Starting tuxtrans


Starting the tuxtrans Live system

Insert your tuxtrans DVD or USB and boot your PC. Many systems will recognize a boot medium and start from it.

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) has a firmware validation process, called secure boot, which is defined in Chapter 27 of the UEFI 2.3.1 specification. Secure boot prevents “unauthorized” operating systems and software from loading during the startup process; many linux distributions and live media do not yet support secure boot and are regarded as “unauthorized” operating systems by the firmware validation. Please refer to this article on Ubuntu and UEFI, or consult this page on Windows 10, or this on how to install Linux on UEFI pcs. tuxtrans 18.04 is build on Xubuntu 18.04 and should be UEFI enabled, though it could be necessary to try out the different startup options in your UEFI-BIOS.

On some systems you need to tell the pc that you want to boot from the CD or USB drive: you may need to press a certain function key after the startup screen appears (F12, F9, F8 or others) to enter the boot selection menu, or you need to adapt the boot priorities in your BIOS setup, telling the system e.g. that it should try to boot first from the cdrom, then from the USB and if there are no bootable mediums in these drives, from the harddisk. On some systems you need to press ENTER or ESC at the beginning of the boot process.

livecd start screen

You will see the grub startup screen of the live system. On most systems you can choose "Boot Live system" and tuxtrans will start as a live system from USB or CD. On older systems or on pcs with particular graphic hardware (monitor and graphics card) you may need to choose "Boot Live in safe graphics mode" for the safe graphics mode. You may also choose to directly install the system onto your harddrive by selecting "System installer", this will be dealt with in the install page.

choose keyboard screen

The systems starts. It will log in as user tuxtrans, you need to enter the password "tuxtrans" which is also the administrator password, and the XFCE graphical desktop starts.

Xubuntu desktop

See also the slides prepared for a workshop on how to start tuxtrans in Italian: wstuxtrans-live.pdf 1200k.

You are ready to go: try all the translation specific applications by clicking on the Applications Menu on the top left or by right-clicking on the desktop, do office work, surf the internet, send emails, etc.

See our tuxtrans shortcut keys for navigating the tuxtrans desktop.

Please bear in mind that working from the DVD or USB drive is considerably slower than an installed system, the same holds true for virtual environments such as Virtualbox.