installation app for Windows and the Unetbootin app for macOS. But I prefer Etcher. It has consistently given me the best performance. It comes in versions for Windows, macOS, and Linux. So I will show you all about Etcher.

Where do I download Etcher from?

You download Etcher from  For Windows it comes as a installer that you run.


Figure 1 making a USB drive in Etcher


The Web site comes up for the version of Etcher that your current computer supports. If you want to download it for a different OS, click on the downward facing arrow to the right of the “Download for Windows x64” in this case.


Figure 2 which Etcher version to down


You’ll find the Etcher download in your Windows \Downloads folder


Figure 3 Etcher in Downloads folders in Windows 10


Double-click on it to start the installation of the actual app


Figure 4 Etcher Setup Wizard

Click on Install to proceed


Figure 5 Etcher has installed

And you’re done. Click on Finish.


Figure 6 Etcher up and running


Etcher adds an icon to your desktop. Double-Click on it and you should see this screen shortly.

Figure 9 Etcher picks a Linux iso file



Click on Select Image and up comes a Windows selector box. Maneuver to your \Downloads folder, click on the desired file and finally click Open.


Figure 10 Etcher is ready to flash a flash drive


You’ve plugged in a flash drive and you are ready to flash the flash drive with Linux!


Figure 11 Etcher has begun the flashing

The process starts...


Figure 12 Etcher is 3 done


On its way...


Figure 13 Etcher has 4 of the flash drive validated


Now Etcher will validate your drive so that it will boot up. 

Figure 14 Etcher has successfully fflashed a drive


You’re done! Exit Etcher. Stand by for instructions in the next article on how to install Linux Mint on an external USB hard drive.


Tom Briant

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