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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 website for more information.

How to Upgrade or Download OpenIndiana oi_151a

Upgrading from OpenSolaris b134:

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!
This uses the OpenIndiana snapshot of the OpenSolaris snv_134 dev repository.

pfexec pkg install SUNWipkg SUNWipkg-um SUNWipkg-guipfexec pkg set-publisher -O 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
pfexec pkg set-publisher -P -O
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 may experience availability issues by the content distribution network that caches downloads. If you notice hash failures or HTTP error codes, try a local OI-related repository mirror.

Please don't remove (unset) the publisher at this time. Not all of the software has updates in

For further details on installation and upgrading, see:

Download OpenIndiana:

ISO images can be downloaded from:

New features in OpenIndiana oi_151a

OpenIndiana Kernel

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:

Kernel Based Virtual Machine

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.

Other important patches and changes to the Illumos_gate kernel include:

New Defaults and Applications

  • OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.0.0d.
  • xz has been updated to 5.0.3.
  • Wine has been updated to 1.1.44
  • XFCE desktop environment has been updated to 4.8.0.
  • mpg123 has been updated to 1.13.3*.*
  • x264 has been updated to 20110827.
  • Tightvnc has been updated to 1.3.10.
  • VLC has been updated to 1.1.11.
  • The PostgreSQL database has been updated to 9.0.4.
  • GCC has been updated to 4.6.1.
  • ImageMagick has been updated to
  • Nvidia video driver has been updated to 280.13.

Known issues

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 for more known issues and detailed information

  • Evolution/Exchange hangs loading folder contents (489)
  • pkg fix reports errors in cups after reboot
  • i/o hang with mega_sas driver
  • cpqary3 driver is old and causes panic in oi_151 (1441)
  • Chinese inputmethod 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)

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

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

  • Irc://

More information

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.

TBC - note this page referenced in pkg-gate so please do not rename.

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