Belenix - Running Solaris from a CD

It is easy to try OpenSolaris on an X86 computer, just create a Solaris boot disk, and reboot your computer.

1. Create a Solaris boot disk:
\* Download the ISO file from the Belenix web site:
http://www.genunix.org/distributions/belenix_site/download.html
\* Burn a CD using, using the ISO option in CD burner software.
Note, it took me 2 tries to burn the my CD. The first time, the CD was not of good quality, or not quite large enough, to burn the ISO file. The ISO is large, needs 700meg.

2. With your BIOS set to reboot from CD, reboot your computer.
The "BeleniX, Innovating for OpenSolaris" boot option menu comes up.
Select, "BeleniX".
Select keyboard language, example US-English.
Select Desktop UI Option, example KDE Desktop.
Then the BeleniX version of OpenSolaris starts up.

BeleniX comes with a number of software packages already installed:
\* Internet clients: Firefox, telnet, Thunderbird
\* PDF reader
\* Number of utilities: graphics programs, and multimedia

Depending on your network setup, once Belenix is running, you can run Firefox and start browseing the Internet.

Give it a try, have a look.

There is an option to install Belenix onto the harddrive, or on to a USB drive, but I have not yet got that to work. That will be another blog in the future.

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