Thursday Mar 15, 2007

GlassFish in Solaris Express, Developer Edition

Solaris Express, Developer Edition is an OpenSolaris-based distribution for x86 which includes NetBeans IDE 5.5 with Enterprise Pack 5.5 and GlassFish v1 , Sun Studio 11 for OpenSolaris, and a host of other applications.

The 2/07 release of Solaris Express, Developer Edition is available for x86-based laptops and desktops and is free of cost for download. One can also order free dvd. I chose to download using Sun Download Manager and it didn't take long before the download of 5 segments (which make up the dvd image) is complete, then I burned the DVD. It would have been better if the OS image is also made available as CDs because not all desktops and laptops have DVD drives.

I made my desktop to boot from DVD and inserted the just burned DVD and restarted the machine. For the installtion to continue it needs 768 MB RAM, again, it would have been nice if this is stated up front. After answering few questions and some wait, the installtion is complete. With the restart of the machine, the desktop has new and appealing look of Solaris Nevada with applications like NetBeans Enterprise version, GlassFish v1, Sun Studio 11 pre-installed.

To experiment with pre-installed Application Server, I just started NetBeans 5.5 and selected 'Runtime' tab which shows 'Sun Java System Application Server 9'. I right clicked on Application Server and selected 'Start', within a few seconds the Application Server is ready.

How simple the life can be ...

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