OpenIndiana desktop
FeaturesDescription
Home pagehttps://www.openindiana.org
Lineage and historyOpenIndiana is based on illumos. See this Wikipedia page for historical info about OpenIndiana
Desktop environmentsMATE
Graphical installerOpenIndiana installer
Full disk encryptionThe installer does not support disk encryption.
Download latest ISO imagesClick here to download the latest, stable edition of OpenIndiana.
Supported hardwareamd64
Official docsOfficial user docs are available here
Official forumGet help by visiting this page
Posts on LinuxBSDos.comwww.linuxbsdos.com/category/openindiana
Watch out!The GUI installer looks polished, but does not offer disk encryption. There's also a text-based installer, but I've not used it yet, so don't know whether it would be possible to encrypt a disk with it or not.
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20 Responses

  1. This is a distribution going through a growth curve.The current hipster project needs a stable release for users which was expected June 2016 by users. The desktop needs development expertise and would invite interested graphics developers to look at the draft desktop designs for the forthcoming release.

  2. Yes I have tried it in the past. I liked it very much, very beautiful desktop. I found nothing wrong at the beginning, but the only reason for me to uninstall it was that my network card supports only Windows, Linux and MAC. I thought it would have detect my network automatically, but it didn’t. So there was no other way. But to be frank, the desktop appearance was very attractive. I could not get into much of the functionality since network was not possible, and so in fact, didn’t try much….Anyway, I wish the enthusiastic community all wishes to create miracles in the open source software arena……

  3. The more you use this system the more you realise how powerful it is.It is still relatively young giving a fertile development platform for development.This is a great tool for professionals but those looking for a exclusively desktop experience should look else where.

    Conclusion very good distribution in a growth curve.Down load a live DVD and try it?

  4. OI boot loader configures dual boot silently for windowx xp, 7 and windows 8 preview as well. I have tried suceessfully. It even recognizes linux and accordingly provide dual boot facility for all other operating system. However, the filesystem being ZFS, no OS recognises OI and unable to show the files on ZFS where as you can view the files of windows and linux as well.
    It is the most validated system in the world today apart from windows variants.

  5. I think we really need this distro, because I never saw a distro like this one, forget about GNOME or any Graphical User Interface or even CUI, the underlying technology is something very good and unique.
    …And it’s a very useful review, Thanks.

  6. Lots of options for installing as a VM client; will this install on bare metal? What bootloader? What security features are worthy of note? Firewall like iptables/pf? file integrity subsystem ala aide/samhain/tripwire? Other?

    1. To your first question, yes. Boot loader? GRUB 2. The firewall is IP Filter or IPF. Not sure about aide/samhain/tripwire. Will have to boot my system and look those up.

      For you other question, yes, it can be dual-booted with any other distribution. And it can run headless.

  7. Uh my only question is this, WHY? There is a tiny group persistently
    slogging along with this effort. The review here is okay, but honestly, OI will never ever become mainstream or anywhere near popular enough to become anything significant. So why.? Aren’t these developers working at regular jobs. Solaris was a dog, and everything that came from it is a dog.. So?

    1. There was a time in history when people said the same thing about linux.. about bsd.. about macosx.

      There are 1000’s of opensource projects in the world. All of them interesting for one reason or another. This group has passion and tenacity, both necessary for a good group project.

    2. And my answer to that is: WHY NOT?

      OI is a splendid initiative allowing us in effect to continue using OpenSolaris/Solaris without the hassles & exorbitant costs of Oracle licensing, etc. Using ZFS, I am able to create huge and very reliable data stores at really low cost and on the desktop, OI has the rock-solid dependability we have come to expect from Solaris.

    3. There is something in solaris and OI still unavailable on Linux, specifically, ZFS and zones. I’m using mostly Linux in our data center. However, for a filer, I’m using solaris 10 because of the above.
      I’ve had a very good experience with solaris in the past, but because of excessive charges for subscription from Oracle, I’m trying to move away from it. Hope OI will become a good replacement for solaris 10.

  8. Thats a good write up of Open indiana I’ve been tempted to try it for a while now but it being solaris based has kept me away for now.

    Is the time slider function specific to Open indiana?

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