Indiana VMWare...

The OpenSolaris Developer Preview is now available.


It's available for download at: http://dlc.sun.com/osol/indiana/downloads/current/in-preview.iso

This is an x86-based LiveCD install image, containing some new and emerging OpenSolaris technologies.

I gave it a try today in a VMWare Fusion image on Mac OS 10.5 host OS.

The experience was great! This is a liveCD, so it comes up with GNOME and works fine. I wanted to install a developer version of Solaris with NetBeans and Idm7.1 and a few other tools.

The installation was extremely simple, but a few things which I ran into along the way:

The VMware image selected should be 8 GB. For some reason, the OS would not proceed if I selected a 4 GB disk.

The default screen resolution was too big for VMWare on my machine, I had to switch to 1024 x 768 and even then I had to scroll down then to navigate the install screens. I tried 800 x 600 but could not see the bottom of the screen to navigate the install screens so I switched back to 1024 x 768. I opened a install bug on this issue at http://www.opensolaris.org/os/project/indiana/resources/reporting_bugs/

Select a 64 bit VMWare image (assuming your hardware is 64bit capable) and the 32 bit boot option from the LiveCD. When the installation is done it will install in 64 bit mode if the hardware is capable.

Some impressive things about this milestone OpenSolaris release:
  • LiveCD for OpenSolaris!
  • cdrom install media!
  • Installation was almost too easy! zfs is the default filesystem!

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