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1# Obtaining DragonFly for your system
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f0fa9313 5## Images
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f0fa9313 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 includes an installer that can be run at the console. Make sure you read the [README](http://gitweb.dragonflybsd.org/dragonfly.git/blob/HEAD:/nrelease/root/README") file for more information. To activate the installer, boot and login as 'installer'.
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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.
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dd4474c9 11* **Current RELEASE — [[2.6.3|/release26/]]**:
53420bf1 12 * **i386**:
dd4474c9 13<a href="http://mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org/iso-images/dfly-i386-2.6.3_REL.iso.bz2">CD</a>
14<a href="http://mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org/iso-images/dfly-i386-2.6.3_REL.img.bz2">USB</a>
53420bf1 15 * **x86_64**:
dd4474c9 16<a href="http://mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org/iso-images/dfly-x86_64-2.6.3_REL.iso.bz2">CD</a>
17<a href="http://mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org/iso-images/dfly-x86_64-2.6.3_REL.img.bz2">USB</a>
fc149f9a 18* Daily **SNAPSHOT**: <a href="http://mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org/snapshots/">here</a>.
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98cff50c 20Here is a list of [[**worldwide mirrors**|/mirrors]] offering DragonFly ISO images. *Please use an appropriate mirror for best results!*
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22## Binary pkgsrc packages
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24We 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 man page of [pkg_radd(1)](http://leaf.dragonflybsd.org/cgi/web-man?command=pkg_radd&section=ANY) how to install these packages.
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8380097c 26Pkgsrc 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
27CVS servers. To obtain the pkgsrc tree via git:
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29 # cd /usr
30 # make pkgsrc-create
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1c758cf2 32## Obtaining source via git
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6286d3d4 34Since DragonFly 2.1 the source repository is maintained with git instead of CVS. To clone the sources using git:
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36 # cd /usr
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39This 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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8380097c 41All 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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43## DragonFly Releases
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2f47390b 45Releases 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 47DragonFly 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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49## Commercial Sites
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6e176d81 51A number of commercial sites selling DragonFly related material is [[here|commercial]].