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Oracle Solaris provides a live CD ISO image for x86 platforms that boots to a minimal operating system, with a GNOME desktop that includes the Firefox Web Browser, Thunderbird Mail/Calendar, and other core applications, features, and tools, including the following:
The network auto-magic (NWAM) feature of Oracle Solaris, which is enabled by default during an installation. NWAM enables you to monitor network activity and manage network interfaces.
The Device Driver Utility, a tool that provides information about devices in your native system and their corresponding drivers. This utility enables you to connect to the IPS repository and search your system for any devices that do not have drivers attached to them.
When you boot your system from the live CD ISO image, and the desktop is displayed, the Device Driver Utility automatically launches and begins searching for missing device drivers. If the utility locates any such devices, a notification is displayed on the desktop. The missing driver is then automatically installed on your system from the Oracle Solaris repository.
To manually launch the Device Driver Utility from the desktop when exploring with the live CD, choose Applications -> System -> Device Driver Utility.
If you are performing an interactive installation in text or console mode, a new “Install additional driver” menu option is available on the startup menu. Use this option if you want to start the Device Driver Utility.
Because NWAM is set up by default when the text installer boots, if you have chosen to configure your system by using the Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP), no further network configuration is required to use the Device Driver Utility. However, if you are not using DHCP, select the "Shell" option during the installation, then use the appropriate commands to manually configure your network.
Note - The Device Driver Utility can require a minimum of 1.5 GB of memory. If your system has devices that are adequate for performing an installation, first complete the installation, then boot the installed hard disk before running the Device Driver Utility. This way, the utility can take advantage of the available swap space on the installed system.
To explore Oracle Solaris on the live CD ISO image, without affecting the existing OS that is installed on your system, refer to the following guidelines:
A minimum of 512 MB of memory is required to run the Oracle Solaris Live CD and the interactive installer.
You can download an ISO image of the current release's live CD, then burn this image to a CD and boot to it. Or, you can save the image on your system and then run it in a virtual machine. See Preparing to Run Oracle Solaris 11 Express in a Virtual Machine.
The following are the Oracle Solaris live CD options:
If you need to use accessibility features, you can select either the Magnifier or the Screen Reader boot options.
Both the magnifier and screen reader boot options are displayed in the GRUB menu when you boot the live CD. Use the arrow key to select either boot option. Then, press Return to boot the system with the specified accessibility feature.
If you are prompted to log in to the live CD, both the user name and password are jack.
If you need to access the system as the root user, use the su command. The live CD root password is solaris.
If you choose, you can install the OS on your system from the live CD ISO image. For instructions, see Installing From the Oracle Solaris Live CD - Quick Reference.
Note - Important: If you proceed to install the operating system, you will create a new user during the installation process. After the installation, log in to the system as that user. Your user password and the root password are initially the same. You will be prompted to create a new, unique root password after the installation.
To finish configuring your system, use the su root command to invoke a shell that includes privileges that are assigned to the root role or prepend privileged commands with the sudo command.
For more detailed information, see Chapter 5, Understanding Users and Roles.
The live CD ISO image includes an installer that enables you to install Oracle Solaris on your x86 based system.
To start the installer, select the Installer icon that is located on the live CD desktop.
When using the installer tool on the live CD, you have the following choices:
Install Oracle Solaris as the only operating system on your system.
Install Oracle Solaris on a partition that is separate from your existing OS.
Caution - Be aware that the installation overwrites all of the software and data on the selected partition.
Install Oracle Solaris inside a virtual machine.