DragonFly BSD


Obtaining DragonFly 1.4.x for your system

1.4.4 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'.

As of this release 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-1.4.0_REL.iso.gz) = 5dc706f0dc57d691a8291f44cd19998c
MD5 (dfly-1.4.4_REL.iso.gz) = dcc9c9670144d6afa7982b528544ea71

1.4.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. 1.4.0. 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
1.4.4 23-Apr-2006 RELEASE CD Errata

1.4.x Release Sites

Organization Mirrored Data Access methods
Chlamydia.fs.ei.tum.de (Germany) 1.4.4_REL image HTTP FTP
TheShell.com 1.4.4_REL image HTTP FTP TORRENT
Dragonflybsd.org (USA) 1.4.4_REL image FTP (try to find another site first)

Release Notes for DragonFly 1.4.4

1.4.4 is the fourth bug-fix sub-release in the 1.4 release branch.

Release Notes for DragonFly 1.4.0

1.4 is our third major DragonFly release. DragonFly's policy is to only commit bug fixes to release branches.

The two biggest user-visible changes in this release are (a) A major revamping of libc, ctype, and wchar support, as well as changes made in the kernel which require us to bump the major rev for all of our shared libraries, and (b) The introduction of PKGSRC to manage third party applications. DragonFly no longer supports the FreeBSD PORTS system.

A huge amount of under-the-hood work has been accomplished with this release, in particular with network device drivers and protocol stacks, journaling, and the scheduler. A phenominal amount of work has gone into stabilizing major subsystems as part of our effort to remove the big giant lock. A lot of obscure race conditions and bugs have been found and fixed. From a stability perspective we believe this is our best release to date!