DragonFly BSD


Obtaining DragonFly 1.6.x for your system

1.6.0 ISO Images for CDs

DragonFly CDs are 'live', which means that the CD 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, or (experimentally) via a web browser. Make sure you read the README file for more information. To activate the installer, boot the CD and login as 'installer'.

The installer has a Netboot server option. You can boot the CD on one machine, enable the feature via the installer, and then PXEBoot other systems and do a network based install. System operators should be aware that running the netboot server hardwires a 10.1.0.X network and runs a DHCP server which might interfere with other DHCP servers on your LAN.

See the 'Download Site' list below for a list of download locations.

The MD5 for the release is:
MD5 (dfly-1.6.0_REL.iso.gz) = ebbcc2f4af5f7ee1e5a4cbf6f3f75bf8

1.6.x Release Errata

DragonFly releases are meant to be stable, dependable entities. We backport compatible bug fixes from current development into release branches but we do not generally backport new features. The release CD is always a '.0', e.g. 1.6.0. The most common way to track a release is to use cvsup to track the release sources and then build and install a new world and kernel to keep your system updated.

We do not always get every last little fix into a release. Please be sure to read the errata page for the release CD!

Version Date Comments
1.6.0 24-Jul-2006 RELEASE CD Errata

1.6.x Release Sites

Organization Mirrored Data Access methods
Chlamydia.fs.ei.tum.de (Germany) 1.6.0_REL image HTTP FTP
TheShell.com 1.6.0_REL image HTTP FTP
Dragonflybsd.org (USA) 1.6.0_REL image FTP (try to find another site first)

Release Notes for DragonFly 1.6.0

1.6 is our fourth major DragonFly release. DragonFly's policy is to only commit bug fixes to release branches.

The biggest user-visible changes in this release are a new random number generator, a massive reorganization of the 802.11 (wireless) framework, and extensive bug fixes in the kernel. We also made significant progress in pushing the big giant lock inward and made extensive modifications to the kernel infrastructure with an eye towards DragonFly's main clustering and userland VFS goals. We consider 1.6 to be more stable then 1.4.