Sunday May 04, 2008

2008.05: More ways to get it

As I did for the preview releases, I'll collect links to mirror sites here. These will also get links on the various download pages out there.

Bart and I just finished updating the package repository with the new packages we'd received the past few weeks, and that means 2008.05 is out the door. (Thanks to everybody who tried the release candidate, filed a bug, shuffled a package, wrote or proofread a document, or just spent energy anticipating the bits.) You can get the ISO image, suitable for burning to a 700 MiB CD or immediate use in virtual environment, directly from the following locations:

Reading the logs, and talking with some of our mirror sites, we know we all served out a lot of downloads for the previews; if you're interested in being a mirror, please let me know. (2008.05 remains completely redistributable.) We're using a bigger download complex this time, but every mirror helps.

If you already downloaded and installed Preview 2, it's more complete, easier, and probably faster to update directly using image packaging: see the update guidelines. These instructions involve a small script to safely update a clone of your installed system, and then switch to that on a system reboot. (If you were running Preview 1, you should update that to Preview 2, and then go on to 2008.05.)

Update 1: My thanks to Tobias Lundquist, who's once again mirrored via FTP and HTTP (Internet 2) in Sweden.

Update 2: My thanks to Luca, who's put up an HTTP mirror in Romania.

Update 3: Simon Valiquette has put up an HTTP mirror (Internet 2) at the Université de Sherbrooke in Québec, Canada. Merci, Simon.

Update 4: Bart Muijzer has arranged for mirrors by the Netherlands Unix Users Group (NLUUG) and surfnet.nl. Thanks, Bart.

These links are for the gzipped CD image, which contains the 12 "primary languages". It installs quite a bit faster, particularly on systems with slower CPUs. There is also an LZMA-compressed image, which has localization support for 42 languages, including those primary ones. It's available from dlc.sun.com, genunix.org, ftp.df.lth.se, mirrors.xservers.ro, and as a torrent. (Consult the language lists for specifics.)

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