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Sonicle is glad to announce the availability of the first Early Access release of XStream Desktop.


XStreamOS bootOur aim is to unite a free, light and modern desktop, with the unique characteristics of the illumos kernel, including a number of preinstalled applications, as Libre Office, Firefox, Thunderbird, Gimp, VLC and more.

Sonicle will continue the effort to add support for more software, publishing them on the public repository, directly accessible from the desktop.

The product is still to be considered a beta release, therefore we will be happy to receive your feedback to improve the product. Please, check mailing lists at the bottom of this page.

The product can be installed both on physical machines and on virtualized environments, such as VirtualBox or VMware. In this last case, please read the following specific instructions to obtain the best results.


Download

ISO and USB installers can be downloaded here:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/xstreamos/files/XStream Desktop/

Installation

At the moment, the installer is still text based. We are working on a live CD, with a graphical installer, which will be soon available.

The installer requires the creation of a primary privileged user having root access without password (via pfexec bash), or being able to run administrative tools (like the graphical package manager) without password.

The default packages publisher is configured on http://pkg.sonicle.com/xstreamos-beta/ to receive the next updates and to install new packages, until we reach a release candidate point.

Installation on VirtualBox

Configure the virtual machine with operative system "Solaris 11 64bit", and at least a 16GB hard disk.
In the video configuration, activate Direct3D. This will be working after Virtual Box Additions are installed.

DO NOT INSTALL ORIGINAL VIRTUAL BOX ADDITIONS: use the downloadable CD we have specifically prepared from vbox sources. This is necessary as XStreamOS Desktop features a newer X11 release that is not supported by the original additions drivers for Solaris.

At the end of installation, after reboot, insert the provided additions CD in the VM, run a terminal on the running desktop, then type the following:

cd /media/VBOXADDITIONS_4.2.18_88780
pfexec pkgadd -d VBoxSolarisAdditions-amd64.pkg

Reboot system to obtain a correct video resolution.

Installation on VMware Player


Configure the virtual machine with operative system "Solaris 11 64bit", and at least a 16GB hard disk.
In the video configuration, remove Direct3D support and select a maximum resolution of 1024x768.
At the moment, higher resolutions may not be correctly displayed on VMware Player.

DO NOT INSTALL ORIGINAL VMWARE TOOLS: please use package manager on the desktop menu program / preferences. Look for and install the open-vm-tools.

Known issues on this Beta EA1

- Any gnome-vte based terminal may cause a session termination during window resize.
- Firefox contains the latest available flash plugin from Adobe for Solaris, not completely stable.
- Audio reproduction, depending on the driver taken by the kernel, may not be very linear.
- Video reproduction with VLC may not reproduce audio.


Mailing lists


Please submit problems, bugs or any suggestion on our mailing list.
You may register to XStreamOS mailing lists here:

http://lists.sonicle.com