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The Solaris Installation Experience

Michael Larabel

Published on 26 June 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 4 of 4 - 3 Comments

Before commencing the installation process is a summary screen that shows the different options, which is something that Anaconda lacks.

Finally, the Solaris installer goes ahead, commits the disk changes, and installs all of the software packages. During this part of the install process all that is shown to the end-user is the percentage completed and what package is presently being installed. On the other side of the table, Anaconda shows the current package being installed along with a short description of the package, size of the package, and the packages that have been installed so far out of the total number of packages that will be installed. Solaris also lacks any packaging capabilities within the installer so that the end-user could select what specific packages or classes of packages to add or remove from the installation manifest.

While an installer's ease of use cannot generally speak to the quality of the software (with a great example being Gentoo and its lack of a graphical LiveCD installer until last year), we are glad to know that Ian Murdock and Sun Microsystems is working on addressing some of these shortcomings with Solaris through Project Indiana. Right now there are a few hurdles to cross if this is your first time installing Solaris, but any Linux user should be able to install Solaris Express with relative ease. We will be covering additional Project Indiana and Sun Solaris developments later in the year.

You can discuss this article and Solaris in the Phoronix Forums.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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