Stable vs. Bloody

OmniOS stable is designed to be run in production with minimal disruption. This means we release updates in a way to minimise service disruption (reboot). Kernel updates are only made if they are security- or stability-related and no work-around exists. User-space applications can be treated more aggressively, but we’re still conservative. Non-disruptive updates are made available weekly (if there’s anything to update) and a full stable release is done every six months. Updates to new stable releases will always require a reboot.

Stable releases occur at approximately 6-month intervals and have even numbers, such as r151022, which was released in May 2017.

OmniOS bloody incorporates user-land updates and kernel updates in an aggressive fashion and updates are made available as they are introduced via IPS.

Release Media

The only time we see install media rolled for stable is if there is a specific security or installation-related issue addressed by a change. Install media for bloody are updated periodically but not on a set schedule.

Users can always obtain the latest-available packages on their systems via pkg update.