2008.05: More ways to get it

As I did for the preview releases, I'll collect links to mirror sites here. These will also get links on the various download pages out there.

Bart and I just finished updating the package repository with the new packages we'd received the past few weeks, and that means 2008.05 is out the door. (Thanks to everybody who tried the release candidate, filed a bug, shuffled a package, wrote or proofread a document, or just spent energy anticipating the bits.) You can get the ISO image, suitable for burning to a 700 MiB CD or immediate use in virtual environment, directly from the following locations:

Reading the logs, and talking with some of our mirror sites, we know we all served out a lot of downloads for the previews; if you're interested in being a mirror, please let me know. (2008.05 remains completely redistributable.) We're using a bigger download complex this time, but every mirror helps.

If you already downloaded and installed Preview 2, it's more complete, easier, and probably faster to update directly using image packaging: see the update guidelines. These instructions involve a small script to safely update a clone of your installed system, and then switch to that on a system reboot. (If you were running Preview 1, you should update that to Preview 2, and then go on to 2008.05.)

Update 1: My thanks to Tobias Lundquist, who's once again mirrored via FTP and HTTP (Internet 2) in Sweden.

Update 2: My thanks to Luca, who's put up an HTTP mirror in Romania.

Update 3: Simon Valiquette has put up an HTTP mirror (Internet 2) at the Université de Sherbrooke in Québec, Canada. Merci, Simon.

Update 4: Bart Muijzer has arranged for mirrors by the Netherlands Unix Users Group (NLUUG) and surfnet.nl. Thanks, Bart.

These links are for the gzipped CD image, which contains the 12 "primary languages". It installs quite a bit faster, particularly on systems with slower CPUs. There is also an LZMA-compressed image, which has localization support for 42 languages, including those primary ones. It's available from dlc.sun.com, genunix.org, ftp.df.lth.se, mirrors.xservers.ro, and as a torrent. (Consult the language lists for specifics.)

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The "update guidelines" link is broken.

It points to

But it should be

- without the "/" at the end.

Posted by Manoj Joseph on May 04, 2008 at 06:24 PM PDT #

Is there a changelog somewhere ?

Posted by ffyns on May 05, 2008 at 01:54 AM PDT #

Thanks for the links Stephen. DLing now :)

Posted by Aaron Newcomb on May 05, 2008 at 03:59 AM PDT #

I've put some metalinks at http://www.metalinker.org/samples.html#opensolaris

These list the mirrors, checksums for repair info over FTP/HTTP (not everyone can use torrents everywhere :) and other info. Try them with aria2, DownThemAll!, Metalink Checker, and other popular downloaders.

Posted by Anthony Bryan on May 05, 2008 at 03:07 PM PDT #

I'd like to provide a mirror for opensolaris iso and pkgs. Is there an official/recommended way to do this?

Posted by Luca on May 06, 2008 at 03:17 AM PDT #

@Manoj: Thanks, fixed.

@ffyns: Compared to the second preview release, or to an SXDE or SXCE release?

@Aaron, Anthony: thanks.

@Luca: You can put up a mirror for the ISO now; if you send me a link, I'll update the post and the downloads page. Mirroring the package repository requires a bit more tools support, so we can talk about that later.

-- Stephen

Posted by Stephen on May 06, 2008 at 03:22 AM PDT #

The url for the mirror is:
complete link to iso:
It is sync'ing as we speak (well, merely downloading the isos from genunix). Wanted to send this info via email but I dont know your address, stupid as it may sound.

Posted by Luca on May 06, 2008 at 04:10 AM PDT #

Is there a KDE version available, or in the works?

Posted by Christopher on May 06, 2008 at 09:32 AM PDT #

I have put in place this mirror in Canada few days ago, and you can list It (please, if possible link the directory instead of the ISO directly).


We have gigabit ethernet connectivity to Internet 2 and to every major ISP in province of Québec.

Posted by Simon Valiquette on May 07, 2008 at 09:19 AM PDT #

I downloaded this iso, the primary languages one, on Monday morning of the release day. I used two different programs to burn the iso. Both discs ended up with multiple files containing no bytes (though the file table properly contains the size metadata). The result being that booting these discs drops me to a grub prompt, where I can try to load a kernel but it doesn't actually work as the file cannot be opened. All the files in /boot/grub/ are empty. I can cat /LICENSE (which is very long), but even the install icon png contains no actual bytes.
I can't see anyone who has shared this experience with me. My original md5sum was: be21e8d24246e7e65e3d901c345a37d5 and the md5sum I got from an iso on a mirror is 1ef56fc1d43c630c50e4636de14963eb ; someone should post the correct sum on opensolaris.com/get

Posted by Daniel Lamblin on May 08, 2008 at 07:16 AM PDT #

1ef56fc1d43c630c50e4636de14963eb is the md5sum I got from the torrent, altho it isn't listed in the (empty) os200805-hashes.txt.

Posted by Anthony Bryan on May 08, 2008 at 07:21 AM PDT #

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