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Happy Anniversary to the OpenIndiana project!


Release date: Sept 14, 2011

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Release date: Sept 14, 2011

OpenIndiana oi_151a was released on 14th September 2011, exactly one year after our first release, oi_147! Our latest build brings a wide variety of enhancements, including being our first build based on Illumos.


Installing or Upgrading

If you are currently running OpenSolaris, please see Upgrading from OpenSolaris. If you are currently running OpenIndiana, please see Upgrading OpenIndiana.

For information on installing OpenIndiana, please see Installing OpenIndiana


ISO images and Torrents are available from:

Also please see our mirror sites at


OpenIndiana oi_151a now includes KVM, the open source Kernel-based Virtual Machine, as a basic virtualization solution along with the QEMU package! This KVM port includes virtualization extensions for Intel VT.  Using KVM, a user or system administrator can run multiple virtual machines running unmodified x86_64-based operating system images for Linux, BSD, or Windows images. Each virtual machine has private virtualized hardware: a network card, disk, graphics adapter, etc.

For information on using KVM, please see 7.3 KVM

New Defaults and Contributed Applications


Spec Files Extra Repository

A wide variety of software is now available through the Spec Files Extra repository, OI-Userland, and third-party community package management systems.

  • AbiWord (2.8.6.)
  • Arora has been updated to Web browser (0.11.0)
  • Blender (2.
  • BIND has been updated to 9.8.1.
  • Drupal has been updated to 7.7.
  • GCC 49.2)
  • ClamAV (0.97.1)
  • Drupal (7.8)
  • ffmpeg (0.8.6)
  • GCC (4.6.1 with llvm 2.9.99 has been updated.
  • FlightGear has been updated to 2.4.0.
  • ImageMagick has been updated to
  • Inkscape has been updated to 2)
  • ghc (Glasgow Haskell Compiler) (7.2.1)
  • git (1.7.7)
  • ImageMagick (6.7.2-6)
  • Inkscape (0.48.1.
  • Java JDK has been updated to 1.6.0_26.
  • libfuse (NTFS driver) has been updated to 20100615.
  • Mplayer has been updated to version )
  • MPD (Music Player Daemon) (0.16.2)
  • Mplayer (2.0.99.)
  • mpg123 has been updated to (1.13.3.
  • MySQL has been updated to 5.5.15.
  • Netatalk has been updated to )
  • Netatalk (2.2.0
  • Nvidia video driver has been updated to 280.13.
  • OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.0.0d.
  • Perl has been updated to version 5.12.3.
  • PostgreSQL database has been updated to 9.0.4.
  • Python has been updated to version 3.2.
  • Samba has been updated to 3.5.5.
  • Scribus has been updated to )
  • PostgreSQL database (9.1.1)
  • Postfix (2.8.5)
  • Openbox (3.5.0)
  • Qt (4.7.3)
  • Scribus (1.4.0.)
  • Stellarium has been updated to version (0.1011.6.0)
  • Sylpheed has been updated to version (3.1.1.)
  • Tightvnc has been updated to (1.3.10)
  • Transmission (2.22)
  • VLC has been updated to (1.1.11.)
  • Wine has been updated to 1.1.44 (stable) & 1.3.28 (dev34).
  • x264 has been updated to 20110827. (20111012)
  • XFCE desktop environment has been updated to (4.8.0.xz has been updated to

Community packages provided contributed and ported by other projectspackage maintainers/ISVs:

Known issues


Known issues

Here is a list of known issues that are still outstanding:

See for more known issues and detailed information

  • Upgrading from OpenSolaris 134b fails (1424)
  • KVM: System freezes after loading module (1500)
  • OpenIndiana svn_151 support on Adaptec 6xxx (1495)
  • OI_148a locks up on any problems with ZFS pools (841)
  • root crontab does not survive reboot (736)
  • pkg:/service/network/samba@3.5.4-0.147 broken (415)
  • Evolution/Exchange hangs loading folder contents (489)
  • pkg fix reports errors in cups after reboot (446)
  • 1497)
  • SFE's runtime/gcc package breaks VirtualBox. See SFE notes for a workaround.
  • i/o hang with mega_sas driver (618)
  • cpqary3 driver is old and causes panic in oi_151 (348, 1441)
  • Chinese inputmethod input method lost in b151 (1084)
  • oi_151 32 bits nVidia driver freezes the machine (1161)
  • tcl/tk 64bit not working (1066)
  • ZFS time-slider and auto-snapshots not working due to missing zfssnap-roleadd SMF service (1179)
  • Postgres package broken in /dev-il (1272) 
  • adpu320 should be on install media (963)
  • Disk IO deadlocks UI (1065)
  • pkg:/service/network/samba@3.5.4-0.147 broken (415)
  • intel driver stops updating the screen sometimes (1135)
  • MySQL should be enabled for 64bit on 64bit platforms by default (229)
  • CUPS hpcac filter missing from hplip (240)

Reporting bugs

It should come as no surprise that this release of OpenIndiana's oi_151a contains bugs. Your comments, bug reports, patches and suggestions will help fix bugs and improve the quality of future releases. Please report bugs through the provided bugtracker system:

If you want to help out with bugs, the OpenIndiana bug team is always looking for help.

Participate in OpenIndiana

As a community maintained distribution, we depend on community members getting involved. There are a wide variety of ways you can help us, from blogging and talking about OpenIndiana, adding content to our wiki, through to helping us developing the operating system.

If you would like to help shape OpenIndiana, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at


get involved, the quickest way is to jump on IRC and talk to our developers directly.

More information

You can find out more about the OpenIndiana distribution project, please see:

Note: oi_151a Release Notes originally written by Ken Mays (kmays). Please contact for any major corrections or changes.TBC - note

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