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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 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<ref>except Engineering which carries LibreOffice too</ref>.
  
'''Quarterly releases''' are expected to happen on March, June, September, December 12 with [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/beta/ beta] available on 5th day of those months.
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Each starterkit as a whole is available under '''[http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/license.all.html GPL]'''.
  
The seventh p8-based release has happened on September 12, 2017 (available at [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/ nightly.altlinux.org]) and is based on 4.4.86 <tt>std-def</tt> kernel (some flavours vary as ''indicated'' below).
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'''Quarterly releases''' are expected to happen on March, June, September, December 12 with [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/beta/ beta] available on 5th day of those months.
  
The images are published as [http://ftp.altlinux.org/pub/distributions/ALTLinux/p8/images/starterkits/ official releases] upon having received wider testing.
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The September 12, 2019 p9-based release (available at [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/ nightly.altlinux.org]) is based on 4.19.69 <tt>std-def</tt> kernel (some flavours vary as ''indicated'' below).
  
''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 images are published as [http://ftp.altlinux.org/pub/distributions/ALTLinux/p9/images/starterkits/ official releases] upon having received wider testing.
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''The previous series are available too: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/ p8/branch], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p7/release/ p7/branch]); note that these are considered archived by now.''
  
 
<div id="flavours"></div>
 
<div id="flavours"></div>
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== Flavours ==
 
== Flavours ==
  
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* rescue image;
 
* rescue image;
 
* installable LiveCDs with various DE/WMs;
 
* installable LiveCDs with various DE/WMs;
* classic installers (TDE, Xfce, server ones and JeOS<ref>Just Enough Operating System: minimalistic image with networking and package management capabilities</ref> "blank");
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* classic installers (Xfce, 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);
* a cloud-geared KVM image for OpenStack<ref>and probably more as it carries <tt>cloud-init</tt></ref>;
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* a cloud-geared KVM images for OpenStack<ref>and probably more as it carries <tt>cloud-init</tt></ref> and OpenNebula;
 
* [[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.
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Images have been built for i586, x86_64, aarch64, armh, mipsel, e2k and e2kv4 architectures<ref>e2k* ones being available on request to mike@altlinux.org</ref>.  All of the 64-bit x86 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/p8/release/MD5SUMS MD5SUMS]. It's possible to fix a misdownloaded image using {{cmd|rsync}} and {{path|nightly.altlinux.org::nightly/p8/}} prefix.
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If an image looks broken '''verify''' its checksum against [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/MD5SUMS MD5SUMS]. It's possible to fix a misdownloaded image using {{cmd|rsync}} and {{path|nightly.altlinux.org::nightly/p9/}} prefix.
  
 
These images also get tested in VMs with 1 Gb RAM and 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 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.
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ISOs boot in English by default<ref>except Engineering which boots in Russian by default as chosen by its author</ref>.  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 <tt>"lang=vi_VN"</tt>, <tt>"lang=ko_KR"</tt> or <tt>"lang=zh_CN"</tt> to kernel boot parameters manually and start <tt>ibus-setup</tt> upon having booted to the desktop.
 
Note that there's experimental support for Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese Input Methods in Cinnamon and LXDE flavours as of 20150912; add <tt>"lang=vi_VN"</tt>, <tt>"lang=ko_KR"</tt> or <tt>"lang=zh_CN"</tt> to kernel boot parameters manually and start <tt>ibus-setup</tt> upon having booted to the desktop.
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== Direct download links ==
 
== Direct download links ==
'''Please note:''' the links lead to '''fairly large files'''<ref>approximate size is: under half a gigabyte/medium/over gigabyte</ref>; you can [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/ browse the directory] too, and here's a '''[http://mirror.yandex.ru/altlinux-starterkits/release/ mirror]''' when the main site is too busy.  If you need to link to those, please use [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/permalink/ permalinks].
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'''Please note:''' the links lead to '''fairly large files'''<ref>approximate size is: under half a gigabyte/medium/over gigabyte</ref>; you can [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/ browse the directory] too, and here's a '''[http://mirror.yandex.ru/altlinux-starterkits/release/ mirror]''' when the main site is too busy.  If you need to link to those, please use [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/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/p8/release/alt-p8-rescue-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-rescue-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(small)</small> ''4.9.47''
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* [[Rescue]]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-rescue-20190912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-rescue-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(small)</small> ''5.2.11''
  
 
<div id="livecd"></div>
 
<div id="livecd"></div>
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<div id="main"></div>
 
<div id="main"></div>
 
==== main ====
 
==== main ====
* Gnome3: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-gnome3-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-gnome3-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(large)</small> ''4.9.47''
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* Cinnamon: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-cinnamon-20190912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-cinnamon-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
* [https://community.kde.org/Plasma/LiveImages KDE5]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-kde5-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-kde5-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(large)</small>
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* [https://community.kde.org/Plasma/LiveImages KDE5]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-kde5-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(large)</small>
* [http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/download MATE]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-mate-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-mate-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
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* [http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/download MATE]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-mate-20190912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-mate-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
* Xfce: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-xfce-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-xfce-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
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* Xfce: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-xfce-20190912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-xfce-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small> ''5.2.11''
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* Xfce/SysV: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-xfce-sysv-20190912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-xfce-sysv-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
  
 
<div id="auxiliary"></div>
 
<div id="auxiliary"></div>
 
==== auxiliary ====
 
==== auxiliary ====
* Cinnamon: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-cinnamon-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-cinnamon-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
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* [https://phab.enlightenment.org/w/livecd/ Enlightenment]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-enlightenment-20190912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-enlightenment-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
* [https://phab.enlightenment.org/w/livecd/ Enlightenment]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-enlightenment-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-enlightenment-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
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* GNOME: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-gnome3-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(large)</small> ''5.2.11''
* [https://community.kde.org/Plasma/LiveImages KDE4]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-kde4-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-kde4-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(large)</small>
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* [http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Comparison_between_LXDE_and_Xfce LXDE]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-lxde-20190912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-lxde-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
* [http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Comparison_between_LXDE_and_Xfce LXDE]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-lxde-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-lxde-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
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* LXQt: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-lxqt-20190912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-lxqt-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
  
 
<div id="experimental"></div>
 
<div id="experimental"></div>
 
==== experimental ====
 
==== experimental ====
* [[Starterkits/gnustep|GNUstep]]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-gnustep-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-gnustep-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
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* [[Starterkits/gnustep|GNUstep]]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-gnustep-20190912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-gnustep-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
* IceWM: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-icewm-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-icewm-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small> ''4.9.47''
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* IceWM: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-icewm-20190912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-icewm-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small> ''5.2.11''
* LXQt: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-lxqt-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-lxqt-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
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<!-- * [http://www.trinitydesktop.org/wiki/bin/view/Documentation/LiveCDs TDE]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-tde-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-tde-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>-->
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<div id="beta"></div>
* WindowMaker: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-wmaker-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-wmaker-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(small)</small>
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==== beta ====
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* '''LXDE/Engineering''': [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-engineering-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(large)</small>
  
 
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<div id="installer"></div>
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These builds mostly use the classic SysV init.  All of the images but jeos include basic rescue facility and support RAID/LVM installation.
 
These builds mostly use the classic SysV init.  All of the images but jeos include basic rescue facility and support RAID/LVM installation.
 
<div id="desktop"></div>
 
==== desktop ====
 
* TDE: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-sysv-tde-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-sysv-tde-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(large)</small>
 
* Xfce: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-sysv-xfce-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-sysv-xfce-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
 
  
 
<div id="server"></div><div id="hyperv"></div>
 
<div id="server"></div><div id="hyperv"></div>
 
==== server ====
 
==== server ====
* base: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-server-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-server-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
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* base: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-server-20190912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-server-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small>
* OpenStack: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-server-openstack-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-server-openstack-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small> ''systemd''
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* PVE: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-server-pve-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small> ''systemd''
* PVE: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-server-pve-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small> ''systemd''
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<!--* OpenVZ: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-server-ovz-20190912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-server-ovz-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small> ''4.4.13+2.6.32/042stab116.1'' // use p7 one ATM -->
<!--* OpenVZ: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-server-ovz-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-server-ovz-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(medium)</small> ''4.4.13+2.6.32/042stab116.1'' // use p7 one ATM -->
 
 
<!--
 
<!--
 
==== for hyper-v ====
 
==== for hyper-v ====
* base: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-server-hyperv-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(small)</small> ''4.9.13'' // merged into plain one -->
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* base: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-server-hyperv-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(small)</small> ''4.9.13'' // merged into plain one -->
  
 
<div id="jeos"></div>
 
<div id="jeos"></div>
 
==== blank ====
 
==== blank ====
* JeOS: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-jeos-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-jeos-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(small)</small>
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* JeOS: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-jeos-20190912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-jeos-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(small)</small>
  
 
<div id="ovz"></div>
 
<div id="ovz"></div>
 
=== OpenVZ template ===
 
=== OpenVZ template ===
* base: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-ovz-generic-20170912-i586.tar.xz i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-ovz-generic-20170912-x86_64.tar.xz x86_64] <small>(~39 Mb)</small> ''--''
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* base: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-ovz-generic-20190912-i586.tar.xz i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-ovz-generic-20190912-x86_64.tar.xz x86_64] <small>(~40 Mb)</small> ''--''
  
 
<div id="vm"></div>
 
<div id="vm"></div>
 
=== KVM disk images ===
 
=== KVM disk images ===
<!-- * base: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-vm-net-20170912-i586.img.xz i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-vm-net-20170912-x86_64.img.xz x86_64] <small>(~72 Mb)</small> -->
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<!-- * base: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-vm-net-20190912-i586.img.xz i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-vm-net-20190912-x86_64.img.xz x86_64] <small>(~72 Mb)</small> -->
* cloud: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-cloud-20170912-i586.img.xz i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-cloud-20170912-x86_64.img.xz x86_64] <small>(~90 Mb)</small>
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* cloud: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-cloud-20190912-x86_64.img.xz x86_64] <small>(~100 Mb)</small>
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* opennebula: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-opennebula-20190912-x86_64.qcow2c x86_64] <small>(~200 Mb)</small>
  
 
<div id="builder"></div>
 
<div id="builder"></div>
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=== Build environment ===
 
=== Build environment ===
  
* [[Starterkits/builder|base]]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-builder-20170912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/release/alt-p8-builder-20170912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(small)</small>
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* [[Starterkits/builder|base]]: [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-builder-20190912-i586.iso i586], [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p9/release/alt-p9-builder-20190912-x86_64.iso x86_64] <small>(small)</small>
  
 
<div id="torrents"></div>
 
<div id="torrents"></div>
  
 
== Torrents ==
 
== Torrents ==
Use [http://torrent.altlinux.org/gettorrent.php?info_hash=12968c3de7037a8319047f7fd2e857c481c5d5b3 this torrent file] for 20170612 release, or [http://torrent.altlinux.org/gettorrent.php?info_hash=e43ab0eb1baae4ea07188eee6b8ba77680bcd353 this one] for 20160312 (the last p7-based release).
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=== p9 ===
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Use these torrent files for 20190912 release (more info on non-x86 builds available within [[:ru:Starterkits|Russian page]]):
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* '''[http://torrent.altlinux.org/gettorrent.php?info_hash=039e61fddcb9bafaeea48c9aed1ff451ce949ec9 x86_64, i586]'''
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* [http://torrent.altlinux.org/gettorrent.php?info_hash=f0daf42a89089556203989560ec247704fea61e5 aarch64]
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* [http://torrent.altlinux.org/gettorrent.php?info_hash=805219d6114cfb5191e3ff23f508201d4f1f1cc0 armh]
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* [http://torrent.altlinux.org/gettorrent.php?info_hash=29b06fcce180f0eaa20569aa5c4c7dfbbadb23c8 mipsel]
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=== archived versions ===
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* [http://torrent.altlinux.org/gettorrent.php?info_hash=7bab6bb2dbf12210e591f3883d20f95bab7f7fb1 20190312] (the last p8-based release)
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* [http://torrent.altlinux.org/gettorrent.php?info_hash=e43ab0eb1baae4ea07188eee6b8ba77680bcd353 20160312] (the last p7-based release)
  
 
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== Status ==
 
== Status ==
Please see [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/ChangeLog ChangeLog] and [http://nightly.altlinux.org/p8/BUGS BUGS] files for current information.
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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%20p8 Branch p8] (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%20p9 Branch p9] (for package bugs).
  
 
== Tech note ==
 
== Tech note ==

Latest revision as of 19:03, 12 September 2019

Screenshots

Intro

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

Starter kits are built with ALT stable repository as the 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[2].

Each starterkit as a whole is available under GPL.

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

The September 12, 2019 p9-based release (available at nightly.altlinux.org) is based on 4.19.69 std-def kernel (some flavours vary as indicated below).

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

The previous series are available too: p8/branch, p7/branch); note that these are considered archived by now.

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 (Xfce, server ones and JeOS[3] "blank");
  • OpenVZ template cache (tarball of chroot w/o kernel);
  • a cloud-geared KVM images for OpenStack[4] and OpenNebula;
  • build environment LiveCD.

Images have been built for i586, x86_64, aarch64, armh, mipsel, e2k and e2kv4 architectures[5]. All of the 64-bit x86 hybrid bootable ISO images but jeos include UEFI support and should boot with SecureBoot left enabled[6]. 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/p9/ prefix.

These images also get tested in VMs with 1 Gb RAM and 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[7]. 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[8]; you can browse the directory too, and here's a mirror when the main site is too busy. 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[9].

main

auxiliary

experimental

beta

  • LXDE/Engineering: x86_64 (large)

Classic installers

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

server

blank

OpenVZ template

KVM disk images

Build environment

Torrents

p9

Use these torrent files for 20190912 release (more info on non-x86 builds available within Russian page):

archived versions

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 p9 (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. except Engineering which carries LibreOffice too
  3. Just Enough Operating System: minimalistic image with networking and package management capabilities
  4. and probably more as it carries cloud-init
  5. e2k* ones being available on request to mike@altlinux.org
  6. the notable exception being Hyper-V Gen.2 VMs which seem to lack the key for "3rd party" bootloaders
  7. except Engineering which boots in Russian by default as chosen by its author
  8. approximate size is: under half a gigabyte/medium/over gigabyte
  9. ...thus polkit doesn't really work there and additional tweaking is required if e.g. NetworkManager is needed