Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jun 2007 11:50 UTC, submitted by Michael
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris "There's a problem with Solaris and Sun knows it. The installation experience of Solaris (along with other areas) could be greatly improved. The installer doesn't 'suck' as it's easy and known to Solaris administrators, but for a Linux or Windows user it could prove to be a bit challenging. For those of you that have never tried out Solaris, what we've decided to do is to show you this 'usability gap' with the installation process in Solaris compared to Linux. Is the experience really that bad?"
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RE[2]: From my experience ...
by Ookaze on Tue 26th Jun 2007 19:49 UTC in reply to "RE: From my experience ..."
Ookaze
Member since:
2005-11-14

There were dependencies from the start. I selected the core install, which is supposed to have very few packages.
The basic Java dependencies necessary for the installation of the other CD after reboot wasn't selected. It worked like package management on any Linux distro, except that it didn't resolve them, and I had to do it by hand.

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binarycrusader Member since:
2005-07-06

There were dependencies from the start. I selected the core install, which is supposed to have very few packages.
The basic Java dependencies necessary for the installation of the other CD after reboot wasn't selected. It worked like package management on any Linux distro, except that it didn't resolve them, and I had to do it by hand.


Which is why Sun only supports a full installation for many cases.

Their support documents clearly state that certain installation configurations cannot be supported by them.

They give you the power to make your life difficult ;)

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RE[4]: From my experience ...
by Ookaze on Tue 26th Jun 2007 19:55 in reply to "RE[2]: From my experience ..."
Ookaze Member since:
2005-11-14

That's really sad, because I had to install, for my tests, RHEL servers too, and both RHEL 4 and RHEL 5 were a breeze to install compared to the Solaris 10.
I forgot the fact that I had to monitor all the installation process in order to not miss some steps, which use defaults after a time limit, if you're not there to change them.

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Robert Escue Member since:
2005-07-08

The only things I am aware of that times out is the install method (which defaults to interactive) and the video card and mode used. After that, the rest of the installation with the exception of changing CD's in your case could be unattended.

If you are really looking at unattended installs, I would check out JumpStart and Solaris Flash. I routinely use both to provision servers and it beats the crap out of using either CD's or a DVD.

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