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4. Installing Solaris

4.1 Solaris interactive

Solaris 7

Solaris Interactive is on the first CD. Boot it, select Solaris interactive

Solaris 8

On the Solaris 8 CDs the interactive installer is on the first software CD. You don't need the install CD at all.

The Solaris installation itself is quite straight forward. One thing that might be confusing is the partitioning. Solaris will automatically use all the free space on your hard disk, and create it's own virtual disk in it. And when it comes to slicing up your virtual disk, don╢t forget to add space for Solaris/Linux exchange. A good place for this is an extra /export/share partition.

Please Note: If you abort during the Solaris installation, the MBR of your hard disk may already be overwritten and you may not be able to boot from the hard disk at all.

4.2 Web-Start

I couldn't get Web-Start to work at all. Please mail me if you have any experience using it.

However, once Solaris was installed, I had no problems adding web-start-packages

4.3 Getting GNU-tools

Solaris standard installation doesn't even have a less command. Some people recommend getting the Redhat Package Manager (RPM) for Solaris, but the standard packaging tool will usually do it. You can find many nice packages at The standard packages can be used with pkgadd <package>, and the web-start packages with java <packagewithoutclassextension>

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