2015.03 Release notes

We released our last snapshot ISO almost half a year ago. I believe, you want something new. You'll get it. New ISOs were just uploaded to dlc server. Let's see what has changed.

First of all, most evident changes were made in desktop area. We've updated Xorg server and libraries, which allowed us to incorporate some important security fixes from Oracle x-s12-clone and Debian Xorg. Also we've moved much more closely to Gnome 2.32. Most packages were updated to this level, excluding packages which either have a lot of specific patches (like gdm) or just dropped some significant functionality (like cheese, which dropped HAL support in version 2.32). Not everything has gone smoothly. We had to drop trusted desktop support during update. I believe nobody seriously used it under OI. The most annoying thing is that updated Xorg and Intel driver require some DRM updates, which are still not ready. So, if you have Intel video card, either pkg freeze X-incorporation and xorg, or use vesa driver.

Image Checksum
OI-hipster-gui-20150330.iso [SHA256]
OI-hipster-gui-20150330.usb [SHA256]
OI-hipster-text-20150330.iso [SHA256]
OI-hipster-text-20150330.usb [SHA256]

List of mirrors

All Sun Studio-compiled C++ libraries were removed from the system. The libraries were published in their current form to http://dlc.openindiana.org/c++-libs/, so you can grub necessary libraries and LD_PRELOAD them or use in alternative path if necessary. All X/g++/Y packages are renamed to X/Y and moved from /usr/g++ to /usr. We continue delivering system/library/c++/sunpro for the foreseeable future. Text installer was changed to install OI on EFI-labeled disk by default. Note, in this case the entire disk is erased. If you want to install OI on MBR-labeled disk, choose partitioned install.

Desktop software and libraries

Development tools

Server software

As always, we are proud to deliver to you latest illumos-gate bits.

There's also a lot of security fixes and small bug fixes.

Of course, I had more ideas than spare time, so some of them were not implemented. We still don't have PHP 5.6 and our OpenOffice package still doesn't work with XML-based document formats. I've looked at replacing cpp with one based on Schilix version, but unfortunately I found it to be not always compatible with Sun cpp. So, I've chosen preserve the status quo and we still deliver Sun cpp. I still would like to see postfix as first class MTA in OI.

I'd like to share some more ideas, which attract me now. First of all, we consider further updating of Xorg and other former xnv components (libXfont, freetype). GCC update is also on the roadmap. Our old samba and cups versions, dependency on python 2.6 and ageing Perl 5.16 make me sad. Of course, I'd like to see PHP 5.6 in oi-userland and perhaps even look at hhvm.