Which link do I need to click on to download Arch Linux?

On http://mirror.rackspace.com/archlinux/iso/2015.08.01/ , there are two options: Dual and Bootstrap x64.

I have a 64bit PC, but I don't know if the dual one is 64bit compatible, and I have no idea what the bootstrap one is even for. I found an "explanation" on some website, but it didn't really explain it very well.

I don't plan to dual boot. I just want Arch as primary OS. But I may choose to dual boot in the future.

So, given that I have a 64bit PC, which link should I download? What's the difference between Dual and Bootstrap?

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    As far as i know the "dual" refers to both i686 and X86_64, not about a "dual boot". Anyway, "archlinux-2015.08.01-dual.iso" is the current iso that many of us have happily installed to our purely linux machines. Also consider the merits of downloading via torrent (magnet): archlinux.org/download Commented Aug 22, 2015 at 0:13
  • Thank you @Theophrastus, currently downloading the torrent file.
    – forloop
    Commented Aug 22, 2015 at 0:23
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    @Theophrastus You should make that an answer...
    – jasonwryan
    Commented Aug 22, 2015 at 3:48

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You should download the archlinux-2015.08.01-dual.iso, or better yet, the archlinux-2015.08.01-dual.iso.torrent file and download Arch Linux via a P2P application.

The 'dual' says that the ISO file is compatible for both x86_64 and i686 architecture computers.

The bootstrap image in the mirror is used for installing Arch Linux on an existing Linux installation.

Choose the ISO that you need. It's also a good practice to download the archlinux-2015.08.01-dual.iso.sig file and verify that ISO file you have is the one you wanted.

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