Nexenta 1.0 = OpenSolaris Kernel + Linux Userland

Feb 11, 2008

Version 1.0 of Nexenta, a free operating system with an OpenSolaris kernel and all other software from Debian/Ubuntu, has just been released.

Nexenta Core Platform 1.0 is suitable for 32 bit and 64 bit processors by Intel and AMD. Nexenta Core positions itself as a minimal distribution which comes on a single CD. Using the Debian package manager, apt, to install software from Internet repositories gives users the ability to extend the system for server or desktop deployment.

The main sponsor, Nexenta Systems, uses the core system as a basis for its Nexentastor virtual storage appliance. In addition to this, there is an ISO builder that gives users the ability to build custom ISO images with software of their own choice.

Nexenta Core requires a minimum of 256MB RAM. The kernel is based on OpenSolaris b82 and supports the ZFS filesystem, Zones and Xen virtualization in DomU and Dom0 variants. The software is equivalent to Ubuntu Dapper Drake.

Nexenta Core Platform 1.0 is available from the Nexenta project’s homepage. The developers welcome bug reports and feature requests on their Launchpad page.

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