The contents of this article is outdated and has been flagged as deprecated.
For updated installation information, see the new OpenIndiana Hipster Handbook
This page describes the most standard manual installation of OpenIndiana using the interactive installer. For specific use-cases there are other advanced installation methods, described on other pages of this Wiki and blog posts around the Internet.
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OpenIndiana runs on a PC (32 or 64-bit) with at least 768 megabytes (MB) of RAM (1 gigabyte (GB) recommended), and 4 gigabytes of available disk space (2 gigabytes for the server install). You can also use virtual machine software such as VirtualBox, Parallels or VMware.
- Download the OpenIndiana installer image from http://openindiana.org/download/ or from a mirror and write it to a DVD or USB stick.
To create a bootable USB device, you must use a USB storage device exactly 1 gigabyte (GB) or larger.
Boot your computer with the medium inserted. You may have to change the boot device order in your BIOS configuration.
In VirtualBox 3.2 or later, "Use host I/O cache" must be enabled in the emulated storage controller used by the virtual machine to successfully boot OpenIndiana.
- When you see a menu, press Enter to start OpenIndiana on your computer. As it runs, you will be prompted with a few questions.
- You should eventually be presented with a desktop. You can use the Device Driver Utility to check if your hardware requires additional drivers.
- Click on Install OpenIndiana to permanently install OpenIndiana on your computer.
If you do not see a menu after booting your computer with the DVD or USB device, and instead see some text and a "grub>" prompt, there may be an error in your copy of the installer, or it was created incorrectly.
If you see a "login:" prompt after selecting your keyboard and language and no desktop appears after several seconds, there may be a problem with the drivers for your graphics hardware. Please let us know if this happens. Include error messages you see on the console, and the output of the command
The login for the text session is username jack, password jack. The installer is graphical and requires X11, although it is possible to use it over a network with SSH X forwarding if you enable SSH. For administrative access, prepend your commands with