Getting Started

Getting Started #

Install Macaroni ISO #

Choice the right ISO for your requirements from our Download page.

1.Validate downloaded ISO #

After the you have downloaded the ISOs file, I suggest to verify the quality of the download throw our SHA256 hash:

$ sha256sum Macaroni-Funtoo-Phoenix-Gnome-23.03.02.iso
8637d8c6ba72f8694aabd631f038473acaadd0fbb8fc9fa7cec7bb0d495f1f54  Macaroni-Funtoo-Phoenix-Gnome-23.03.02.iso

$ cat  Macaroni-Funtoo-Phoenix-Gnome-23.03.02.iso.sha256 

If the download is correct the hash will be the same.

Until the issue #7 will be fixed you need to compare the sha256 manually.

2.Flash your USB drive #

To write an ISO there are different tools and ways. My suggestion is to use the wonderful tool Balena Etcher that validate the written bytes before share the result.

NOTE: At the moment the ventoy USB Solution is not supported.

Balena Etcher

3.Check your BIOS #

At the moment, the Macaroni ISOs don’t support an EFI-signed bootstrap. So, before bootstrapping your USB drive just check and disable EFI security check.

Hereinafter is an example of how setup the right options:

ASUS T300 Bios

Normally, based on device there are different way to enter on BIOS, through F10, Canc, F2. You need to check your device manual.

4.Boot the ISO #

When the Menu is visible could be possible customize boot options with E keyboard button. After push to E keyboard button compares in the foot the default command line options where you can add every kernel options.


Disable Nouveau driver #

By default we prefer using nouveau driver for the NVIDIA cards on bootstrap our live ISOs. But it’s possible that some new cards could be not be yet supported.

To force the loading of the NVIDIA kernel module you can add this option:


Enter in the ISO bootstrap shell #

If there are issues on bootstrap correctly the Macaroni ISOs you can enter in the initrd shell and to recover informations about your system and help us to check what happens.

To enter in the shell before the probing of the ISO squashfs to debug the probing phase and the switch root command you need to add shell=1 as option.

ISOLinux bootstrap #

The described option at the moment are not available in the ISOLinux menu visible hereinafter:

Syslinux Menu

The ISOLinux menu normally is available for not-EFI systems.

5. Start Installer #

All our ISOs are configured with Network Manager by default which is better integrated with the Calamares installer. You are free to disable and change it later when the system is installed.

The default user of Macaroni ISO is macaroni with password macaroni.

Server ISO #

The Server ISO automatically starts an X server with Calamares without a Desktop Environment.

Calamares Server

The X server available with the Server ISO is limited. If you don’t have a network with DHCP you can change the tty and using nmtui to setup Networking correctly.


To start the Macaroni Installer click to Install System from Applications โ†’ System โ†’ Install System.

Install System XFCE

Gnome ISO #

To start the Macaroni installer you need to enter on Applications dashboard and search for install:

Install System Gnome

6. Follow Installer workflow #

6.1 Welcome: Select Language #

In this page if the installer detects correctly at least one hard drive is present the first choice of the user: the select of the language.

Installer Language

At the moment the tested languages are English and Italian but other languages are available. If you find some problem with the other languages open an issue.

6.2 Location: Select Region and Zone #

The second page of the installer permits to configure the Region and the timzone.

Installer Region

Choice the right value from the map and go ahead.

6.3 Keyboard: Select Keyboard Model and Language #

The third page of the installer permits to configure the Keyboard Model and the langauge.

Installer Keyboard

6.4 Partitions: Select storage device and Partitions #

In this page you need to select the storage device from the menu and choice how the installer will prepare the partitions.

If the selected this is empty the installer will propose only two voices: Erase disk and Manual partitioning.

Installer Partitions

If you try to reinstall Macaroni OS to an existing system and/or replace existing partitions you can select the voice Replace a partition:

Installer Partitions and Replace

If you are a newbie, my suggestion is to use the self partitioning mode from the Macaroni Installer that automatically define three main parititions: efi boot (if you are in EFI env), Swap partition and a Root partition for all data.

Encrypt Full Disk #

Macaroni support Encryption of full system, the only partition left in clear is the EFI partition.

To enable the encryption you need to flag Encrypt system and write the passphrase as visible in the screenshot hereinafter:

Installer Partition Encrypted

With the set Encrypt System also the swap partition will be encrypted. The passphrase will be ask on GRUB before to print the Menu.

Manual Partitioning #

An expert user could create his custom installation with different partitions, for example, to divide /var/ from /, etc.

Installer Partitions Manual

Encrypt Home Partition Only #

Personally, I think that could be a good compromise to have the rootfs without encryption, this takes things easier on restoring a broken system and instead encrypt the home with user data.

This is possible from Manual Partioning on creating an encrypted partition.

Installer Partition Home Encrypted

To this it’s only needed after selecting the File System type (in the screenshot ext4), to set the Encrypt flag and set the passphrase.

NOTE: On setup, with a configuration with there are single partitions encrypted you need to do some manual operations when the installation is completed or at the first boot. Unfortunately, at the moment the configuration of a single encrypted partition is not handled correctly and automatically by the Calamares installer. So, these steps will be described later.

6.5 Users: Define User and Passwords #

It’s now time to define the user of your system, write your name and the name of your computer and choice your password.

Installer Users

Normally, the defined user will be the admin user and the same password will be used for root. If you want a different password for root, you need to disable the flag related to the option: Use the same password for the administrator account.

6.6 Summary: Show configured options #

At this point, you are near to starting the installation of your Macaroni OS system.

Just check the selected options before starting the installation.

Installer Summary

If all is ok, go ahead with Install button.

6.7 Install: The Installation is started #

Finally, the Macaroni Installer begins to write your hard drive. The time needed depends on your hardware and the speed of the hard drive.

6.8 Finish: The Installation is completed #

Wohoo! Your Macaroni system is ready!

Installer Summary

Set the Restart now flag to reboot your computer and to start your Macaroni OS.

6.9 The First boot #

Full Encrypted Disk #

If you have choice to encrypt the full disk on bootstrap the GRUB will ask for the passphrase inserted in installation phase before display the GRUB menu and go ahead with the bootstrap of your system.

Hereinafter, an example of what could be happens:

Grub Password

Complete the setup of Home’s encrypted partition #

If you have encrypted only the home partition or any other partition with the workflow described before to have the installation correctly working you need to execute few steps.

a. Retrieve the LUKS filesystem Id

# cat /etc/fstab 
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a device; this may
# be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices that works even if
# disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
# <file system>             <mount point>  <type>  <options>  <dump>  <pass>
UUID=ABF5-91D0                                        /boot/efi      vfat    defaults,noatime 0 2
UUID=f202c1d1-b131-45f5-8973-8f82cb63d688             /              ext4    defaults,noatime 0 1
/dev/mapper/luks-f1504aa0-2594-4221-b741-7ba315b47de0 /home          ext4    defaults,noatime 0 2

In this case the needed value is f1504aa0-2594-4221-b741-7ba315b47de0.

b. Editing the GRUB configuration file /etc/default/grub and add this option:


Where it’s used the LUKS filesystem ID with the option rd.luks.uuid that say to dracut to manage the prompt on Plymouth for uncrypt the home partition before start X.

c. Rebuild the initramfs image with macaronictl

$> macaronictl kernel gi --all --grub 
Creating initrd image /boot/initramfs-vanilla-x86_64-6.1.18-macaroni...DONE
Creating grub config file /boot/grub/grub.cfg...
Generating grub configuration file ...
Found linux image: /boot/kernel-vanilla-x86_64-6.1.18-macaroni
Found initrd image: /boot/initramfs-vanilla-x86_64-6.1.18-macaroni
fgrep: warning: fgrep is obsolescent; using /bin/grep -F
  WARNING: Failed to connect to lvmetad. Falling back to device scanning.

d. Check dmcrypt service

Ensure that the dmcrypt service is enabled on boot runlevel:

$> rc-update show
       NetworkManager |      default                           
         avahi-daemon |      default                           
               binfmt | boot                                   
            bluetooth |      default                           
             bootmisc | boot                                   
              cgroups |                                 sysinit
                 dbus | boot                                   
                devfs |                                 sysinit
        device-mapper |                                 sysinit
              dmcrypt | boot                                   

Enable it if it’s not available with:

$> rc-update add dmcrypt boot

e. Reboot your system.

If all is been configured correctly on bootstrap you will see the Plymouth page with the prompt where insert the passphrase to mount home partition:

Grub Password

Install Macaroni LXD Containers #

Macaroni OS supply their LXD images over a Simplestreams Server with help of the simplestreams-builder tool.

To configure your LXD system to download Macaroni OS images you need to add the macaroni remote:

$> lxc remote add macaroni --protocol simplestreams --public

The images are visible with the command:

$> lxc image list macaroni:

Install Macaroni Docker Containers #

The official Docker Hub user is macaronios.

To play with Macaroni just create your container:

$> docker run --rm -ti macaronios/terragon-minimal:latest-amd64

And then install your packages:

e9c4457e2ce7 / # luet repo update
๐Ÿ  Repository:               mottainai-stable Revision:  85 - 2023-04-06 21:04:23 +0000 UTC
๐Ÿ  Repository:              geaaru-repo-index Revision:   5 - 2023-03-18 10:12:28 +0000 UTC
๐Ÿ  Repository:               macaroni-commons Revision: 137 - 2023-03-19 11:49:39 +0000 UTC
๐Ÿ  Repository:              macaroni-terragon Revision: 176 - 2023-04-01 08:45:41 +0000 UTC
e9c4457e2ce7 / # luet i vim vim-core htop
๐Ÿš€ Luet 0.34.2-geaaru-g39b17f43958ab2df8c20f19410df612640428708 2023-03-15 06:03:31 UTC - go1.20.1
๐Ÿ  Repository:              geaaru-repo-index Revision:   5 - 2023-03-18 10:12:28 +0000 UTC
๐Ÿ  Repository:               macaroni-commons Revision: 137 - 2023-03-19 11:49:39 +0000 UTC
๐Ÿ  Repository:              macaroni-terragon Revision: 176 - 2023-04-01 08:45:41 +0000 UTC
๐Ÿ  Repository:               mottainai-stable Revision:  85 - 2023-04-06 21:04:23 +0000 UTC
๐Ÿง  Solving install tree...
๐Ÿฆ [  1 of  22] [N] app-admin/eselect::macaroni-terragon                          - 1.4.14+1
๐Ÿฆ [  2 of  22] [N] app-arch/xz-utils::macaroni-terragon                          - 5.4.2
๐Ÿฆ [  3 of  22] [N] app-editors/vim::macaroni-terragon                            - 9.0.1425
๐Ÿฆ [  4 of  22] [N] app-editors/vim-core::macaroni-terragon                       - 9.0.1425
๐Ÿฆ [  5 of  22] [N] app-eselect/eselect-vi::macaroni-terragon                     - 1.1.9
๐Ÿฆ [  6 of  22] [N] app-misc/mime-types::macaroni-terragon                        - 9
๐Ÿฆ [  7 of  22] [N] dev-db-3/sqlite::macaroni-terragon                            - 3.41.2
๐Ÿฆ [  8 of  22] [N] dev-lang-2/python-exec::macaroni-terragon                     - 2.4.6
๐Ÿฆ [  9 of  22] [N] dev-lang-3.9/python::macaroni-terragon                        - 3.9.16
๐Ÿฆ [ 10 of  22] [N] dev-libs-3/libnl::macaroni-terragon                           - 3.4.0
๐Ÿฆ [ 11 of  22] [N] dev-libs/libffi::macaroni-terragon                            - 3.3
๐Ÿฆ [ 12 of  22] [N] dev-libs/openssl::macaroni-terragon                           - 1.1.1q
๐Ÿฆ [ 13 of  22] [N] dev-python/setuptools::macaroni-terragon                      - 67.6.1
๐Ÿฆ [ 14 of  22] [N] dev-util/cscope::macaroni-terragon                            - 15.9
๐Ÿฆ [ 15 of  22] [N] sys-apps/file::macaroni-terragon                              - 5.44+1
๐Ÿฆ [ 16 of  22] [N] sys-apps/util-linux::macaroni-terragon                        - 2.38.1+1
๐Ÿฆ [ 17 of  22] [N] sys-libs/gdbm::macaroni-terragon                              - 1.23
๐Ÿฆ [ 18 of  22] [N] sys-libs/gpm::macaroni-terragon                               - 1.20.7
๐Ÿฆ [ 19 of  22] [N] sys-libs/libcap-ng::macaroni-terragon                         - 0.7.9+2
๐Ÿฆ [ 20 of  22] [N] sys-libs/libunwind::macaroni-terragon                         - 1.6.2
๐Ÿฆ [ 21 of  22] [N] sys-process/htop::macaroni-terragon                           - 3.2.2
๐Ÿฆ [ 22 of  22] [N] virtual/libc::macaroni-terragon                               - 1
๐Ÿ’‚ Checking for file conflicts...
โœ”๏ธ  No conflicts found (executed in 820170 ยตs).
Do you want to continue with this operation? [y/N]: 

Hereinafter, the list of the official Macaroni Docker images available:

Image Release Description
macaronios/phoenix-minimal Phoenix The minimal image of the Phoenix release without subets.
macaronios/phoenix-minimal-devel Phoenix The minimal image of the Phoenix release with portage and devel subsets.
macaronios/phoenix-testing-minimal Phoenix The minimal image of the Phoenix release with testing repositories.
macaronios/phoenix-dev-minimal Phoenix The minimal image of the Phoenix release with develop repositories.
macaronios/eagle-minimal Eagle The minimal image of the Eagle release without subsets.
macaronios/eagle-minimal-devel Eagle The minimal image of the Eagle release with portage and devel subsets.
macaronios/eagle-testing-minimal Eagle The minimal image of the Eagle release with testing repositories.
macaronios/eagle-dev-minimal Eagle The minimal image of the Eagle release with develop repositories.
macaronios/eagle-dev-minimal-devel Eagle The minimal image of the Eagle release with develop repositories and with portage and devel subsets.
macaronios/terragon-minimal Terragon The minimal image of the Terragon release without subsets.
macaronios/terragon-minimal-devel Terragon The minimal image of the Terragon release with portage and devel subsets.
macaronios/terragon-dev-minimal Terragon The minimal image of the Terragon release with develop repositories.