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Happy Anniversary to the OpenIndiana project! The official #1 enterprise-class stable release of OpenIndiana's oi_151a OpenSolaris-based distribution brings improvements in security, documentation, and processes to enable more people to contribute.  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.

Release date: Sept 14, 2011

How to Upgrade or Download OpenIndiana oi_151a

Upgrading from OpenSolaris b134 or a previous release of OpenIndiana:

Note: Please, back up all user data and configuration files before attempting any updates.

To upgrade, you'll need to be running OpenSolaris b134 or OpenIndiana build 147 or 148. If you are running a release earlier than OpenSolaris b134, please upgrade to b134 before upgrading to oi_151a.

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.

Intel 2011Q3: libKMS and libDRM 2.4.26 library update

A package is being provided for users to test the libkms and libdrm 2.4.26 libraries on oi_151a for the new Intel Graphics 2011Q3 driver update. The libraries of libdrm_radeon and libdrm_nouveau are also provided.

Intel 2.9.1 driver update

A package is being provided for users to test Intel's 2.9.1 2D video driver on OpenIndiana oi_151a. The Intel 2.9.1 driver supports MPEG2 XvMC (X Video Motion Compensation) on Intel GPUs (i.e. we mainly support Intel i740/i810 through Intel HD (Clarkdale/Arrandale) GPUs). This feature allows video programs to offload motion compensation and iDCT (Inverse Discrete Cosine Transform) portions of MPEG-2 decoding to the Intel GPU hardware. XvMC greatly reduces CPU utilization when playing back MPEG-2 video. In theory it should also reduce bus bandwidth requirements. Dramatic performance savings are seen when playing HDTV (720p/1080i) and Blue-Ray (1080p) video on laptops or desktops with slow CPUs. The OpenIndiana SFE project provides both current releases of Mplayer and VLC which can playback 1920 x 1080 (1080p) high definition videos on Intel GPUs using XvMC (ex. mplayer -vo xvmc <video_file>).

To enable XvMC in /etc/X11/xorg.conf add the option:

Driver "intel"
Option "XvMC" "true"

Other important patches and changes to the Illumos_gate kernel include:

New Defaults and Contributed Applications

  • AbiWord has been updated to 2.8.6.
  • Arora has been updated to 0.11.0.
  • BIND has been updated to 9.8.1.
  • Drupal has been updated to 7.7.
  • 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 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 2.0.99.
  • mpg123 has been updated to 1.13.3.
  • MySQL has been updated to 5.5.15.
  • Netatalk has been updated to 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 1.4.0.
  • Stellarium has been updated to version 0.10.6.
  • Sylpheed has been updated to version 3.1.1.
  • Tightvnc has been updated to 1.3.10.
  • VLC has been updated to 1.1.11.
  • Wine has been updated to 1.1.44 (stable) & 1.3.28 (dev).
  • x264 has been updated to 20110827.
  • XFCE desktop environment has been updated to 4.8.0.
  • xz has been updated to 5.0.3.

Community packages provided by other projects

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

  • 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)
  • i/o hang with mega_sas driver (618)
  • cpqary3 driver is old and causes panic in oi_151 (348, 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) 
  • 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

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.

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