OpenSolaris Developer Preview First Impressions
By marchamilton on Oct 31, 2007
I burnt the download image to a CDROM (yes, it fits on CD, no DVD required). In case for some crazy reason you are downloading on a Mac (well, Mac OSX does support ZFS as of last Friday) and can't remember how to burn an ISO image onto CD, here is a reminder, courtesy of MacOSXHints.com.
Once you burn a CD and boot it, default option is to live boot off the CD. That means you don't actually have to install OpenSolaris on your hard drive to experience it. I didn't time it, but I went from start of boot to login screen in what seemed like not much longer than a boot from disk. Of course I didn't remember the default live boot password, documented here. Hint, the default live boot root password is opensolaris.
I ran Firefox and Thunderbird just to check out that everything was working OK. When you live boot off of CD, each new application needs to be loaded from the CD, which is a bit slower than loading from disk, but still quite usable. I'm going through a full install right now which was a breeze to startup. Just click the "Install" icon on the screen, select your timezone, enter a root password and your desired username/password, and your off. The install hasn't quite finished, but I'm sure I'll have more comments tomorrow.