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DistroWatch.com: XStreamOS


Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:03 UTC

XStreamOS and XStream Desktop are Sonicle's effort to maintain a distribution of the illumos kernel (originally derived from OpenSolaris), featuring the ZFS file system, Crossbow network architecture, virtualisation and zones, as well as a customised LXDE desktop. It also strives to develop and contribute to the illumos kernel. Sonicle, a company located in Italy, also maintains two other full-featured products - XStream Server and XStream Storage.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 224 (35), 6 months: 221 (33), 3 months: 206 (34), 4 weeks: 203 (34), 1 week: 186 (35)

Average visitor rating: 8/10 from 1 review(s).

XStreamOS Summary
Distribution XStreamOS
Home Page http://www.sonicle.com/index.jsp?pagename=xstreamos
Mailing Lists http://lists.sonicle.com/
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation --
Screenshots --
Download Mirrors http://sourceforge.net/projects/xstreamos/files/
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites  
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Feature 5.11-0.153
Release Date 2017-07-01 2015-06-10
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 2265-2722 1750-2100
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop LXDE LXDE
Package Management PKG PKG
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Init Software other other
Journaled File Systems ZFS ZFS
Multilingual Yes Yes
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List    
Package 5.11-0.153
abiword (3.0.2)    
alsa-lib (1.1.7)    
ati-driver (18.30)    
bash (4.4.18)   4.2
bind (9.13.4)    
chromium (71.0.3578.80)    
cups (2.2.10)    
dhcp (4.4.1)    
e2fsprogs (1.44.4)    
firefox (64.0)    
freetype (2.9.1)    
gcc (8.2.0)   4.4.7
gimp (2.10.8)   2.8.4
glibc (2.28)    
gnome-shell (3.30.2)    
gnucash (3.3)    
gnumeric (1.12.44)    
grub (2.02)    
gtk+ (3.24.1)    
httpd (2.4.37)    
inkscape (0.92.3)    
k3b (18.08.3)    
kmod (25)    
krita (4.1.6)    
libreoffice (6.1.3)   4.4.2
linux (4.19.8)    
Package 5.11-0.153
lxpanel (0.9.3)    
mariadb (10.3.11)    
mate-desktop (1.20.3)    
mesa (18.3.1)    
mysql (8.0.13)    
nautilus (3.30.4)    
NVIDIA (415.18)    
openbox (3.6.1)    
openjdk (10.0.2)    
openssh (7.9p1)    
openssl (1.1.1a)    
perl (5.28.0)   5.12.5
php (7.3.0)    
plasma-desktop (5.14.4)    
postfix (3.3.2)    
postgresql (11.1)    
Python (3.7.1)   2.6.8
qt (5.12.0)    
samba (4.9.3)    
systemd (239)    
thunderbird (60.3.3)   31.0
vim (8.1)   7.3
vlc (3.0.4)   2.1.2
xfdesktop (4.12.4)    
xorg-server (1.20.3)   1.14.5

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Version: 5.11-0.153
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-09-04
Votes: 13

Very snappy (quick) lightweight (minimalistic) desktop.
works nice in VirtualBox,
has a few bugs,
like xterm crashes and some menu items like "Preferred Applications" and "Keyboard and Mouse" not functioning.

having a media tab in the menu would be nice

also when using "pkg search" you get error http protocol error: Unknown error code: 503 reason: Service Unavailable
(note that the system doesn't have a graphical package manager)

Also like any Solaris based systems (Solaris 11.3 or OpenIndiana) when installing on real hardware
audio defaults to wrong device (audiohd#0), to switch default to audiohd#1 (to have sound in Firefox)
remove existing links
# rm /dev/audio
# rm /dev/audioctl
# rm /dev/dsp
create new
# ln -s /dev/sound/1 /dev/audio
# ln -s /dev/sound/1ctl /dev/audioctl
# ln -s /dev/dsp1 /dev/dsp

to see settings before/after change use
$ ls -l /dev/audio
$ ls -l /dev/audioctl
$ ls -l /dev/dsp
to see available options
$ cat /dev/sndstat
$ ls /dev/sound

also like other Solaris based systems, finding a modern WiFi card that works seams near impossible.

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