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First you don't need to burn 4 cd's to install Solaris (whether it be Solaris 8, 9, 10, or Express). Download the iso's and burn the first cd. Install Solaris using cd 1 then copy the other iso's to the machine and use lofiadm to mount the iso's as a file system and install the other cd's from there (man lofiadm).
Oh dear. You're going to get exactly the same reaction that Linux got for this sort of thing many, many years ago. It's only an installation procedure.
Second, you have Solaris Express and Solaris 10 GA confused, if you want patches and stability you use Solaris 10 GA. If you want "bleeding edge" features and minimal support you use Solaris Express.
And of course those names are really meaningful, and let you know exactly what to expect. Besides, from what he/she was saying none of these worked.
What bothers me about your post is that nothing ever works? So why did smpatch fail, why did X fail? Did you look in /var/adm/messages and /var/dt/Xerrors (for the X related stuff)? When you installed rdesktop from Blastwave, did you download the required packages (CSWcommon, CSWiconv, and CSWossl)?
Again, you're going to get exactly the same reaction Linux has got for this. No one knows why smpatch or X failed, and no one is going to look in their messages and error files. He's only trying to boot it up! And no one should ever have to download required packages manually before installing.