CHAPTER 3Getting and Installing OpenSolaris

I was dumbfounded to discover that installing Linux was easy. Why? Well, the world has changed.

—John Schwartz, Washington Post, December 2000

Linux has a justifiably good reputation for being easy to install, and that process has become even easier and with more useful options since Schwartz's report so long ago. On the other hand, Sun's Solaris for ×86 systems has had a reputation, also somewhat deserved, of being difficult to install and configure, along with doubts as to whether it would run at all on any randomly chosen "commodity" laptop, workstation, or server. But the world has indeed changed. As we pointed out in Chapter 2, Solaris and OpenSolaris run on thousands of differently configured ...

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