I've downloaded the iso file and burned it to disk, but dyne:bolic doesn't load. What's up?
Well, the iso is an "image"; it must be burned an image, not as a typical file, in order for the system to run it successfully. Many cd burner programs have a burn as image/burn as iso option.
Depending on your current OS, there are different options available to you. 'There is a very comprehensive and fairly short howto about burning an ISO image [http://www.e-smith.org/docs/howto/CD_burning_howto.php3 here].
An admittedly partial list of options:
-K3b: Select menu Tools, Write ISO Image, Image to Write | Find and select the ISO file to burn | Wait fo calculation of MD5 checksum and control it is exact | Button Start
-gcombust: Select tab burn | Check ISO 9660 Image | Button Choose image location | Find and select the ISO file to burn | Button Combust!
-cdrecord (commandline): type cdrecord -scanbus to detect your device (i.e 0,0,0) | then type something like cdrecord dev=0,0,0 speed=8 -eject dynebolic.iso . You can learn more by reading the manual: man cdrecord
-Nero: Select menu "File", "Burn image..." | Find and select the iso file to burn
-ISO Recorder: Instructions found [http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm here].
using Mac OS X:
-CD Copier: just insert the blank CD to be burned, the CD Copier application will start automatically asking the location of the ISO image file
Where not noted, instructions may be executed with the left mouse button, single click.
How do I get my computer to boot from CD?
First of all, you need an ATAPI CD-ROM. Easier than it sounds, that's in every Standard PC Box.
You then need to choose the CD as Boot-Device. With most computers you will have to enable "Boot from CD" in the BIOS. Please check your computer's instructions. Some computers will boot from CD when you keep the 'C' key pressed.
Afterwards, you simply insert the dyne:bolic CD and reboot.
Hmmmm, can I see what's in the dyne:bolic iso file?
Of course! If in Linux, you have to mount your image on your favorite device, such as a hard disk:
mount -o loop /dir/to/dynebolic/iso/dynebolic-version.iso /mounting/directory
where /dir/to/dynebolic/iso is where your iso file is saved, and /mounting/directory is where you plan to mount it. Be sure to have loopback device and ISO filesystem support enabled in kernel, in order to be able to mount an ISO filesystem.
In Windows, you need to get a program that helps you browse or extract the iso file, such as WinISO, Iso commander, Undisker, Magic Iso, Ultra Iso and others, but beware that most, if not all of them, are NOT Free Software but shareware or proprietary, therefore they are sometimes limited time demos, or have capabilities crippled... (but you could always use dynebolic to download, update, and browse dynebolic!)
An option for Windows Users are the [http://www.daemon-tools.cc/portal/portal.php Daemon Tools]. These are freeware for non-commercial use.
In MacOSX you can simply click on the ISO file and it will be mounted in a directory of your desktop.
If you have just a browser and still want to peek inside the dynebolic ISO file contents, then you can browse the web page on http://www.mirror.ac.uk/sites/www.dynebolic.org/ kindly offered by the UK Mirror Service, which lets you navigate the contents thru a web interface.