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An OpenSolaris-based Live CD operating system that helps you to discover the Solaris OS

editor's review





SchilliX is an open source and bootable Live operating system derived from the OpenSolaris distribution. It has been declared as the the first pure OpenSolaris-based Live CD/DVD and uses a monolithic kernel from the Illumos UNIX OS.

It’s available for download as an archived Live DVD

The good news is that users will have to download an XZ archive or approximately 400MB in size, which contains the 1.2GB Live DVD ISO image,  in order to use SchilliX.

The GRUB bootloader includes powerful options

When booting the SchilliX ISO image from the BIOS of a computer, using either a DVD disc or a USB thumb drive of 2GB or higher capacity, the user will encounter a boot menu powered by the GEUB bootloader.

From there, you can boot the live system in full mode or in RAM only. It supports both 32-bit (i386) and 64-bit (amd64) instruction set architectures, and includes several boot options for each of the aforementioned modes.

Be aware though, that the operating system has been designed mostly for German users, which means that you must boot with the “Ask KBD layout” option if you want to use the OS in English.

In addition, you can perform a system memory (RAM) diagnostic test or boot an existing operating system that is currently installed on the first disk detected by the BIOS.

The best way to experience OpenSolaris technologies

Be aware that you will be dropped to a shell prompt, when booting the Live CD, where you have to login using the “schillix” username and password combination (without quotes, of course).

The operating system includes several command-line tools, such as cdrecord, star, bash, bz2, fakeroot, gmake, gpatch, gtar, gzip, pod2man, texinfo, unzip, wget, GCC, smake as /usr/ccs/bin/make, as well as all Schilly tools. It can be easily installed to a local drive and features self healing services.

SchilliX was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on July 14th, 2014
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