Setting Up Solaris Express, Developer Edition

My 11 year old son Riley, installed Solaris 10 by following a few steps, and was surfing the Internet.
  1. First, he ran BeleniX, another distribution of Solaris, from a CD, Live CD, which runs directly off the CD, does not effect nor use the hard drive. This is an easy test that proves my hardware works with Solaris. He was surfing the Internet, with Firefox on BeleniX, within a few minutes.
  2. Next he put the Solaris Express DVD into the computer, and rebooted.
  3. From the installation menu, he selected Solaris Express, Developer Edition. This option installs Solaris 10, Firefox, Thunderbird, the Sun Studio Compiler, NetBeans, the Sun Java Application Server, games, Star Office, and more.
  4. Select option 1 - Solaris Interactive GUI
  5. Select US-English keyboard
  6. Select English, the language for the installer to use.
  7. Select the time zone, set the date and time.
  8. Enter and confirm the administer password.
  9. If you agree with the standard license agreement, click to Accept and continue.
  10. For English speakers, accept English, no other locale is needed.
  11. For simplicity, use the defaults for Disk Selection and Partitioning. An alternative is to have a swap disk slice, and everything else under the other slice ("/").
  12. Click Install Now, and everything installs.
  13. Test.

On this install, we could immediately surf the internet with Firefox. After configuring the Thunderbird email client, email was working.

\*\*\* All in all, an excellent installation experience!

Click here for my Blog describing how to create a BeleniX Live CD

Riley preparing the computer:

Running BeleniX

Comments:

That's the next OS guru in the making:) Great Job Stacy Jr;)

Posted by R Rajesh on June 27, 2007 at 11:56 AM PDT #

Neat... I wish I had a BeleniX t-shirt that fits him. :-( Very cool. Now, we have to get you writing some code on OpenSolaris. :-)

Posted by Joe G on June 27, 2007 at 02:38 PM PDT #

Wish earlier versions of Solaris had the same easy installation. Anyway Great Job Belenix Team!

Posted by Sanjay Sisale on June 27, 2007 at 04:46 PM PDT #

Ubfortunately even kids can do it, is not saying much when it comes to technology. Kids are smart - we all know that. ;-) Emperor's new clothes anyone? - the Solaris installer can really brag when my mom can get it installed....

Posted by Abhishek on June 27, 2007 at 04:50 PM PDT #

Wow ! Smart Kid ! Stacy, Do you mind if we steal Riley's photo and feature it on the BeleniX site :-)

Posted by Ananth Shrinivas on June 27, 2007 at 04:51 PM PDT #

Way to go Riley!

Posted by Rob on June 27, 2007 at 08:30 PM PDT #

Very cool! :)

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on June 27, 2007 at 11:52 PM PDT #

Hi Stacy, That is cool. We should let all element, middle and high school kids start learning how to install Solaris. ( even pre-shcool) Let kids starting using such powerful Operating System(Solaris). And it is free. Thanks, Homer Yau

Posted by Homer Yau on June 28, 2007 at 03:04 AM PDT #

Yay so many comments! =)

Posted by Riley on July 04, 2007 at 12:05 PM PDT #

Cool

Posted by Cristiano - Brazil on September 08, 2007 at 02:15 AM PDT #

Cool maybe he can help me ....

Posted by Jonas Emil Sommer on September 30, 2007 at 10:03 PM PDT #

oh wow,your proud my friends 9 year old sister installed it, it has one of the easiest interfaces ever.thats why at 13 ive installed countless windows, linux(ubuntu,debian and arch etc..) and opensolaris (opensolaris10,schillix,nexenta,belenix)

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