What ever happened to OpenSolaris?
OpenSolaris ( / /) was an open source computer operating system based on Solaris created by Sun Microsystems. It was also the name of the project initiated by Sun to build a developer and user community around the software. After the acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Oracle decided to discontinue open development of the core software, and replaced the OpenSolaris distribution model with the proprietary Solaris Express.
Prior to Oracle's moving of core development 'behind closed doors', a group of former OpenSolaris developers decided to "fork" the core software under the name OpenIndiana. The project, a part of the Illumos Foundation, aims to continue the development and distribution of the OpenSolaris codebase.
OpenSolaris is a descendant of the UNIX System V Release 4 (SVR4) codebase developed by Sun and AT&T in the late 1980s. It is the only version of the System V variant of UNIX available as open source. OpenSolaris is developed as a combination of several software consolidations which were open sourced subsequent to Solaris 10. It includes a variety of free software, including popular desktop and server software. Sun has announced that future versions of its commercial Solaris operating system will be based on the OpenSolaris project.
On Friday, August 13, 2010, details started to emerge relating to the restructuring of the OpenSolaris project, the pending release of the new future commercial version of Solaris, Solaris 11, and how open source community interactions are being adjusted.
OpenIndiana That's What!...
Open Source. Enterprise.
OpenIndiana is a robust enterprise operating system, based on the illumos kernel. It is open source, free to use, community developed, and suitable for servers and desktops.
Extraordinary enterprise features that place it on a level above the competition, whether you’re just hosting a blog, providing cloud computing facilities, or running a petabyte storage system.
A live CD which installs a full GNOME environment, providing a compelling desktop operating system on a rock solid foundation.
14th September 2011
Today, the OpenIndiana project is pleased to announce the next development release of the open source, enterprise operating system.
OpenIndiana build 151a is now available for 32- and 64-bit x86 systems. We hope you’re as excited as we are for the first complete platform for servers and desktops that offers the full power of the virtualisation, observability, management, networking, and storage technologies from the illumos project.
Head over to the release notes for the full details!
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OpenIndiana login screen
|Company / developer||Various, based on software developed by Sun Microsystems and many others|
|OS family||Unix, System V Release 4 (SVR4)|
|Working state||In development|
|Source model||Open source|
|Latest unstable release||build 151a / September 14, 2011|
|Update method||Image Packaging System|
|Package manager||Package Manager, |
|Supported platforms||i386, x86-64|
|Userland||Solaris, GNU Core Utilities|
|Default user interface||GNOME|
|License||Mostly CDDL, with other licenses|
OpenIndiana is a Unix-like computer operating system released as free and open source software. It forked from OpenSolaris after the discontinuation of that project by Oracle and aims to continue development and distribution of the OpenSolaris codebase. The project operates under the umbrella of the Illumos Foundation. The stated aim of the project is "[...] to become the defacto OpenSolaris distribution installed on production servers where security and bug fixes are required free of charge".
OpenIndiana was conceived around the time that negotiations between Oracle and Sun Microsystems were proceeding, regarding the takeover of the latter by the former, in order to ensure continued availability and further development of an OS based on OpenSolaris, which is widely used. Uncertainty among the OpenSolaris development community led some developers to form tentative plans for a fork of the existing codebase.
 Initial reaction
The formal announcement of the OpenIndiana project was made on September 14, 2010 at the JISC Centre in London. The first release of the operating system was made available publicly at the same time, despite being untested. The reason for the untested release was that the OpenIndiana team set a launch date ahead of Oracle OpenWorld in order to pre-empt the release of Solaris 11 Express.
The announcement of OpenIndiana was met with a mainly positive response; over 350 people viewed the online announcement, the ISO image was downloaded over 2000 times, the Twitter account obtained over 500 followers, and numerous notable IT press websites wrote about the release. The broadcast bandwidth of the announcement was substantial, noted to top 350Mbit/second. The network package depot server experienced 20x as much traffic interested in their distribution than they originally planned for, resulting in more threads later being provisioned.
Not all reporting was positive, and some online articles have questioned the relevance of Solaris given the market penetration of Linux. One article was critical of the OpenIndiana launch citing a lack of professionalism with regards to releasing an untested build, and the project's lack of commitment to a release schedule.
 Community concerns
With the OpenSolaris binary distribution moved to SolarisExpress and the real-time feed of OpenSolaris updates discontinued, concerns abounded over what would happen to OpenIndiana if Oracle decided to stop feeding source code back into the community. The OpenIndiana team mitigated these concerns when they announced their intention to move the source code feed to the Illumos Foundation.
Concerns were raised about possible discontinuation of free access to the Oracle-owned compiler being used to produce OpenIndiana. In response, OpenIndiana was modified to be able to compile under the open source GNU Compiler Collection. Work on OpenIndiana is ongoing to make the compiled binaries both bootable and stable on a greater number of machines (motherboards, chipsets, CPUs, and HBAs).
The HCL (hardware compatibility list) remains somewhat informal, fragmented and un-centralized requiring much end-user research for hardware selection. The lack of a comprehensive centralized HCL might be an artifact due to the fact that the Device Driver Utility is part of the OpenSolaris binary distribution and utilizes old Sun Microsystems email address now under Oracle control.
 Relation to Solaris, Solaris Express, Illumos
While OpenIndiana is a fork in the technical sense, it is a continuation of OpenSolaris in spirit. The project intends to deliver a System V family operating system which is binary-compatible with the Oracle products Solaris 11 and Solaris 11 Express. However, rather than being based around the OS/Net consolidation like OpenSolaris was, OpenIndiana will become a distribution built up around Illumos kernel (the first release is still based around OS/Net). The project does use the same IPS package management system as OpenSolaris.
The OpenIndiana codebase is currently based on the majority of publicly available code from Oracle, although future releases will be based upon the Illumos code. The project is also expending efforts to make its codebase independent from Oracle-owned tools such as Sun Studio, although that is not the main focus of the project.
 Release schedule
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The first development release of OpenIndiana, Build 147, was released on September 14, 2010, while a second development release, Build 148 was released on December 17, 2010. A third development release, Build 151 was released on September 14, 2011. This is the first release to be based upon Illumos. A provisional release date for the stable release, codenamed Foreverware, targets either Q1 2011 or H1 2011.
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- ^ Announcement
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- ^ Is OpenIndiana a desktop or a server operating system?
- ^ Openindiana Community HCL
- ^ The Best Hardware to Use?
- ^ Nexenta Project | About suggested NAS SAN Hardware
- ^ NexentaStor TM Hardware Supported List Version 1.0 – February 02, 2011
- ^ Joyent Validates TYAN Servers for Use in SmartDataCenter
- ^ [https://www.illumos.org/issues/590 Device driver utility feedback email address
- ^ [https://www.illumos.org/issues/1131 Feedback-alias: driver-utility-feedback ... sun.com
- ^ Device Driver Utility
- ^ http://wiki.openindiana.org/oi/oi_147
- ^ "oi_148". December 17, 2010.
- ^ "2010.Q1 - Foreverware". September 18, 2010.
- ^ http://twitter.com/openindiana/status/24806464021
- Official website
- Openindiana Announcement by Joerg Moellenkamp
- OpenIndiana Officially Announced Announcement on OSNews
|Company / developer||illumos.org|
|OS family||Unix, System V Release 4 (SVR4)|
|Source model||Mixed open source, targeted open source|
|Latest stable release||onnv_145|
|Available programming languages(s)||C|
|Supported platforms||IA-32, x86-64|
|License||BSD, MIT or CDDL|
Illumos is a derivative of OS/Net (aka ON), which basically is a Solaris-OpenSolaris kernel with the bulk of the drivers, core libraries, and basic utilities. It is dependent on OS/Net, which Illumos will follow very closely while allowing retaining changes to code which might be unacceptable to upstream OpenSolaris. Illumos is aiming at full application binary interface (ABI) compatibility with Solaris ON, focusing on the core foundation blocks only.
Illumos was announced by webinar on Thursday, 3 August 2010, as a community effort of some core Solaris engineers to create a truly open source Solaris by swapping closed source bits of OpenSolaris with open implementations.
The original plan explicitly stated that Illumos not be a distribution or a fork. However, after Oracle announced discontinuing OpenSolaris, plans were made to fork the final version of the Solaris ON kernel allowing Illumos to evolve into a kernel of its own.
As of 2010, efforts focused on libc, the NFS lock manager, the crypto module and many device drivers to create a Solaris-like OS with no closed, proprietary code.
The name "Illumos" is a pun on "SunOS", the name before "Solaris" for the same commercial product. "Illumos" is derived from the Latin illuminare meaning "to enlighten," concatenated with the acronym "OS" for 'operating system'.
As of 2010, Illumos is led by Garrett D'Amore.
At OpenStorage Summit 2010, the new logo for Illumos was revealed, with official type and branding to follow over.
The Illumos team stresses very heavily its independence from any company or legal entity, maintaining this autonomy as a cornerstone of the community effort. With independent status, it cannot "be 'shut down' or subverted by any corporate master".
- Nexenta, Ubuntu-based, Debian-style GNU/OpenSolaris
- SmartOS, an Illumos based "distribution" with Kernel-based Virtual Machine integration
- EON, an OpenSolaris based embedded network-attached storage (NAS) system
- I've never tried out OpenSolaris once or twice in Virtual Box, but it didn't appeal to me. Maybe OpenIndiana will be Better...
- OpenIndiana is a Unix-like computer operating system released as free and open source software. It forked from OpenSolaris.
- OpenIndiana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Illumos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- OpenIndiana 151a Desktop review
- Linux Today - Bordeaux running on OpenIndiana
- R.I.P. OpenSolaris - Computerworld Blogs
- Linux Today - OpenSolaris Governance Board resigns
- Linux Today - RIP OpenSolaris
- OpenSolaris - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia