Installing OpenSolaris 2008.11

I downloaded the LiveCD already a while ago, but only after the last SUN TechDays here I was inspired to finally install it.

Requirements: OpenSolaris LiveCD and any Mac or PC.

Before starting: Dont waste your time and bandwidth downloading the CD image. FIRST check if your hardware gonna work with OpenSolaris ! SUN offers a smart Java tool (link here) to check your hardware and available driver.

Get Started: Fairly easy Get the ISO file (link here), create a CD and start on any desktop or notebook up. It is a LiveCD, so it starts up from CD and you can play around with it until you decide to install it (there is a desktop shortcut!) or trash it. Note that all application need to be loadd from CD, so this does not refelct the real performance of an installed system.

Out of 2 desktops and 2 notebooks only 1 works fine, or better all drivers were available:
Notebook Dell Vostro 1500 with Intel 8400, 4GB, NVDIA 8600,..

On 2 desktops there was no lan driver available.

On a Notebook Compaq CQ40 during starting from CD the loudspeaker creates a extreme loud squeeching noise which you cant switch of, after hearing this for 1 minute you wont go further.

Extra Software I installed so far:

  • Virtualbox
  • JDK 1.6_11
  • Netbeans 6.5 with Python addon
  • OpenOffice 3.0
  • MySQL

Problems so far (with my hardware!):
Switching on all desktop special effects and flipping between desktops makes desktop freeze und you only can close windows that are already open.

The next release will hit the road in April 2009.

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