[OpenIndiana-discuss] where does oi stand with illumos

Bob Friesenhahn bfriesen at simple.dallas.tx.us
Fri Mar 28 23:41:21 UTC 2014

On Fri, 28 Mar 2014, Harry Putnam wrote:
> When one uses the software manager gui to do a upgrade, on an os
> installed from oi-dev-151a8*.iso, I see the 'Publisher defaults to
> openindiana.org/dev. So does an upgrade involve pulling stuff from
> illumos-gate?

No.  OpenIndiana is entirely independent of Illumos.

> I think I'm not grasping the idea here.  Sorry if I seem pretty dense.
> The fact is, I am pretty dense....
> Is illumos a stand alone operating system?

Only sort of.  While it is the core of the operating system, it is not 
an installable OS in the normal sense.  Probably it could be made to 
boot and run by someone who knows how to do that.

> When one installs from an oi-dev-151a8-live-x86.iso is one installing
> both illumos and a sort of wrapper of oi?
> It does say 'powered by illumos'

The OpenIndiana team uses source code from Illumos to create the core 
operating system but adds huge amounts of packages and an installer on 
top of it.

Bob Friesenhahn
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