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Installing OpenIndiana

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.

To create a bootable USB device, you must use a USB storage device exactly 1 gigabyte (GB) or larger.
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 (including Mac OS X), download the standard live USB and this file and run the following commands:
cat 1G.header <USB image file> | dd bs=1024k of=<path to raw USB storage device>

  • 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 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 pfexec.

Creating the dd USB Live Image from OS X

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:

  • cURL - the - excellent! -tool for download (to know it is to love it!: cURL - by Daniel Stenberg)
  • md5 - to checksum the download
  • diskutil - to manage your disks
  • dd - writes the bootable image to USB stick

1. Download the dd image, and the corresponding checksum file. Be sure to download the image 'writable with dd'!

$ curl -OL http://dlc.openindiana.org/isos/148/oi-dev-148-x86.usb.writable-with-dd
$ curl -OL http://dlc.openindiana.org/isos/148/oi-dev-148-x86.usb.writable-with-dd.md5

2. Checksum your download - be sure you have a match!

$ cat oi-dev-148-x86.usb.writable-with-dd.md5
c2b907c428eaf3aa624fc057e7849c73c2b907c428eaf3aa624fc057e7849c73

$ md5 oi-dev-148-x86.usb.writable-with-dd
MD5 (oi-dev-148-x86.usb.writable-with-dd) = c2b907c428eaf3aa624fc057e7849c73

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!

$ diskutil list
/dev/disk0
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *2.0 TB     disk0
   1:                        EFI                         209.7 MB   disk0s1
   2:                  Apple_HFS iMac                    2.0 TB     disk0s2
/dev/disk2
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:     FDisk_partition_scheme                        *1.0 GB     disk2
   1:                 DOS_FAT_16 DATADISK                1.0 GB     disk2s1

4. unmount the USB stick, if mounted:

$ diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk2
Unmount of all volumes on disk2 was successful

5. Write the image using dd; we timed it:

$ time dd if=oi-dev-148-x86.usb.writable-with-dd of=/dev/disk2

2160767+0 records in
2160767+0 records out
1106312704 bytes transferred in 1379.597249 secs (801910 bytes/sec)

real	23m0.001s

Welcome to OpenIndiana! Enjoy!

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