Get OpenSolaris

Here's my commercial for the day: You can still get a free OpenSolaris Starter Kit. I see from Steve that we have shipped kits to 136 countries now, and Russia is pulling ahead followed by Poland and then the United States and India. Also, what's really cool is that about half of the requests for kits have come from students. More evidence that a new market is being created by OpenSolaris.

Comments:

I didn't know about this, thank you.

Posted by Giacomo Graziosi on August 09, 2007 at 02:41 PM JST #

The "Live DVD" that I booted did not work with my ASUS motherboard and AMD CPU. Oh well, ...

Should I try again with a newer Starter kit?

Posted by Larry Chen on August 09, 2007 at 11:09 PM JST #

I wonder if people know what to do with it once they get it. I have some DELL PowerEdge Servers that are nice but don't have DVD drives? Is there a way to ship CD's?

Also where would I find neat ideas or how-to's to use my new OpenSolaris.

-David

Posted by David Vasta on August 10, 2007 at 06:24 AM JST #

It's really great that Sun does this. I ordered a kit myself awhile back.

However I would recommend that you not hold your breath. Mine was a long time coming. Maybe they've gotten that all worked out by now.

Posted by Solaris Reality Check Guy on August 10, 2007 at 06:59 AM JST #

Hi ... there is an open project around building the Starter Kit here http://opensolaris.org/os/project/starterkit/. They have discussions here http://opensolaris.org/jive/forum.jspa?forumID=149. So check out those resources and feel free to participate. Sorry the kits take so long. I ordered one myself (shipped to Japan) and it took 12 weeks. Ugly. Media size is certainly an issue, too, and that's being worked on. You can download the kit if you don't have a DVD drive. Also, regarding the kit that didn't work, humm ... I'm not sure. Check in on the kit list. I can only imagine that we didn't have the drivers for your specific system. Drivers are added to the system all the time, though, so it may work in the future, sure, but you should really talk to someone who is technical who can help. I'll send some mail about it.

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on August 10, 2007 at 07:42 AM JST #

It would be nice if Sun used its brain power to come up with some creative interop and compatibility tools for the Open Solaris Starter kits i.e., the fact that my ASUS motherboard and AMD CPU did not work with the "Live DVD" seems worthy for data collection and later published for all to see.

Posted by Larry Chen on August 18, 2007 at 08:53 AM JST #

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