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 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 p8/branch.
The rescue image contains console tools for handling and fixing up all of the popular and some less widely known filesystems as well as to perform data recovery, hardware and networking diagnostics, security incident investigation; sometimes it is the most recent versions of kernel, drivers and utilities that are really in need.
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, Moscow time) but we can release updated ones manually as often as daily.
NB: these lead to fairly large files themselves (see estimation); see the tested/ directory if you'd like to browse things.
There's also a mirror at Yandex.
Note the tips on suitable utilities to write the hybrid ISO image to bootable media; please do not use UNetbootin, Rufus, or UltraISO as those will cripple the result unfortunately.
- Cinnamon: i586, x86_64 (medium)
- KDE5: i586, x86_64 (large)
- MATE: i586, x86_64 (medium)
- Xfce: i586, x86_64 (medium)
- Enlightenment: i586, x86_64 (medium)
- Gnome3: i586, x86_64 (large)
- IceWM: i586, x86_64 (medium)
- LXDE: i586, x86_64 (medium)
- LXQt: i586, x86_64 (medium)
The technology behind these images is aimed at making derivatives easy while requiring the very minimal specification of the difference added.
- E19, E18 and E17 images available in archive
- gnustep, icewm, wmaker flavours use sysvinit