Comparison of OpenSolaris distributions

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Technical variations of Solaris distributions include support for different hardware devices and systems or software package configurations. Organizational differences may be motivated by historical reasons. Other criteria include security, including how quickly security upgrades are available; ease of package management; and number of packages available.

These tables compare each noteworthy distribution's latest stable release on wide-ranging objective criteria. It does not cover each operating system's subjective merits, branches marked as unstable or beta, nor compare Solaris distributions with other operating systems.

General[edit]

Basic general information about the distributions: creator or producer, release date and latest version, and so forth.

Distribution Developer First public release Based on Latest release date Status Purpose Cost
BeleniX ? ? OpenSolaris, GNU 0.7.1 / July 19, 2008 Discontinued ? Gratis
Nexenta OS Nexenta Systems 2005 OpenSolaris, GNU, Ubuntu 3.1.3.5 (October 31, 2012; 5 years ago (2012-10-31)) [±] Discontinued ? Gratis
NexentaStor Nexenta Systems ? Nexenta OS 5.0.3, April 2017[1] Active “Enterprise Grade Unified Block & File Storage”[2] Commercial
OmniOS OmniTI 2012[3] illumos, GNU r151022 (May 12, 2017; 12 months ago (2017-05-12)) [±][4] Active “Produce a self-hosting, minimalist Illumos-based release suitable for production deployment”[5] Gratis
OpenIndiana illumos Foundation et al. 2010 illumos, OpenSolaris, GNU Hipster 2018.04 (April 28, 2018; 49 days ago (2018-04-28)) [±][6] Active “To become the defacto OpenSolaris distribution installed on production servers where security and bug fixes are required free of charge”[7] Gratis
SmartOS Joyent ? illumos, GNU ? Active Cloud computing (“converged container and virtual machine hypervisor”[8]) Gratis
v9os Alexander Eremin ? illumos 2017-01-14[9] Active “Server-only, IPS-based minimal SPARC distribution of illumos”[10] Gratis
Distribution Developer First public release Based on Latest release date Status Purpose Cost

Technical[edit]

Distribution Supported architectures Install-time desktop environment selection
BeleniX x86, x86-64 KDE, Xfce
Nexenta OS x86, x86-64 GNOME
NexentaStor x86(-64?) ?
OmniOS x86, x86-64 none
OpenIndiana x86, x86-64 GNOME
SmartOS x86-64[11] none
v9os SPARC none
Distribution Supported architectures Install-time desktop environment selection

Package management and installation[edit]

Information on features in the distributions. Package numbers are only approximate.

Distribution Approximate number of packages Package format/tools Default installer Graphical installation procedure
BeleniX ? RPM ? ?
Nexenta OS ? APT ? ?
NexentaStor ? ? ? ?
OmniOS 1032[12] IPS Kayak No
OpenIndiana ? IPS ? Yes
SmartOS ? pkgsrc/pkgin N/A (live system) N/A
v9os ? IPS ? No
Distribution Approximate number of packages Package format/tools Default installer Graphical installation procedure

Security features[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nexenta Documentation". 25 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "NexentaStor". 27 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "OmniOS Release Notes". 
  4. ^ "OmniOS Release Notes". OmniOS Wiki. OmniTI. 2017-05-12. Retrieved 2017-09-21. 
  5. ^ OmniOS Approach From the OmniOS Wiki
  6. ^ 2018.04 Release notes - OpenIndiana Wiki
  7. ^ Frequently Asked Questions From the OpenIndiana Wiki
  8. ^ "SmartOS - Joyent". www.joyent.com. 
  9. ^ "v9os - Browse Files at SourceForge.net". sourceforge.net. 
  10. ^ http://www.v9os.org/
  11. ^ "Hardware Requirements - SmartOS Documentation - SmartOS Wiki". wiki.smartos.org. 
  12. ^ "OmniOS Package Repository". OmniTI. Retrieved 2017-09-21. 

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