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If I'm pretty good with Linux RH 6.x about a year experience but never seen Solaris what's it going to  be like. Will I have a similer installation experiece or do I need a lot of help.
I have a friend that is asking me for help in setting up a Solaris box for developement.
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Hi david...

Which Solaris (sparc or x86 and which version)? Versions 2.4-2.7 are very similar in the manner in which they are installed and Solaris 8 can be also be if you don't use the "Web start". You and your friend should be aware that Solaris is much pickier about hardware than Linux is. Most any modern motherboard is okay, but if the other parts (esp video cards) aren't on the HCL for that version of Solaris x86 there's going to be trouble. If you aren't using Solairs 8, you'll also find that you can only use the first 8.4Gb of an EIDE drive (thats fixed in 8 and doesn't apply to SCSI disks).

Also you need to be aware that things we take for granted on Linux aren't a standard part of Solaris (a compiler for instance). Solaris 8 does include some things like perl in the standard distribution, but you have to add either Sun's compilers (not free) or the Gnu compilers after the system is installed.

Installation is pretty easy if all of the hardware is supported. Most folks should choose a "Developer's" installation and you should be fairly generous with the disk slices. I usually slice a Solaris 8 x86 disk something like:

s0 - /       - 1500Mb
s1 - swap    - 256-512Mb
s3 - /var    - 300-500Mb
s4 - /opt    - 1000-1500Mb
s5 - /user1  - rest of the disk

Leave slice 2 alone. If you futz with it and try to use it for something else Solaris x86 won't be bootable (Solaris sparc is okay with s2 being used for other than the whole disk). There's lots of other ways to slice up the disk, but that should work for most folks.

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Thanks for the warning. I don't know enough about this project yet to answer any questions so I'll wait to see if it becomes real.
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Okay, as always I'll be glad to help.
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