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21 December 2010, 10:25

OpenIndiana build 148 released

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OpenIndiana Logo The Illumos Foundation has announced the arrival of OpenIndiana build 148 (oi_148), a fork, or 'spork' as the developers describe it, based on Oracle's OpenSolaris. The second development version is based upon Solaris Nevada Build 148 – the first development build of OpenIndiana (oi_147) was based on OpenSolaris build 147.

According to the developers, the latest development preview features a variety of improvements over the previous version, including updates to the included packages, as well as fixes for Java SSL crypto, backports from Illumos and user administration changes. PostgreSQL packages have also been added back in. A release date for the first stable version has yet to be announced and a project roadmap and release schedule have yet to be published.

As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter.

Originally launched in September of this year, OpenIndiana aims to be binary and package compatible with Solaris 11 and Solaris 11 Express and to act as a "free drop in replacement" for OpenSolaris. The developers compare their development model to the way the CentOS project is based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) source. OpenIndiana combines the official OpenSolaris source with free, open source software from the community.

Further information about the latest build, including a list of known issues, can be found in the release notes. OpenIndiana Build 148 is available to download from the project's site.

Developers interested in contributing and participating in the development of OpenIndiana are encouraged to read the Getting Involved guide on the OpenIndiana Wiki, join the project's IRC Chat and sign up for the mailing list.

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