You need a PC (32 or 64-bit) with at least 512 megabytes of RAM, and 4 gigabytes (2 gigabytes for the text installer) of available disk space. You can also use virtual machine software such as VirtualBox or VMware.
The live USB image requires a USB storage device larger than 1 gigabyte in size. A 1 gigabyte stick will not work.
To create a live USB in Windows, use the OpenSolaris Live USB Creator.
To create a live USB in Solaris or OpenSolaris, use usbcopy.
To create a live USB on a Unix-like system, download the image for dd or read http://chonan-en.blog.pid0.org/2009/11/how-to-create-opensolaris-live-usb.html to use the standard live USB.
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.
If you do not see a menu after booting your computer with the DVD or USB stick, and instead see some text and a "grub>" prompt, there may be an error in your copy of the installer.
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.
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
Using Mac OS X to create the USB Live Image of OpenIndiana? These instructions may help.
You'll need at least a 2GB USB stick; this example uses a 4GB.
OS X includes all tools needed:
1. Download the dd image, and the corresponding checksum file. Be sure to download the image 'writable with dd'!
2. Checksum your download - be sure you have a match!
3. After plugging in the USB device you will use - and assuming it's been formatted, it will appear in diskutil.
In our example, we've used a 4GB USB stick, disk2, with a 1GB FAT_16 partition:
CAUTION: dd will erase all partitions, and all data, on this stick. Be sure of the disk# you are using!
4. unmount the USB stick, if mounted:
5. Write the image using dd; we timed it:
Welcome to OpenIndiana! Enjoy!