Friday, 20 June 2008

OpenSolaris 2008.05 & update to >= b90

With the demise of SXDE I thought I'd prepare for life with OpenSolaris...

Currently on build 90, 2008.05 represents build 86.

Installation of OpenSolaris 2008.05 from the Live CD (1 CD) is a breeze, simply boot from the CD (this took some time under VMWare!), have a play then click the install link on the desktop - great!

OS2008.05 uses ZFS and IPS - so this is a good starting point and upgradable using a package management system rather like we've all come to expect from the Linux world :)

Once installed, you can use pkg image-update to udate to the latest build of OpenSolaris, here are some quick notes:

set a timeout to avoid disapointment during the udate process!


#pkg refresh

#pfexec pkg image-update

# important - do this before reboot! (or your reboot won't [boot])

Which boils down to:

#beadm list
Check the active on reboot name, e.g. opensolaris-1

#pfexec mount -F zfs rpool/ROOT/opensolaris-1 /mnt

#pfexec /mnt/boot/solaris/bin/update_grub -R /mnt

A guide for OpenSolaris installation under vmware:

Another good thread:


Install Java JDK and Netbeans:

#zcat jdk-6u6-solaris-i586.tar.Z | tar -xf -

#pfexec pkgadd -d . SUNWj6dev SUNWj6cfg SUNWj6man SUNWj6dmo

NB: after installing the 32bit version the 64bit extensions can be installed but don't do this if you want to use applets or web start.

Install FireFox 3:

Installing mysql etc:

#pfexec pkg install SUNWapch22 SUNWmysql5 SUNWapch22m-php5 SUNWphp524-mysql


Check platform 32/64 bit:

#isainfo -b

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