Release Date: Sept 2011
Happy Anniversary to the OpenIndiana project! The official stable release of OpenIndiana's oi_151a distribution brings improvements in security, documentation, and processes to enable more people to contribute releasing more development knowledge to the community instead of being locked in a small number of people's heads. If you want to help with OpenIndiana please join us on the OpenIndiana mailing lists or in the openindiana IRC. See the openindiana.org website for more information.
In order to upgrade, you should be running OpenSolaris b134 (snv_134b), the last official OpenSolaris release published by Oracle. Upgrading from later unofficial builds or distros may work, but is unsupported.
If you are currently running OpenSolaris 2009.06 (snv_111) you can use the following commands to upgrade to build 134 (snv_134):
Please read the release notes before proceeding!
pfexec pkg install SUNWipkg SUNWipkg-um SUNWipkg-guipfexec pkg set-publisher -Ohttp://pkg.openindiana.org/legacy
opensolaris.orgpfexec pkg image-update -vOnce this process completes, you should reboot into the newly created snv_134 boot environment (BE) and proceed with the instructions to upgrade to OpenIndiana.
You can upgrade an existing (x86) OpenSolaris system to OpenIndiana.
From the command line:pfexec pkg set-publisher --non-sticky opensolaris.org
pfexec pkg set-publisher -P -O http://pkg.openindiana.org/dev openindiana.org
pfexec pkg image-update -vThis will add OpenIndiana as a new boot environment (BE). You will still be able to use your previous OpenSolaris system until you remove the OpenSolaris BE or upgrade your ZFS pool to a newer version.
If your OpenSolaris b134 console was using a keyboard layout other than "qwerty" please be aware that upon booting into OpenIndiana for the first time, your keyboard layout may be reset to "qwerty".
Our package repository was experiencing availability problems shortly after launch caused by the content distribution network that caches downloads. If you notice hash failures or HTTP error codes, try a repository mirror.
Please don't remove (unset) the opensolaris.org publisher at this time. Not all of the software has updates in openindiana.org.
For further details on installation and upgrading, see:
ISO images can be downloaded from:
OpenIndiana oi_151a is based on a recent revision of the Illumos_gate provided by the Illumos_gate project. Notable changes to the Illumos_gate kernel since OpenIndiana's oi_148 release includes:
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 both Intel VT or AMD-V. 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.
Other important patches and changes to the Illumos_gate kernel include:
As is to be expected, at this stage of the release process, there are still some significant known bugs that users may run into with the stable release of OpenIndiana oi_151a. The ones we know about at this point (and some of the workarounds), are documented here so you don't need to spend time reporting these bugs again:
See https://www.illumos.org/projects/openindiana/issues for more known issues and detailed information
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.
If you would like to help shape OpenIndiana, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at
You can find out more about the OpenIndiana distribution project, see:
Note: oi_151a Release Notes originally written by Ken Mays (kmays). Please contact for any major corrections or changes.
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