BeleniX 0.7 released

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BeleniX is a distribution of OpenSolaris, designed as a live CD that is meant as a general purpose operating system. OpenSolaris, for those who don't know, is an operating system dervied from Sun's proprietary Solaris OS for servers and high-end workstations.

BeleniX combines many of the open source applications used on desktop Linux with the core of OpenSolaris to make a complete operating system. Right now, all of the currently available OpenSolaris distributions are quite a bit behind the Linux ones in terms of ease of use and compatibility, but nevertheless it is always interesting to use alternatives.

This latest release of the BeleniX distro features a new installer, software now being in a package management system, 64-bit support (once installed, but not on the live CD itself) and more. It is a KDE-based system, so if you've used KDE before you should be right at home and be able to use many of the applications you are used to.

There still will be issues this early, and BeleniX is still arguably more of a preview system than something you'd want to use day in and day out. It's also worth mentioning that I experienced issues getting the distro to run in my VM setup (however I have had success with previous versions), so your mileage may vary.

The BeleniX 0.7 Live CD can be downloaded from their site (HTTP download and Torrents available).

UPDATE: the issues I mentioned getting BeleniX Live to run were due to a misconfiguration on my part. See the comments for more info.

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Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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Discussion: BeleniX 0.7 released

  1. Shiv (guest)

    # Posted on 20 April 2008 at 03:32 PM

    Hi Peter,

    Can you please post the details of the issues that you faced to the mailing list belenix-discuss at opensolaris dot org. OR You may file a bug at


  2. Peter (guest)

    # Posted on 20 April 2008 at 07:00 PM

    Apologies, the issues I were experiencing were a configuration issue on my part.

    In Parallels Desktop, my VM solution for testing BeleniX, I used an existing VM set for Linux use. On creating a new blank VM set to Solaris/Other Solaris it appears to work successfully.

  3. # Posted on 25 April 2008 at 05:32 PM

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