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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

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

Downloading OpenIndiana

ISO images and Torrents are available from:

Also please see our mirror sites at

New features in OpenIndiana oi_151a

OpenIndiana Kernel & Core Userland

OpenIndiana oi_151a is based on Illumos. Notable changes to the kernel and core userland since OpenIndiana's oi_148 release includes:

  • KVM (Kernel 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.

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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