Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th Sep 2007 12:31 UTC, submitted by Patrik Buckau
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Solaris Express Developer Edition is a free, quarterly release of Sun's next generation Solaris Operating System built from the source code repository at The release includes the latest tools, technologies, and platforms to create applications for the Solaris OS, Java Application Platforms, and Web 2.0. "Major highlights: new Solaris installer - the first major rewrite of the Solaris installer since Solaris 8 makes installation much easier; D-Light, the GUI tool to bring the power of DTrace to a broad developer audience; service offerings have been augmented with the addition of installation and configuration support." Update: Review here.
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Still too big
by zimbatm on Tue 25th Sep 2007 13:53 UTC
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I know they did some work to reduce the distribution size, but 3 GB is still too big for a quick test.

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RE: Still too big
by binarycrusader on Tue 25th Sep 2007 13:57 in reply to "Still too big"
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Look for Project Indiana and the "Slim Install" project to address this issue.

Both projects intend to bring the core distribution size down to a single CD.

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RE: Still too big
by SReilly on Tue 25th Sep 2007 14:00 in reply to "Still too big"
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Another reason why many of use are impatiently waiting for Project Indiana to rear it's much promising head.

If you're interested in trying out Solaris, without the huge downloads, check out some of the community distros like NexentaOS or Belenix. There is a list of them on Wikipedia

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RE: Still too big
by netpython on Tue 25th Sep 2007 14:25 in reply to "Still too big"
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You can order a DVD for free.

So nothing is stopping you except some spare partition somewhere.

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RE[2]: Still too big
by somebody on Tue 25th Sep 2007 17:04 in reply to "RE: Still too big"
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You can order a DVD for free

Yes, you can, but if you live in the same part of EU it never arrives;)

btw. What happened to Nexenta? It's like project died. 9 months late and unresolved bugs only got bigger in last few months.

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RE[3]: Still too big
by steogede2 on Wed 26th Sep 2007 12:58 in reply to "RE: Still too big"
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Just to qualify that a little:-


nothing is stopping you except some spare
partition somewhere.

Not at I am complaining about the way *BSD and Solaris do things, I just thought it worth mentioning, as it is something which often trips up Linux users who want to try the aforementionted.

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