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Last Update: 2019-08-01 05:15 UTC

SmartOS is an open-source UNIX-like operating system based on illumos, a community fork of OpenSolaris. It features four technologies - ZFS (a combined file system and logical volume manager), DTrace (a dynamic tracing framework for troubleshooting kernel and application problems), Zones (a lightweight virtualisation solution) and KVM (a full virtualisation solution for running a variety of guest operating systems, including Linux, Windows, BSD and Plan9). SmartOS is designed to be particularly suitable for building clouds and generating appliances.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 30 (329), 6 months: 32 (319), 3 months: 35 (328), 4 weeks: 43 (321), 1 week: 52 (250)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 4 review(s).

SmartOS Summary
Distribution SmartOS
Home Page http://smartos.org/
Mailing Lists http://wiki.smartos.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=755485
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://wiki.smartos.org/
Screenshots --
Download Mirrors hhttp://wiki.smartos.org/display/DOC/Download+SmartOS
Bug Tracker https://github.com/joyent/smartos-live/issues
Related Websites Wikipedia
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Feature 20190731 20181011 20171207
Release Date 2019-07-31 2018-10-11 2017-12-07
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 500-600 500-600 200-300
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop -- -- --
Package Management pkgsrc pkgsrc pkgsrc
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software other other other
Journaled File Systems ZFS ZFS ZFS
Multilingual en en en
Asian Language Support -- -- --
Full Package List      
Package 20190731 20181011 20171207
abiword (3.0.2)      
alsa-lib (      
ati-driver (18.30)      
bash (5.0)      
bind (9.15.5)      
chromium (78.0.3904.108)      
cups (2.3.0)      
dhcp (4.4.1)      
e2fsprogs (1.45.4)      
firefox (70.0.1)      
freetype (2.10.1)      
gcc (9.2.0)      
gimp (2.10.14)      
glibc (2.30)      
gnome-shell (3.34.1)      
gnucash (3.7)      
gnumeric (1.12.46)      
grub (2.04)      
gtk (3.24.12)      
httpd (2.4.41)      
inkscape (0.92.4)      
k3b (19.08.3)      
kmod (26)      
krita (      
libreoffice (6.3.3)      
linux (5.3.11)      
Package 20190731 20181011 20171207
lxpanel (0.10.0)      
mariadb (10.4.10)      
mate-desktop (1.22.2)      
mesa (19.2.4)      
mysql (8.0.18)      
nautilus (3.34.1)      
NVIDIA (440.31)      
openbox (3.6.1)      
openjdk (13)      
openssh (8.1p1)      
openssl (1.1.1d)      
perl (5.30.1)      
php (7.3.12)      
plasma-desktop (5.17.3)      
postfix (3.4.7)      
postgresql (12.1)      
Python (3.8.0)      
qt (5.13.2)      
samba (4.11.2)      
systemd (243)      
thunderbird (68.2.2)      
vim (8.1)      
vlc (3.0.8)      
xfdesktop (4.14.1)      
xorg-server (1.20.5)      

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Version: 20190731
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-10-30
Votes: 0

Beautiful robust operating system base like solaris, made by Joyent inspired by opensolaris coming from solaris 10 from Sun Microsystems. It has many features first of all for all ZFS. Personally I feel the lack of a reference hardware (as was SPARC) and the possibility of having the desktop development version, even minimal.

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Version: 20181011
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-01-30
Votes: 11

Very robust OS and probably the best for container virtualization. Each container zone or KVM VM leaves on its own zfs file system, which can be snapshotted, rolled back, sent/received incrementally to a remote host. Data sets, like htdocs and db, can live on a separate zpool and given to a zone via lofs. You can build your own packages from sources by using pkgsrc environment and keep the applications up-to-date. The drawback is incompatibility with some hardware and leaving support for Linux LX containers.

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Version: 20181011
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-10-17
Votes: 7

This container OS. Runs "opensource Solaris" (joyent) zones in a feature weight resource efficient manner, also has KVM support on Intel HW for running Linux/Unix/Windows hosts.

ZFS for filesystem and dtrace for program debugging (even lacking source) are a godsend.

Did not 10/10 due to slight lag in NVMe support.

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