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BeleniX 0.7 OpenSolaris Desktop

Michael Larabel

Published on 16 April 2008
Written by Michael Larabel
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Long before Sun's Project Indiana came about, BeleniX has been one of our favorite GNU/Solaris distributions. BeleniX has been a LiveCD based upon OpenSolaris, but with yesterday's release of BeleniX 0.7 it is now a source-level derivative of the Project Indiana blend of OpenSolaris. Today we're taking a quick look at this new release.

BeleniX 0.7 has many of the Project Indiana features, but its LiveCD uses Xfce and KDE as the two desktop environments of choice compared to Indiana's GNOME. However, as KDE 4.0 isn't yet ready for Solaris/OpenSolaris, it's using KDE 3.5.8. BeleniX is also continuing to use SVR4 packaging instead of IPS, but they have vowed to move over to IPS packaging system in their next major release. Being based upon Project Indiana, they now have Project Caiman to thank for the LiveCD install-to-disk capabilities with the nice graphical installer. Another OpenSolaris benefit that BeleniX is utilizing is Sun's famous ZFS file-system.

Those using ATI Radeon hardware with a BeleniX installation can now use the RadeonHD driver out-of-the-box. The xf86-video-radeonhd driver is now a big part of OpenSolaris with its usage inside Project Indiana, Solaris Express Developer, and the latest Solaris Express Community builds. On the NVIDIA side, BeleniX continues to ship the proprietary NVIDIA Solaris driver. If running a supported driver, BeleniX does support running Compiz "out of the box."


Having tried out BeleniX 0.7 for a bit now, we are quite pleased with the continued innovation the BeleniX developers are doing on top of the OpenSolaris stack. In fact, BeleniX 0.7 is a hands-down winner over Project Indiana Preview 2, which will be formally known as OpenSolaris 2008.05. If you are looking for a new distribution to try out, we would highly recommend giving BeleniX a shot. More information can be found on the BeleniX website.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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