Once you have prepared your removable media, you can boot from it. All our live images use GRUB as the bootloader.
This may vary with hardware, but in general a properly created USB stick or CD/DVD disc should appear in the list of boot entries.
x86_64 architecture, you will typically get a selection
between UEFI and BIOS mode, assuming CSM is not disabled. Pick
whichever you prefer, but keep in mind that this affects things
such as bootloader setup when installing.
OpenPOWER systems use Petitboot. Simply boot your computer with the removable media inserted and the respective boot entries should appear.
Qemu virtual machines
When using virtual machines, you can pass the image like this:
-cdrom /path/to/chimera.iso -boot d
If you wish to use a serial terminal, you might have to do some additional setup, depending on the configuration.
In a lot of cases, the kernel will output to serial console
automatically, without doing anything. This is especially the
case if you don’t have a graphical output. However, if you do
not get kernel output on your serial terminal (i.e. if the
bootloader does appear but the kernel messages do not) you
will have to enable it manually, with the
x86_64 setups, this will be
On most POWER setups,
console=hvc0 is what you want. On some
other POWER systems this might be
AArch64 and RISC-V systems vary. Refer to the documentation for your
system. Examples include
The Chimera live images are set up to automatically enable a
login prompt (
getty) for all consoles the kernel outputs to.
Picking the boot option
Console images come with two boot options, regular boot and RAM boot. The latter results in the whole system being copied to system RAM, while the former will create a writable overlay over a read-only mount.
The RAM option requires a large amount of memory. Unless you are sure, you should be using the regular option. The benefit of the RAM option is that the system will run faster, and especially for optical media, will not result in accesses to the media.
Desktop images additionally let you pick between Wayland and X11. The default option is Wayland. If that is causing problems for you, you can try the X11 option, but in most cases Wayland is recommended.
Once this is set up properly, you will be presented with a login prompt on console images. Graphical boots bring you directly to desktop without having to log in.
You will want to use
root as the user name (depending
on if you want a superuser) with the password
chimera. If you
log in with
anon, use the
doas utility to gain superuser