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These are ''not'' complete distributions: no special docs are written for each release, the design is simple and shared by all the builds — is there any sense to paint the walls just to have them repainted by the settlers? :)
 
These are ''not'' complete distributions: no special docs are written for each release, the design is simple and shared by all the builds — is there any sense to paint the walls just to have them repainted by the settlers? :)
  
There are not too many packages included: we've decided that it's better to install LibreOffice or PostgreSQL another time than to have to download it each time.
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There are not too many packages included: we've decided that it's better to install LibreOffice another time than to have to download it each time.
  
 
'''Quarterly releases''' are expected to happen on March, June, September, December 12 with [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/beta/ beta] available on 5th day of those months.
 
'''Quarterly releases''' are expected to happen on March, June, September, December 12 with [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/beta/ beta] available on 5th day of those months.
  
The ninth of those updates has happened on March 12, 2016 (available at [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/ nightly.altlinux.org]) and is based on 3.14.64<ref>with SECCOMP_FILTER_FLAG_TSYNC backported</ref> <tt>std-def</tt> kernel (some flavours vary as ''indicated'' below).
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Nine of the previous p7/branch based updates have happened as of March 12, 2016 (available at [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/ nightly.altlinux.org]); note that these are considered archived by now.
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The second p8-based release has happened on June 12, 2016 (available at [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/ nightly.altlinux.org]) and is based on 4.4.13 <tt>std-def</tt> kernel (some flavours vary as ''indicated'' below).
  
 
The images are published as [http://ftp.altlinux.org/pub/distributions/ALTLinux/p7/images/starterkits/ official releases] upon having received wider testing.
 
The images are published as [http://ftp.altlinux.org/pub/distributions/ALTLinux/p7/images/starterkits/ official releases] upon having received wider testing.
  
 
<div id="flavours"></div>
 
<div id="flavours"></div>
 
 
== Flavours ==
 
== Flavours ==
  
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* classic installers (TDE, server ones and JeOS<ref>Just Enough Operating System: minimalistic image with networking and package management capabilities</ref> "blank");
 
* classic installers (TDE, server ones and JeOS<ref>Just Enough Operating System: minimalistic image with networking and package management capabilities</ref> "blank");
 
* OpenVZ template cache (tarball of chroot w/o kernel);
 
* OpenVZ template cache (tarball of chroot w/o kernel);
* KVM disk image<ref>5Gb sparse image that will take up a few hundred megabytes when handled appropriately</ref>;
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* base KVM disk image<ref>5Gb sparse image that will take up a few hundred megabytes when handled appropriately</ref> and a cloud-geared one for OpenStack<ref>and probably more as it carries <tt>cloud-init</tt></ref>;
 
* [[Starterkits/builder|build environment]] LiveCD.
 
* [[Starterkits/builder|build environment]] LiveCD.
  
 
Images have been built for i586 and x86_64 architectures.  All of the 64-bit hybrid bootable ISO images but jeos include UEFI support and should boot with [[UEFI SecureBoot mini-HOWTO|SecureBoot]] left enabled<ref>the notable exception being Hyper-V Gen.2 VMs which seem to lack the key for "3rd party" bootloaders</ref>.  Use {{cmd|dd(1)}} to write those to USB flash.
 
Images have been built for i586 and x86_64 architectures.  All of the 64-bit hybrid bootable ISO images but jeos include UEFI support and should boot with [[UEFI SecureBoot mini-HOWTO|SecureBoot]] left enabled<ref>the notable exception being Hyper-V Gen.2 VMs which seem to lack the key for "3rd party" bootloaders</ref>.  Use {{cmd|dd(1)}} to write those to USB flash.
  
If an image looks broken '''verify''' its checksum against [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/MD5SUMS MD5SUMS]. It's possible to fix a misdownloaded image using {{cmd|rsync}} and {{path|nightly.altlinux.org::nightly/p7/}} prefix.
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If an image looks broken '''verify''' its checksum against [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/MD5SUMS MD5SUMS]. It's possible to fix a misdownloaded image using {{cmd|rsync}} and {{path|nightly.altlinux.org::nightly/p8/}} prefix.
  
 
These images also get tested in VMs with 1 Gb RAM and 10--16 Gb of hard drive space which is good enough for any of them to perform/install (the lower threshold for the "light" flavours is around 256 Mb RAM, it can be pushed further below 128 Mb by optimizing kernel configuration for smaller systems if neccessary).
 
These images also get tested in VMs with 1 Gb RAM and 10--16 Gb of hard drive space which is good enough for any of them to perform/install (the lower threshold for the "light" flavours is around 256 Mb RAM, it can be pushed further below 128 Mb by optimizing kernel configuration for smaller systems if neccessary).
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<div id="download"></div>
 
<div id="download"></div>
 
 
== Direct download links ==
 
== Direct download links ==
'''Please note:''' the links lead to '''fairly large files'''; you can [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/ browse the directory] too, and here's a [http://mirror.yandex.ru/altlinux-starterkits/release/ mirror].  If you need to link to those, please use [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/permalink/ permalinks].
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'''Please note:''' the links lead to '''fairly large files'''; you can [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/ browse the directory] too, and here's a [http://mirror.yandex.ru/altlinux-starterkits/release/ mirror].  If you need to link to those, please use [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/permalink/ permalinks].
  
 
Note the [[write|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.
 
Note the [[write|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.
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=== Rescue LiveCD ===
 
=== Rescue LiveCD ===
 
Has command-line tools to service various filesystems, diagnose and recover system.<br>The '''most recent''' version is [[rescue|available]] weekly.
 
Has command-line tools to service various filesystems, diagnose and recover system.<br>The '''most recent''' version is [[rescue|available]] weekly.
* [[Rescue]]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-rescue-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-rescue-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~300 Mb) ''4.1.19''
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* [[Rescue]]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-rescue-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-rescue-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~350 Mb) ''4.5.7''
  
 
<div id="livecd"></div>
 
<div id="livecd"></div>
 
 
=== Installable LiveCDs ===
 
=== Installable LiveCDs ===
 
These builds mostly use systemd as init; gnustep, icewm and wmaker use sysvinit<ref>...thus polkit doesn't really work there and additional tweaking is required if e.g. {{pkg|NetworkManager}} is needed</ref>.
 
These builds mostly use systemd as init; gnustep, icewm and wmaker use sysvinit<ref>...thus polkit doesn't really work there and additional tweaking is required if e.g. {{pkg|NetworkManager}} is needed</ref>.
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<div id="main"></div>
 
<div id="main"></div>
 
==== main ====
 
==== main ====
* [https://community.kde.org/Plasma/LiveImages KDE4]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-kde4-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-kde4-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~1.3 Gb)
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* [https://community.kde.org/Plasma/LiveImages KDE4]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-kde4-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-kde4-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~1.4 Gb)
* [http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/download MATE]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-mate-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-mate-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~650 Mb)
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* [http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/download MATE]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-mate-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-mate-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~750 Mb)
* Xfce: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-xfce-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-xfce-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~550 Mb)
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* Xfce: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-xfce-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-xfce-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~600 Mb)
* Gnome3: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-gnome3-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-gnome3-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~950 Mb) ''4.1.19''
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* Gnome3: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-gnome3-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-gnome3-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~1.1 Gb) ''4.5.7''
  
 
<div id="auxiliary"></div>
 
<div id="auxiliary"></div>
 
==== auxiliary ====
 
==== auxiliary ====
* Cinnamon: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-cinnamon-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-cinnamon-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~750 Mb)
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* Cinnamon: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-cinnamon-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-cinnamon-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~800 Mb)
* [https://phab.enlightenment.org/w/livecd/ E17]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-e17-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-e17-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~550 Mb)
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* [https://phab.enlightenment.org/w/livecd/ Enlightenment]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-enlightenment-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-enlightenment-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~600 Mb)
* [http://www.trinitydesktop.org/wiki/bin/view/Documentation/LiveCDs TDE]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-tde-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-tde-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~650 Mb)
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* [https://community.kde.org/Plasma/LiveImages KDE5]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-kde5-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-kde5-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~1.2 Gb)
* [http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Comparison_between_LXDE_and_Xfce LXDE]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-lxde-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-lxde-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~500 Mb)
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* [http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Comparison_between_LXDE_and_Xfce LXDE]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-lxde-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-lxde-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~600 Mb)
  
 
<div id="experimental"></div>
 
<div id="experimental"></div>
 
==== experimental ====
 
==== experimental ====
* [[Starterkits/gnustep|GNUstep]]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-gnustep-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-gnustep-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~550 Mb)
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* [[Starterkits/gnustep|GNUstep]]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-gnustep-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-gnustep-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~600 Mb)
* IceWM: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-icewm-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-icewm-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~450 Mb) ''4.1.19''
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* IceWM: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-icewm-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-icewm-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~500 Mb) ''4.5.7''
* LXQt: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-lxqt-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-lxqt-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~550 Mb)
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* LXQt: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-lxqt-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-lxqt-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~650 Mb)
* WindowMaker: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-wmaker-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-wmaker-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~400 Mb)
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* [http://www.trinitydesktop.org/wiki/bin/view/Documentation/LiveCDs TDE]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-tde-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-tde-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~700 Mb)
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* WindowMaker: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-wmaker-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-wmaker-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~400 Mb)
  
 
<div id="installer"></div>
 
<div id="installer"></div>
 
 
=== Classic installers ===
 
=== Classic installers ===
  
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<div id="desktop"></div>
 
<div id="desktop"></div>
 
==== desktop ====
 
==== desktop ====
* TDE: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-sysv-tde-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-sysv-tde-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~800 Mb)
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* TDE: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-sysv-tde-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-sysv-tde-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~900 Mb)
  
<div id="server"></div>
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<div id="server"></div><div id="hyperv"></div>
 
==== server ====
 
==== server ====
* base: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-server-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-server-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~450 Mb)
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* base: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-server-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-server-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~650 Mb)
* OpenVZ: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-server-ovz-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-server-ovz-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~550 Mb) ''3.14.58+2.6.32/042stab112.15''
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<!--* OpenVZ: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-server-ovz-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-server-ovz-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~550 Mb) ''4.4.13+2.6.32/042stab116.1'' // use p7 one ATM -->
* SambaDC: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/beta/altlinux-p7-server-samba4-20160314-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/beta/altlinux-p7-server-samba4-20160314-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~500 Мб)
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<!-- * SambaDC: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/beta/basealt-p8-server-samba4-20160314-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/beta/basealt-p8-server-samba4-20160314-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~500 Мб) // merged into plain one -->
 
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<!--
<div id="hyperv"></div>
 
 
 
 
==== for hyper-v ====
 
==== for hyper-v ====
* base: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-server-hyperv-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (496 Mb) ''4.1.19''
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* base: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-server-hyperv-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (496 Mb) ''4.5.7'' // merged into plain one -->
  
 
<div id="jeos"></div>
 
<div id="jeos"></div>
 
==== blank ====
 
==== blank ====
* JeOS: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-jeos-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-jeos-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~175 Mb)
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* JeOS: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-jeos-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-jeos-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~235 Mb)
  
 
<div id="ovz"></div>
 
<div id="ovz"></div>
 
 
=== OpenVZ template ===
 
=== OpenVZ template ===
* base: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-ovz-generic-20160312-i586.tar.xz i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-ovz-generic-20160312-x86_64.tar.xz x86_64] (~33 Mb) ''--''
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* base: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-ovz-generic-20160612-i586.tar.xz i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-ovz-generic-20160612-x86_64.tar.xz x86_64] (~36 Mb) ''--''
  
 
<div id="vm"></div>
 
<div id="vm"></div>
=== KVM disk image ===
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=== KVM disk images ===
* base: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-vm-net-20160312-i586.img.xz i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-vm-net-20160312-x86_64.img.xz x86_64] (~61 Mb)
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* base: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-vm-net-20160612-i586.img.xz i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-vm-net-20160612-x86_64.img.xz x86_64] (~72 Mb)
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* cloud: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-cloud-20160612-i586.img.xz i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-cloud-20160612-x86_64.img.xz x86_64] (~85 Mb)
  
 
<div id="builder"></div>
 
<div id="builder"></div>
 
 
=== Build environment ===
 
=== Build environment ===
  
* [[Starterkits/builder|base]]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-builder-20160312-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/altlinux-p7-builder-20160312-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~250 Mb)
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* [[Starterkits/builder|base]]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-builder-20160612-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/basealt-p8-builder-20160612-x86_64.iso x86_64] (~300 Mb)
  
 
<div id="torrents"></div>
 
<div id="torrents"></div>
 
 
== Torrents ==
 
== Torrents ==
 
Use [http://torrent.altlinux.org/gettorrent.php?info_hash=e43ab0eb1baae4ea07188eee6b8ba77680bcd353 this torrent file] for 20160312 release.
 
Use [http://torrent.altlinux.org/gettorrent.php?info_hash=e43ab0eb1baae4ea07188eee6b8ba77680bcd353 this torrent file] for 20160312 release.
  
 
<div id="status"></div>
 
<div id="status"></div>
 
 
== Status ==
 
== Status ==
Please see [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/ChangeLog ChangeLog] and [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/BUGS BUGS] files for current information.
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Please see [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/ChangeLog ChangeLog] and [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/BUGS BUGS] files for current information.
  
 
<div id="discuss"></div>
 
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You're welcome to subscribe to our [https://lists.altlinux.org/mailman/listinfo/community-en mailing list] or join the [https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=altlinux-en IRC channel] to discuss anything related to these images.
 
You're welcome to subscribe to our [https://lists.altlinux.org/mailman/listinfo/community-en mailing list] or join the [https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=altlinux-en IRC channel] to discuss anything related to these images.
  
The bugs (unless [https://bugzilla.altlinux.org/buglist.cgi?classification=Distributions&product=Regular already known]) should be filed against specific products, namely [https://bugzilla.altlinux.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=Regular Regular] (for image bugs) and [https://bugzilla.altlinux.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=Branch%20p7 Branch p7] (for package bugs).
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The bugs (unless [https://bugzilla.altlinux.org/buglist.cgi?classification=Distributions&product=Regular already known]) should be filed against specific products, namely [https://bugzilla.altlinux.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=Regular Regular] (for image bugs) and [https://bugzilla.altlinux.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=Branch%20p8 Branch p8] (for package bugs).
  
 
== Tech note ==
 
== Tech note ==
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<div id="links"></div>
 
<div id="links"></div>
 
 
== Links ==
 
== Links ==
 
* [[Download|official releases]]
 
* [[Download|official releases]]

Revision as of 18:36, 15 June 2016

Screenshots

Intro

Starterkits Regular builds
quarterly weekly
stable current
rescue,
livecd,
installer,
server, vm
rescue,
livecd

Starter kits are built with ALT Linux stable repository as a base; these are intended for experienced users lending them a convenient way to have a look at a DE/WM they didn't get around yet to mess with, or to deploy another system spending reasonable[1] amount of time to set it up accordingly.

These are not complete distributions: no special docs are written for each release, the design is simple and shared by all the builds — is there any sense to paint the walls just to have them repainted by the settlers? :)

There are not too many packages included: we've decided that it's better to install LibreOffice another time than to have to download it each time.

Quarterly releases are expected to happen on March, June, September, December 12 with beta available on 5th day of those months.

Nine of the previous p7/branch based updates have happened as of March 12, 2016 (available at nightly.altlinux.org); note that these are considered archived by now.

The second p8-based release has happened on June 12, 2016 (available at nightly.altlinux.org) and is based on 4.4.13 std-def kernel (some flavours vary as indicated below).

The images are published as official releases upon having received wider testing.

Flavours

The range has grown wider compared to unstable-based Regular builds as we can recommend the images based on stable branch for installation.

The kits fall into these categories:

  • rescue image;
  • installable LiveCDs with various DE/WMs;
  • classic installers (TDE, server ones and JeOS[2] "blank");
  • OpenVZ template cache (tarball of chroot w/o kernel);
  • base KVM disk image[3] and a cloud-geared one for OpenStack[4];
  • build environment LiveCD.

Images have been built for i586 and x86_64 architectures. All of the 64-bit hybrid bootable ISO images but jeos include UEFI support and should boot with SecureBoot left enabled[5]. Use dd(1) to write those to USB flash.

If an image looks broken verify its checksum against MD5SUMS. It's possible to fix a misdownloaded image using rsync and nightly.altlinux.org::nightly/p8/ prefix.

These images also get tested in VMs with 1 Gb RAM and 10--16 Gb of hard drive space which is good enough for any of them to perform/install (the lower threshold for the "light" flavours is around 256 Mb RAM, it can be pushed further below 128 Mb by optimizing kernel configuration for smaller systems if neccessary).

ISOs boot in English by default. Press F2 and choose a different language of those supported as needed; Ctrl-Shift to switch layout.

Note that there's experimental support for Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese Input Methods in Cinnamon and LXDE flavours as of 20150912; add "lang=vi_VN", "lang=ko_KR" or "lang=zh_CN" to kernel boot parameters manually and start ibus-setup upon having booted to the desktop.

Direct download links

Please note: the links lead to fairly large files; you can browse the directory too, and here's a mirror. If you need to link to those, please use permalinks.

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.

Rescue LiveCD

Has command-line tools to service various filesystems, diagnose and recover system.
The most recent version is available weekly.

Installable LiveCDs

These builds mostly use systemd as init; gnustep, icewm and wmaker use sysvinit[6].

main

auxiliary

experimental

Classic installers

These builds use the classic SysV init. All of the images but jeos include basic rescue facility and support RAID/LVM installation.

desktop

server

blank

OpenVZ template

KVM disk images

Build environment

Torrents

Use this torrent file for 20160312 release.

Status

Please see ChangeLog and BUGS files for current information.

Discussion

You're welcome to subscribe to our mailing list or join the IRC channel to discuss anything related to these images.

The bugs (unless already known) should be filed against specific products, namely Regular (for image bugs) and Branch p8 (for package bugs).

Tech note

The technology behind these images is aimed at making derivatives easy while requiring the very minimal specification of the difference added; you can try it out yourself using the builder flavour.

Links

References

  1. that is, rather small
  2. Just Enough Operating System: minimalistic image with networking and package management capabilities
  3. 5Gb sparse image that will take up a few hundred megabytes when handled appropriately
  4. and probably more as it carries cloud-init
  5. the notable exception being Hyper-V Gen.2 VMs which seem to lack the key for "3rd party" bootloaders
  6. ...thus polkit doesn't really work there and additional tweaking is required if e.g. NetworkManager is needed