Current release: 2010-12-07, chameleonos-alpha1.iso 500MB
The current alpha release can be downloaded from the Unity Linux mirrors:
Please select the mirror nearest to you geographically. Browse the ISOs directory and download the file chamelonos-alpha1.iso. You will also find the MD5SUM if you want to verify your download.
Alternatively you may download the ISO from Filefront:
The ISO file is a live cd and will need burning to a CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW. I can recommend using Imgburn if you are using Windows.
Once burned, insert the CD/DVD into your PC and reboot. If your PC is not set to boot from CD/DVD before the hard drive, you will need to enter your BIOS and change the boot order so it boots from CD/DVD (or optical drive) before the internal hard drive.
Once the live CD boots you will see a screen with various boot options. Try booting with the default option first. If that doesn’t work, then try the other boot options. At the very least the safe mode boot should work on most machines. A list of possible ‘cheat codes’ for booting can be found here. There are some problems booting with nvidia graphics cards. If you encounter troubles booting, try adding vga=normal to the boot line by pressing F3 at the boot screen and then typing it in.
Once the live CD starts to boot, you will see the Plymouth boot splash and eventually you will get to a prompt asking you to enter language settings.
To login to the live desktop, click on the guest account and type the password guest. If you need root access at any point the live cd root password is root.
You can install ChameleonOS using the desktop icon on the default desktop, or by choosing the install menu entry under Tools|System Tools. The installer is a graphical installer which will guide you through the installation process and takes 5-15 minutes depending upon hardware. You may partition your hard drive prior to installation, or let the installer partition for you, or use manual partitioning from within the installer.