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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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1ec04f9b 9If you use a GUI DVD, you can login as `root` and start a GUI with *startx*. Note that there is no GUI release for 3.8. You will need to install Xorg directly. 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]( on Windows. You could also try [Image Writer for Windows](
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cf270f84 11Be sure to check the [[release notes|release38]].
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c02cee3e 13**x86_64:** [CD]( | [USB](
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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
c02cee3e 17**i386:** [CD]( | [USB](
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040d9fd3 19Daily **SNAPSHOT**: [here]( 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
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](
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1c758cf2 27## Obtaining source via git
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6286d3d4 29Since DragonFly 2.1 the source repository is maintained with git instead of CVS. To clone the sources using git:
31 # cd /usr
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34This 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)](") for further instructions how to work with the repository.
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a3b7bc10 36If you wish to check out the source repository manually, you can use
38 # git clone git:// dragonfly
8380097c 40All 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.
fd60e283 42## Browsing source via web interface
44The DragonFly source can be browsed via the [gitweb]( web interface.
46## DragonFly Releases
2f47390b 48Releases 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 50DragonFly 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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52## Commercial Sites
6e176d81 54A number of commercial sites selling DragonFly related material is [[here|commercial]].