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Solaris Express Developer Edition 9/07: Introducing the New Solaris Installer



Today is the Solaris Express Developer Edition 9/07 launch! With Solaris Express Developer Edition 9/07 you will see the first in a series of planned projects for the "New Solaris Installer". You can download the image at Solaris Express Developer Edition 9/07.

The intended audience for this first New Solaris Installer project was novice Solaris users, wanting to download and try Solaris. The basic requirement for this project was that we needed provide a streamlined, easy to use installer with a whole new look and feel. As a result you will note that there are not many knobs with this version. That was intentional. An install takes 5 clicks. That's it! An upgrade takes 3 clicks, that's even better!

It is a great start for Solaris Install. But, it is just the start. We have lots planned for Solaris Install. To see all that we have planned in the next 6 months, take a look at Caiman.

The best way to show you the new look and feel is with pictures!

Welcome screen for New Solaris Installer



Disk Partitioning for New Solaris Installer





Installation Confirmation Page



The new look and feel is not all we offer with the New Solaris Installer. Check out this list:
  • Install or Upgrade question asked before additional configuration questions
  • Disk entries shown with current status for use during installation
  • Upgrade instances also show current status with regard to upgradeability
  • User account creation
  • New slicing algorithm that gives a larger root slice, and an alternate root for Solaris Live Upgrade
  • NetBeans and Sun Studio tools installation integrated seamlessly
  • No unnecessary system identification questions


We hope you enjoy the first of many enhancements to the New Solaris Installer! Try it out and send your comments and questions to caiman-discuss@opensolaris.org.

Comments:

The new installer is great...I gave it whirl with SXCENV72 and was quite impressed.

Ubuntu look like they are going to set a new benchmark on desktop \*nix with Gutsy Gibson however if the current pace of development is anything to go by we will be nipping at their heals by 2008.

I look forward to trying the SXDE3 on my Ultra 20

Posted by Ché Kristo on September 23, 2007 at 04:18 PM MST #

Good work, the new installer it's very advantage for the new Solaris users.

Thanks to Sun and OpenSolaris developers!

Posted by Iban Nieto on September 23, 2007 at 10:42 PM MST #

Excellent install!

Posted by Jim Grisnazio on September 24, 2007 at 12:32 AM MST #

Hey,

Great work..!
The one thing that is missing from the installer now is to be able to resize a NTFS partition..

Please take note of this.
Once again, great work,
Edward.

Posted by EdwardOCallaghan on September 24, 2007 at 12:46 AM MST #

The Installer looks good, but needs a lot of work, at least in the german version.
1. You can't start a Terminal in the background.
2. If you have two unused primary partitions it complains.
(I made to dummy partitions to get it to work)
3. If you enter a user account, the installer stops complaining the account does not exist.
4. Grub is not installed on the disc and the installer does not complain.
I will not show this version to newbies, because they will get it wrong. I know, this is the first public version, so it's just an opinion, no installer or solaris bashing intended.

Posted by Knut(TM) on September 24, 2007 at 01:16 AM MST #

Great job. So much better. Keep going. You are getting better every release. My only real complaint is that an install is still so (so, so, so) slow. I hope there is a way to get the bits off the DVD faster...

Posted by Scott on September 24, 2007 at 01:44 AM MST #

Great !
Hope to see this in
Solaris 10 Update 5 .

Posted by Thorleif Wiik on September 24, 2007 at 06:08 AM MST #

What's the update experience like? I'll be updating from SXDE v2 5/07. Will it save all my local data?

Posted by richard friedman on September 25, 2007 at 04:01 AM MST #

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