OpenIndiana an excellent free Unix alternative for servers


OpenIndiana is a Unix-like operating system released as free and open source software. It is a fork of OpenSolaris conceived after Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems (the development of which was discontinued by Oracle) and aims to continue the development and distribution of the OpenSolaris codebase.

The project operates under the patronage of the Illumos Foundation, since OpenIndiana offers the user a working environment based on a new portion of the code base of the Illumos project. The development OpenSolaris technologies continue with the Illumos project, which develops the kernel, network stack, file systems, drivers, as well as the core set of utilities and libraries for the user's system.

The stated goal of the project is to become the de facto OpenSolaris distribution installed on production servers where security and bug fixes are required for free.

About the new version of OpenIndiana 2019.10

Recientemente the new version of OpenIndiana 2019.10, in which within the main features that stand out in the ad of this, it is found that lThe IPS (Image Packaging System) package management infrastructure has been converted to Python 3.

The illumos kernel build has been changed to GCC 7. By default, the cxgbe firmware and Intel microcode have been updated. While the corrections and ZFS project enhancements on Linux carried over to the ZFS implementation, including the ability to encrypt data and metadata, using UNMAP / TRIM for SSD.

Instead of Clang 4.0, Clang 8.0 was added. Compilers have been updated GCC 7.4 and 8.3, including GCC 9.2. Development tools were also updated: Git 2.23.0, CMake 3.15.1, Rust 1.32.0, Go 1.13.


On the part of the server software, updates were added: MongoDB 4.0, Nginx 1.16.1, Samba 4.11, Node.js 12.13.0, 10.17.0, 8.16.2, BIND 9.14, OpenLDAP 2.4.48, tor Also the updated versions of user programsIncluding VirtualBox 6.0.14, FreeType 2.10.1, GTK 3.24.12, LightDM 1.30, Vim 8.1.1721, Nano 4.5, Sudo 1.8.29. X264 encoder.

Added packages with mpg123, x265 and mpack. For Bash, tmux, and Vim, the Powerline status bar is proposed.

Added x11-init service to create necessary directories with root privileges in the pre-launch stage of X11 applications.

Another change that stands out is that Hyper-Threading support is disabled by default.

Besides that work was done on additional protection against vulnerabilities L1TF and MDS (Microarchitectural Data Sampling). The core is assembled with retpoline protection.

Many improvements related to support for the SMB 3 protocol have been carried over to the kernel, including support for encryption, the ability to use named pipes, support for ACLs, advanced attributes, and file locks.

The binary components of the DDU utility, which provides information about devices to find suitable drivers, are rewritten. Updated driver database. DDU code ported to Python 3.5.

Of the other changes that stand out in the ad:

  • The core of the old SPARC platform specific code has been cleaned up.
  • Added C.UTF-8 locale.
  • The OmniOS CE August Update fixes have been migrated to IPS.
  • Continuous porting of specific OpenIndiana applications from Python 2.7 to Python 3.
  • A FreeBSD framework has been ported for using pluggable TCP congestion control handlers. Added support for the CUBIC and NewReno algorithms.
  • For the encryption of new passwords, the SHA512 algorithm is used by default;
  • Crontab added support for the "/ NUM" format, for example, "* / 2 * * * *" to run every two minutes.
  • Improved boot support on UEFI systems.

Download OpenIndiana 2019.10

From this new version of OpenIndiana 2019.10, three types of ISO images were formed, one of them is the server edition with console applications (723 Mb), the other is a minimal compilation (431 Mb) and the other is a compilation with the environment graphic MATE (1.6 GB).

For those who are interested in downloading and testing this system, they can obtain the images from the following link

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