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1# Obtaining DragonFly for your system
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f0fa9313 5## Images
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4960f6c0 7DragonFly images are 'live', meaning these images on whatever media will boot your system and let you log in as `root` (no password). You can use this feature to check for hardware compatibility and play with DragonFly a little before actually installing it on your hard drive. The CD includes an installer that can be run at the console. To activate the installer, boot and login as `installer`.
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d7c24498 9If you use the DVD, you can login as `root` and start a GUI with *startx*. If you use a USB .img file, it needs to be copied to a USB key directly. Use *dd* on unix-like systems, or [a similar program](http://www.chrysocome.net/dd) on Windows. You could also try [Image Writer for Windows](http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/files/).
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040d9fd3 11Be sure to check the [[release notes|release34]].
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784271c0 13**x86_64:** [CD](http://mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org/iso-images/dfly-x86_64-3.4.3_REL.iso.bz2) | [USB](http://mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org/iso-images/dfly-x86_64-3.4.3_REL.img.bz2)| [GUI ISO](http://mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org/iso-images/dfly-x86_64-gui-3.4.3_REL.iso.bz2) | [GUI USB](http://mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org/iso-images/dfly-x86_64-gui-3.4.3_REL.img.bz2)
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c36ecb46 15The i386 architecture has significant limitations compared to x86_64. These images are only recommended for use with legacy computers incapable of running 64-bit software
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784271c0 17**i386:** [CD](http://mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org/iso-images/dfly-i386-3.4.3_REL.iso.bz2) | [USB](http://mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org/iso-images/dfly-i386-3.4.3_REL.img.bz2) | [GUI ISO](http://mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org/iso-images/dfly-i386-gui-3.4.3_REL.iso.bz2) | [GUI USB](http://mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org/iso-images/dfly-i386-gui-3.4.3_REL.img.bz2)
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040d9fd3 19Daily **SNAPSHOT**: [here](http://mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org/snapshots/) Snapshots use the new packaging system 'dports'.
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98cff50c 21Here is a list of [[**worldwide mirrors**|/mirrors]] offering DragonFly ISO images. *Please use an appropriate mirror for best results!*
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be224c9d 23### Legacy Releases
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9d16949a 25To limit disk space requirements all mirrors carry only the ISO images/packages of the current and the last release. ISO images of older releases are available [here](http://island.quantumachine.net/archive/).
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5f0407b6 27## Binary pkgsrc packages
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5dc31e3a 29We offer a reasonable number of binary pkgsrc packages for every stable release of DragonFly. Look at the [[list|mirrors]] of worldwide mirrors to find a mirror near you carrying binary packages. See the [[pkgsrc page|docs/howtos/HowToPkgsrc/]] how to install these packages.
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5dc31e3a 31Pkgsrc sources can now be obtained via git instead of CVS, and we recommend that our git mirror be used instead of loading down NetBSD's CVS servers. The pkgsrc git uri which mirrors the NetBSD pkgsrc cvs repo is: `git://git.dragonflybsd.org/pkgsrcv2.git`
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33To obtain the pkgsrc tree via git:
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35 # cd /usr
36 # make pkgsrc-create
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fa19c25e 38Beware of <a href="http://leaf.dragonflybsd.org/mailarchive/users/2010-09/msg00197.html">pkgsrc git repository change</a>, with release 2.6.3 you will need to update the address in the Makefile:
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40 # cd /usr
41 # chmod u+w Makefile
42 # perl -i -ne 's/pkgsrc\.git/pkgsrcv2.git/;print' Makefile
43 # chmod u-w Makefile
44 # make pkgsrc-create
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1c758cf2 47## Obtaining source via git
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6286d3d4 49Since DragonFly 2.1 the source repository is maintained with git instead of CVS. To clone the sources using git:
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51 # cd /usr
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54This will fetch all sources for you from a fast mirror. If the <i>git-clone</i> command is not available update your Makefile to a recent version. If you do not have git installed, install it from `pkgsrc/devel/scmgit`. See [development(7)](http://leaf.dragonflybsd.org/cgi/web-man?command=development&section=ANY") for further instructions how to work with the repository.
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a3b7bc10 56If you wish to check out the source repository manually, you can use
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58 # git clone git://git.dragonflybsd.org/dragonfly.git dragonfly
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8380097c 60All release CDs and images also contain a base git repo for pkgsrc and a populated /usr/pkg containing the git tools and may be used to bootstrap pkgsrc support in your system if you desire.
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fd60e283 62## Browsing source via web interface
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64The DragonFly source can be browsed via the [gitweb](http://gitweb.dragonflybsd.org/dragonfly.git) web interface.
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66## DragonFly Releases
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2f47390b 68Releases occur approximately twice a year. DragonFly release branches **only contain bug and security fixes** and are designed for people running production systems who don't want any surprises. Brand-new features often discussed on the mailing lists are typically not in release branches.
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2f47390b 70DragonFly systems based on releases are labeled RELEASE, for example, you might be running **DragonFly X.Y.Z-RELEASE**. If you run a daily snapshot or track *git master*, you'll see **X.Y.Z-DEVELOPMENT** as your system version.
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72## Commercial Sites
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6e176d81 74A number of commercial sites selling DragonFly related material is [[here|commercial]].