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OpenSolaris Live Media project opening

Dave Miner
Sr. Principal Software Engineer
When we re-organized Solaris engineering 18 months ago and created the Approachability organization that I'm part of, one of the the first things I wanted to work on was a live CD version of Solaris.  If you've ever used a live CD, you know just how attractive they are as a way of trying out a new system, and as a rescue and repair tool when disaster occurs.  If you haven't used one, you really should think about having one around.  Solaris has actually had a limited live CD version since Solaris 2.0, as the "miniroot" that we use to run the installation process was a targeted form of this technology, but it's not designed as a generally usable desktop environment.

Unfortunately, a lot of other priorities got in my way for a while, but as the OpenSolaris project launched, a number of others made quite a bit of progress, most notably Moinak.  We've been working in the background for a few months on adapting his Belenix work to build live DVD's based on Solaris Express and have now opened an OpenSolaris project to carry this work forward.  One way we're planning to use this project's work is to provide a basis for the future Solaris installation experience, but based on interest that we've seen even prior to opening the project, there are plenty of other likely uses.  Hope you'll come join us!

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