OpenIndiana login screen
|Company / developer||illumos Foundation et al.|
|OS family||Unix System V Release 4 (SVR4)|
|Working state||In development|
|Source model||Open source|
|Latest unstable release||build 151a8 / August 10, 2013|
|Update method||Image Packaging System|
|Package manager||Package Manager,
|Supported platforms||i386, x86-64|
|Userland||Solaris and GNU Core Utilities|
|Default user interface||GNOME|
|License||Mostly CDDL, with other licenses|
OpenIndiana is a free and open-source, Unix-like operating system derived from OpenSolaris. Developers forked OpenSolaris after Oracle Corporation discontinued it, in order to continue development and distribution of the source code. The OpenIndiana project is stewarded by the illumos Foundation, which also stewards the illumos operating system. OpenIndiana's developers strive to make it "the defacto OpenSolaris distribution installed on production servers where security and bug fixes are required free of charge".
OpenIndiana was conceived after negotiations of a takeover of Sun Microsystems by Oracle were proceeding, in order to ensure continued availability and further development of an OpenSolaris-based OS, as it is widely used. Uncertainty among the OpenSolaris development community led some developers to form tentative plans for a fork of the existing codebase.
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 beat 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 GNU/Linux. One article was critical of the OpenIndiana launch citing a lack of professionalism with regard to releasing an untested build, and the project's lack of commitment to a release schedule.
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 uses an 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 on the OS/Net consolidation like OpenSolaris was, OpenIndiana will apply the illumos kernel (the first release is still based on 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.
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. Build 151a7 for Intel/AMD architectures was released on October 6, 2012. OpenSXCE 2013.01 SPARC Build 151a by Martux was released through OpenIndiana on Feb. 1, 2013. 
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- Openindiana Community HCL
- The Best Hardware to Use?
- Nexenta Project | About suggested NAS SAN Hardware[dead link]
- NexentaStor TM Hardware Supported List Version 1.0 – February 02, 2011[dead link]
- Joyent Validates TYAN Servers for Use in SmartDataCenter[dead link]
- Device driver utility feedback email address
- Feedback-alias: driver-utility-feedback ... sun.com
- Device Driver Utility
- oi_147 - OpenIndiana - OpenIndiana Wiki
- "oi_148". December 17, 2010.
- Twitter / openindiana: Stable release candidate aiming
- Official website
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