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.
You need a PC (32 or 64-bit) with at least 512 megabytes of RAM (768 megabytes recommended), and 4 gigabytes (2 gigabytes for the text installer) of available disk space. You can also use virtual machine software such as VirtualBox, Parallels or VMware.
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.
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