Walkthrough to Opensolaris 2008.05 RC2
You can download a test image of Opensolaris 2008.05 Release Candidate 2 (the distro formerly and still better known as Indiana). It starts to look really good.
Just to give you a short impression of OpenSolaris 2008.05 i´ve prepared a short walktrough to the installation of the distribution, albeit it´s so simple you won´t need one.The URL of the torrent is available in this announcement mail in the indiana-discuss forum. Please read this announcment completly. But now to the walkthrough….
- At first, Opensolaris 2008.05 starts with a standard GRUB.
- Before starting up the graphical desktop, the system asks for the keyboard layout and the language of the live system boot.
- The graphical Desktop based on Gnome starts up.
- Now the Licence Agreement appears, read it and then close the window.
- Now you can play around with the desktop, but i will proceed with the Harddisk install. Please click on the “Install Opensolaris” icon.
- Okay, the installer starts with some explanations. Press “Next”.
- Choose your installation disk. It defaults to using the the full disk for solaris. At the moment, the installer installs Opensolaris on only one disk.
- Now have to choose the timezone. We´ve added a world map for easier selection (okay, i find it harder, but your milage may vary. The people like it)
- For this installlation i´ve choosed English as the language for the installation.
- Now the system ask for some basic data: root password, an inititial user account and a name for the server.
- The system summarizes your settings. Please press “Install”.
- The system starts to install. You can leave your machine alone for a while and drink a coffee. On my virtual machine on Parallels this took 20 minutes.
- Now press reboot.
- Okay, the GRUB again, but now it´s the grub installed on the harddisk.
- The system starts up in text mode and parses the SMF manifests.
- The login screen appears. Type in your login …
- … and your password.
- Now you have your Opensolaris Desktop installed on your system. Play around with it :) Test it and send bug reports to us. If you’d like submit issues, please feel free to use defect.opensolaris.org, under the distribution/opensolaris product
- But i want to point you to an important tool: Please click on System -> Administration -> Package Manager. This is the graphical tool to install software on your system. But wait until the update announcement mentioned in the mail
- With the Package Manager you can install additional software on your system. It´s really similar to tools like synaptic , the graphical apt front end.