Smallest Self-hosting OS that can Be Derived from Illumos August 7, 2012,
Volume 174, Issue 2
OmniTI has developed OmniOS, billed as "the smallest possible self-hosting operating system that can be derived from Illumos." Theo Schlossnagle, CEO of OmniTI, joins Simon Phipps in a 26-minute MinkCast discussion of OmniOS and the open source activity surrounding its creation. Schlossnagle explains that OmniTI sought to develop a small, easy to maintain OS incorporating all the innovations of Illumos into the smallest possible OS core that is self-building and self-hosting, thereby reducing security maintenance concerns. As Schlossnagle puts it, OmniOS contains all of the tools needed to build the Illumos operating system without requiring external dependencies and that uses its own image packaging system. He also maintains that innovations will stem from Illumos that, given Oracle's position on open source, cannot be expected from Solaris. He said as well that community involvement is becoming more important than licensing concerns. He also considers OmniOS a server-only OS with no view to the desktop market. Phipps and Schlossnagle discuss such issues as governance; OmniOS as the development platform for the Illumos system; OmniOS as the only OS to offer comprehensive server support. Schlossnagle announced planning for a bounty to be offered to the first person who gets OmniOS up and running in EC2. As to running in the cloud, that prospect is not of primary interest to OmniTI, he said.