Open Solaris in a Box

So, I just did my first Open Solaris install!  I just put the new Developer Preview 2 of OpenSolaris into a VirtualBox VM.  Seems to be working great (running on top of Microsoft Vista!).  Here's a picture of the VirtualBox UI with my VM and Disk Image displayed.

 

Here's a picture of the VM running inside VirtualBox. You can click to see it fun

The one tip I can give you if you try this yourself is that you'll need to bump up the size of the default video RAM size on the VM from the default 8 MB.  Otherwise you won't be able to boot.  However, this was really easy in the VirtualBox control panel.

Comments:

My problem is my solaris in a box on windows host can not run in full screen mode, is there a way to fix it?

Posted by guest on February 18, 2008 at 12:25 PM PST #

Hey !

I just used it today to install Indiana on my school computers with VB so I can show my teachers .. and use it for my IDE etc...
Good thing they are spec up for Vista so they have heaps of RAM :D lol but they got XP on them.

To the last comment; Yes you can get it going in full screen:
#find / -name xorg.conf
and edit it with vi.

When we get Xorg7.3 in FOX I don't think this will be a problem anymore.
You could also maybe try resizing the screen and then restarting X, Ctrl+Alt+Backspace and see if it auto detects the change?

Hope this helps,
Edward O'Callaghan.

Posted by EdwardOCallaghan on February 18, 2008 at 02:16 PM PST #

To EdwardOCallaghan:
Thanks for your reply.
I tried again by running xorgconfig, but still failed. I'm current running Ubuntu in the box with Linux guest additions, everything is ok, maybe Solaris also need a guest additions, but I can't find it in the box.

Posted by WZ on February 18, 2008 at 08:56 PM PST #

I got OpenSolaris DP2 running in full screen in VirtualBox on top of Vista without any guest additions or config hacking. It just worked first time. I wonder what's different? I'll post again if I find out anything.

Posted by Steve Wilson on February 18, 2008 at 10:00 PM PST #

OK, I will bite, how do you do this? I have Ubuntu 7.10 installed and it has the repository already set up for virtualbox so installing is a snap. But what does it take to get OpenSolaris inside?

Maybe a howto article is needed :-).

Congrats on the buy of Innotek. Sounds interesting.

bill

Posted by 10ksnooker on February 18, 2008 at 10:31 PM PST #

@Bill

It was really easy! Just download the Developer Preview 2 ISO file from opensolaris.org. When you create your VM, the first time you start it up it brings up a wizard that allows you to mount the ISO (or a real DVD) to the VM as it boots. Then just follow the normal install procedure (with is really easy now with OpenSolaris.

Posted by Steve Wilson on February 18, 2008 at 10:44 PM PST #

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