Version info

As BlueOnyx is available in different flavours, it may become more difficult for you to pick the right one for the purpose you have in mind.

This page aims at helping you to make the right decissions to pick the flavour of BlueOnyx that suits you the most.

New Chorizo GUI or old Sausalito GUI? 

The newest version of BlueOnyx is the CentOS 8 based BlueOnyx 5210R. It was released in October 2019 and while it is already quite mature there might be some kinks that still need to be worked out. The BlueOnyx shop also doesn't have much in the way of add-on software for BlueOnyx 5210R, but this deficit will be quickly addressed as we're now preparing to release these add-ons for 5210R as well.

The full stable, production ready and mature release of BlueOnyx is BlueOnyx 5209R. It also comes with IPv6 support, which is lacking in BlueOnyx versions older than that. Aside from the improved FTP integration it's lacking the true SFTP integration and the JailKit Chrooted Jails. As a plus it comes with a Docker-Integration that is missing in the latest BlueOnyx 5210R.

Additionally the EL6 based older BlueOnyx 5207R and 5208R) are still available, but will become EOL on November 30, 2020. If you still want to use CentOS 6 instead (note: It's EOL is fast approaching!), then you can pick 5208R (64-bit) or 5207R (32-bit).

CD version or "yum groupinstall blueonyx"?

Generally it doesn't really matter if you pick the CD version or use the YUM install method to install BlueOnyx 5210R or 5209R. The resulting install of BlueOnyx will be the same.

The "yum groupinstall blueonyx" method is fairly simple and requires you to just a few commands. The CD-installer is as easy as it gets: Boot off the ISO, hit return in the menu and wait 5-10 minutes for the install to finish. After the install (and the reboot it asks for) you have a perfectly installed BlueOnyx that is ready for immediate usage. It simply can't get any easier than that.

If you can, it would always be advisable to pick the CD-version. It sets up the OS and the partitions in a fashion that makes it the most hassle free type of install.


What about BlueOnyx 5107R/5108R?

Those were the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of BlueOnyx with the old style GUI on CentOS6 and Scientific Linux 6. The EOL for the GUI was advanced to 2019-07-23 and on that day we released YUM updates that automatically upgraded these to 5207R and 5208R respectively.

What about BlueOnyx 5106R?

That was the 32-bit CentOS5 based version of BlueOnyx. The undelying CentOS5 was supported with updates until the CentOS5 EOL at March 31, 2017. At that point we then also declared the end of life of 5106R. If you still do operate a BlueOnyx 5106R, then please CMU-migrate sites and users to newer versions of BlueOnyx instead.

Virtualization / BlueOnyx in a VPS?

Generally BlueOnyx works fine in a VPS. If your virtualization solution allows you to install the guest OS from a CD, pick the CD-Version of BlueOnyx 5210R, 5209R, 5208R or 5207R and install the VPS from the CD.

For OpenVZ 7 and OpenVZ 6 based virtualization (Aventurin{e}, Virtuozzo or Proxmox) we offer pre-created OS templates for all BlueOnyx versions for download.

If your virtualization solution isn't OpenVZ based and doesn't allow you to install the guest OS from a CD either, then install CentOS7 via supported means and then install BlueOnyx 5209R with the help of these instructions and the instructions for BlueOnyx 5210R installs are here.

We hope this answers your questions, but feel free to ask on the BlueOnyx mailing list for more advice or suggestions.

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