GoLinux goes up… to version 1.02

Debian new version of the Linux launcher for Elesar’s Titanium.

Elesar Ltd, the company behind the Titanium motherboard, has released a new version of GoLinux, an app originally released in April, and designed to allow users to launch Linux from the RISC OS desktop.

The motherboard itself is available directly from Elesar1 with either RISC OS or Linux pre-installed; in the case of RISC OS, it is on the system’s QSPI boot flash, and in the case of Linux, that same boot flash is instead programmed to load Linux from an SD card. Ordinarily, this would mean that a Titanium-based system is either a RISC OS one, or it is a Linux one; the only way to change which operating system is in use would be to make changes that would be less than convenient.

GoLinux [zip] solves this problem, and allows you to effectively turn your RISC OS Titanium into a computer capable of running the two operating systems; you simply power up to run RISC OS as normal, and should you want to run Linux  you do so by then running the GoLinux application; Debian (Jessie)2 is then launched and replaces RISC OS as the running operating system.

Linux itself is then booted from an SD card, just like it would be if you had the Linux-flavour Titanium board – and a suitable SD card is available to buy – or braver souls can create their own.

With version 1.02 of GoLinux, the sound system is set to the state that Linux expects to find it, rather than remaining how it was set up under RISC OS. Previously, the RISC OS settings were preserved, which resulted in there being no sound under Linux.


  1. If you’d prefer buying a complete computer, rather than buying the motherboard and building your own computer around it, Titanium-based machines are available from both R-Comp and CJE Micro’s.
  2. For those wondering why it’s often written as Debian (Jessie), Debian is the name of the Linux-based operating system, and Jessie is the ‘code name’ for all 8.x versions so far.

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