This is actually a good
question. Why use Solaris, when you can have Linux? Solaris is a
commercial system, the hardware support is scarce. But if you are
reading this you have probably already decided on using Solaris. If
not, here are some reasons:
- I have a part-time job administrating Solaris
machines. It is of no use that I learning all the neat
command parameters and nifty Linux tricks at home, when
I can't use them on my Solaris-Box.
- Sun was giving away Solaris for what they call
``Shipping and handling cost only'' for some time. They
might do that again. And almost-free-of-charge is always
a good deal.
- Another reason might be that you like CDE.
This HOWTO tries to help you install Solaris 7 or 8 on an x86
computer already running Linux. The main targets are
The reference versions used while creating this
The information might apply to other versions of the software, or it
might all be different.
- Solaris 7 x86 (= Solaris 2.7 / SunOS 5.7)
- Solaris 8 x86 (= Solaris 2.8 / SunOS 5.8)
- Linux 2.2.14, 2.3.99-pre3
- fdisk v2.10f
Please back up any data
before messing with your system! A lot of the things
described in this document may result in excessive data
loss! I am not responsible for any data loss! See also