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DistroWatch.com: XStreamOS


Last Update: 2019-04-11 06:22 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.

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 --
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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 (    
ati-driver (18.30)    
bash (5.0)   4.2
bind (9.15.6)    
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)   4.4.7
gimp (2.10.14)   2.8.4
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)   4.4.2
linux (5.3.12)    
Package 5.11-0.153
lxpanel (0.10.0)    
mariadb (10.4.10)    
mate-desktop (1.22.2)    
mesa (19.2.5)    
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)   5.12.5
php (7.3.12)    
plasma-desktop (5.17.3)    
postfix (3.4.7)    
postgresql (12.1)    
Python (3.8.0)   2.6.8
qt (5.13.2)    
samba (4.11.2)    
systemd (243)    
thunderbird (68.2.2)   31.0
vim (8.1)   7.3
vlc (3.0.8)   2.1.2
xfdesktop (4.14.1)    
xorg-server (1.20.5)   1.14.5

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Version: 5.11-0.153
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-09-04
Votes: 17

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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