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1# Obtaining DragonFly for your system
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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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0eaa5b9b 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]( on Windows.
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6659b301 11* **Current RELEASE — [[2.8.2|/release28/]]**:
be224c9d 12 * i386:
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be224c9d 16 * x86_64:
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be224c9d 20* Daily **SNAPSHOT**: [here](
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98cff50c 22Here is a list of [[**worldwide mirrors**|/mirrors]] offering DragonFly ISO images. *Please use an appropriate mirror for best results!*
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be224c9d 24### Legacy Releases
26To limit disk space requirements all mirrors carry only the ISO images/packages of the current and the last release. ISO images/packages of older releases are available [here](
5f0407b6 28## Binary pkgsrc packages
5dc31e3a 30We 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 32Pkgsrc 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://`
34To obtain the pkgsrc tree via git:
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36 # cd /usr
37 # make pkgsrc-create
fa19c25e 39Beware of <a href="">pkgsrc git repository change</a>, with release 2.6.3 you will need to update the address in the Makefile:
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41 # cd /usr
42 # chmod u+w Makefile
43 # perl -i -ne 's/pkgsrc\.git/pkgsrcv2.git/;print' Makefile
44 # chmod u-w Makefile
45 # make pkgsrc-create
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1c758cf2 48## Obtaining source via git
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6286d3d4 50Since DragonFly 2.1 the source repository is maintained with git instead of CVS. To clone the sources using git:
52 # cd /usr
8380097c 53 # make src-create
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55This 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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8380097c 57All 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.
59## DragonFly Releases
2f47390b 61Releases 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 63DragonFly 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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65## Commercial Sites
6e176d81 67A number of commercial sites selling DragonFly related material is [[here|commercial]].