From ALT Linux Wiki
These are not the fully fledged properly tailored distributions but rather targeted technology demos that can happen to be useful either (the release manager's current laptop is installed using one of those -- did I mention these are installable LiveCDs?).
Please note that regular images are built using the unstable development repository (think debian testing) so if you want to install ALT Linux really do consider images which are built and updated using stable branches:
- the official distributions should fit the best, but
- there are also starterkits which are essentially regular image counterparts built using p7/branch.
NB: if an image looks broken check the hash against MD5SUM/SHA1SUM files. This can happen if your download manager gets the file in chunks or has to resume the interrupted download and the "latest" symlink changes during that (which should not happen more than once a day). The images under snapshots/ directory aren't symlinks but are the files themselves so if this is an issue you might want to choose and download one of those. The other way to fix a corrupted download is to use rsync against nightly.altlinux.org::nightly prefix.
There are multiple sets of DE/architecture specific builds (see also dedicated rescue page); note that the manually verified ones are linked from tested directory while current contains automatically updated symlinks.
If you encounter any problems with a current image it might make sense to look whether the "a bit more official" tested one behaves better (thank you for still dropping us a note that the latest isn't greatest in your particular case).
The images are autobuilt weekly (on Wednesdays) but we can release updated ones manually as often as daily.
Please note: the links lead to fairly large files themselves, use current/tested links above if you'd like to browse things!
- KDE4: i586, x86_64 (~1.3 Gb)
- MATE: i586, x86_64 (~600 Mb)
- Xfce: i586, x86_64 (~450 Mb)
- Cinnamon: i586, x86_64 (~650 Mb)
- Gnome3: i586, x86_64 (~800 Mb)
- E18: i586, x86_64 (~500Mb)
- TDE: i586, x86_64 (~600Mb)
- LXDE: i586, x86_64 (~450 Мб)
- GNUstep: i586, x86_64 (~500 Мб)
- IceWM: i586, x86_64 (~350 Mb)
- Razor-qt: i586, x86_64 (~500 Mb)
- WindowMaker: i586, x86_64 (~350 Mb)
NB: there's also a mirror at Yandex.
You're welcome to subscribe to our mailing list to discuss anything related to these images. The bugs (unless already known) should be filed against specific products, namely Regular (for image bugs) and Sisyphus (for package bugs).
The technology behind these images is aimed at making derivatives easy while requiring the very minimal specification of the difference added.