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Hipster 2016.10 is here

This time around, we provide provided 3 types of pre-built images: GUI images with Mate, traditional server install images, and minimal images, which we stripped down to be small but , yet useful.
You can find them here:

Corresponding sha256 checksums are available at ${link}.sha256sum locations as linked above.

As always, there were a lot of changes since the last snapshot. These changes are also available to existing installations by the means of common via the pkg update procedure&& pkg upgrade procedure.

General system changes

The most notable change for users is migration to the FreeBSD Loader. After installing new bits, upon packages the next beadm activate will activate the new loader will be installed instead of and remove GRUB. See for additional information and possible issues. This improvement allowed here for additional information, possible issues, and configuration help. This improvement allows us to modify the text installer so that it can newly install be installed with the operating system on RAIDZ/mirror ZFS pools.

Intel KMS (based on Oracle's version) was ported to OpenIndiana by Martin Bochnig. Current The current implementation has some rough edges and supports only 6th and 7th generation of Intel video adapters. However, but it is clearly a giant step forward for desktop users. See additional information and The list of tested devices and additional information can be found here.

Python 2.6 was removed. Python 2.7 is default system python now.

Sun SSH was completely removed. Unfortunately, due to a bug in IPS (which is already fixed in newer versions), the package update can fail after packages renaming related because of packages being renamed relating to Sun SSH removal. If you see this error:

Code Block
Action upgrade failed for 'etc/ssh/sshd_config' (pkg://
TypeError: 'NoneType' object is not callable

during system update, then edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config in any manner ( with your favorite text editor and, for example, add an empty line to it). This will allow you to proceed and get into an updated operating system (including the new IPS version which has this bug fixed).

Mate 1.14 was integrated. It is installed by default with new GUI installations. GDM was replaced by lightdm. If you want to install it on an existing installation, just update your system and run:

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pkg install mate_install
pkg uninstall mate_install

to install a the metapackage, which pulls all needed packages, and then remove the metapackage itself.

One more noticable noticeable change in the installer – now it generates full USB images, which can be directly copied to USB sticks. No 1G/2G header files are longer required.
Please note that we no longer advertise support for 32openindiana is moving towards a pure 64-bit systems. It was not removed entirely, but we started shipping some 64-bit software in standard paths.environment. 32-bit support is obsolete and will be entirely removed in a future release.  

Desktop software and libraries

  • Mate 1.14 was integrated
  • Firefox was updated to 45.4.0
  • Thunderbird was updated to 45.4.0
  • Mesa was updated to 12.0.3
  • Xorg libraries, fonts and tools were updated, including freetype-2, fontconfig and other. XNV/x-s12-clone gate almost completely was integrated in oi-userland.
    Now Xorg libraries and applications versions are equal to or more recent than S12 ones.
  • CUPS was updated to 1.7.5
  • Inkscape was updated to 0.91
  • Lightdm 1.19.3 was integrated
  • FUSE modules for ntfs-3g were added 
  • The OpenOffice component, which had a long standing issue with saving documents in different formats (, was dropped. Users are recommended advised to use libreoffice from SFE localhostoih repository instead.

    Code Block
    # pkg set-publisher -g localhostoih
    # pkg install -v pkg://localhostoih/desktop/application/libreoffice4 \
            pkg://localhostoih/desktop/application/libreoffice4-desktop-int \
            pkg://localhostoih/system/library/g++/boost \
            pkg://localhostoih/library/g++/icu \


  • Mate 1.14 was integrated

  • mutt was updated to 1.7.1

  • irssi was updated to 0.8.20

  • ImageMagick was updated to ABI-incompatible version

  • mc was updated to 4.8.18

  • graphviz was updated to 2.38.0

  • NVidia driver was updated to 340.96

  • Yelp was updated to 3.20.1

  • dash 0.5.9 was added

  • top now shows ZFS ARC usage stats

  • tmux was updated to 2.3

  • nmap was updated to 7.31

  • gd2 was updated to new major release 2.1.  Old binary for gd2 2.0.35 is still delivered.

  • libpng 1.6 is the default libpng now. Older versions are preserved.

  • libtasn1 was upated to ABI-incompatible version 4.8. The only consumer in OI repositories is gnutls, which was rebuilt and updated to ABI-compatible version 2.12.23.

  • areca was removed


Also note that we provide repository with Xorg 1.18.4 for testing : ,
this repository includes latest versions of Xorg-related applications and libraries.

Unfortunately, some issues with Xorg 1.18 and new intel driver were found during testing, so it wasn't integrated in current snapshot.