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  1. 8

    Shahid Goraya

    We need this open source OS.Waiting for stable release.
    Many thanks for development for OI.

  2. 7

    Rob Jones

    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?

  3. 6

    ajit bakre

    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.

    1. 6.1


      Nice to know. Still waiting patiently for stable release.

  4. 5

    Sia Mc

    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.

    1. 5.1


      Yeah, the underlying technology rocks! I’m still waiting for the final release.

  5. 4

    Malcolm Anderson

    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. 4.1

      Malcolm Anderson

      can this OI be dual-booted with Linux? dual-boot with *BSD? from a single HDD?

      1. 4.1.1

        Malcolm Anderson

        Will this run headless? Can I unplug the monitor without a halt occuring?

    2. 4.2


      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.

  6. 3


    great review!

  7. 2

    Stephen Green

    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. 2.1

      Linda Kateley

      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. 2.2

      Andy Thomas

      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. 2.3


      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. 1


    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?

    1. 1.1


      Afaik, Time slider is from Solaris, so it is not just for OI.


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