DragonFly BSD


Obtaining DragonFly for your system

CD Images

DragonFly CDs are 'live', meaning these CDs 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. Make sure you read the README file for more information. To activate the installer, boot the CD and login as 'installer'. If you use the DVD, you can login as root and start a GUI with 'startx'.

Here is a list of worldwide mirrors offering DragonFly ISO images. Please use an appropriate mirror for best results!

Binary pkgsrc packages

We offer a reasonable number of binary pkgsrc packages for every stable release of DragonFly. Look at the list of worldwide mirrors to find a mirror near you carrying binary packages. See the man page of pkg_radd(1) how to install these packages.

Obtaining source via git

Since DragonFly 2.1 the source repository is maintained with git instead of CVS. To clone the sources using git:

# cd /usr
# make git-clone

This will fetch all sources for you from a fast mirror. If the git-clone 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.

DragonFly Releases

Releases 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.

DragonFly 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.

Commercial Sites

A number of commercial sites selling DragonFly related material is here.