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Last Update: 2024-03-07 06:04 UTC

SmartOS is an open-source UNIX-like operating system based on illumos, a community fork of OpenSolaris. It features four technologies - ZFS (a combined file system and logical volume manager), DTrace (a dynamic tracing framework for troubleshooting kernel and application problems), Zones (a lightweight virtualisation solution), KVM and bhyve (two full virtualisation solutions for running a variety of guest operating systems, including Linux, Windows, BSD and Plan9). SmartOS is designed to be particularly suitable for building clouds and generating appliances.

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Average visitor rating: 8.5/10 from 2 review(s).

SmartOS Summary
Distribution SmartOS
Home Page https://www.tritondatacenter.com/smartos
Mailing Lists https://smartos.topicbox.com/groups/smartos-discuss
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums Reddit
Documentation https://wiki.smartos.org/https://docs.tritondatacenter.com/
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Bug Tracker https://github.com/TritonDataCenter/smartos-live/issues
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Version: 20231130
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-12-16
Votes: 4

SmartOS is a powerful and secure operating system optimized for cloud computing, integrating advanced virtualization capabilities with ZFS, DTrace, and the Bhyve hypervisor. It excels in handling diverse workloads, offering robust performance and reliability.

SmartOS is designed with a unique read-only file system for its core operating system. This means that the core system files are immutable, which significantly enhances security and stability. Any modifications or updates to the system files are restricted, thereby preventing unauthorized changes and reducing the risk of system corruption or security breaches.

System upgrades are performed simply by rebooting the server with a new version of the OS image. This approach streamlines the upgrade process, ensuring that updates are applied consistently and cleanly. It eliminates the complexities and potential inconsistencies associated with traditional in-place upgrades. By rebooting with a new OS image, SmartOS ensures that the system is always running on a clean, unmodified version, which enhances reliability and minimizes downtime associated with upgrades.

For those needing to scale up and require a graphical user interface for easier management, Triton DataCenter, built upon SmartOS, is an ideal choice. Triton extends the capabilities of SmartOS, enabling larger-scale virtual machine deployments with an intuitive management interface.

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Version: 20220224
Rating: 7
Date: 2022-02-28
Votes: 41

SmartOS is designed to handle the biggest of datacentres but it will equally work well for desktop servers. It is on desktops and laptops where I see the brightest future for SmartOS. It is lacking a good intuitive GUI for primary management, but it has the capability to surpass all existing desktop OSes by being a desktop hypervisor of the future. It is in this role where any existing OS can be installed and run under the desktop hypervisor (SmartOS) and allow files and functions from one OS to interact with another OS all with complete security and separation.

I have never seen this approach used in such a manner as I am describing, but I can see a tremendous potential for this approach to mould itself into an operating system to dominate all desktop systems into the future. It has the potential to remove many interoperability problems and allow existing operating systems to evolve into a holistic future OS.

Of course, this is not what the creators intended, but it is a vision that I can see possible. And that is something that I thought would never be possible. I hope this insight will inspire people to make it happen.

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