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1.  Exploring Oracle Solaris 11 Express

Why Use Oracle Solaris 11 Express?

Exploring the Oracle Solaris 11 Express Software

Exploring the Oracle Solaris Live CD

Live CD Options

Installing From the Oracle Solaris Live CD - Quick Reference

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2.  Preparing to Install Oracle Solaris 11 Express

3.  Installing Oracle Solaris 11 Express

4.  Verifying and Finalizing Your Installed System

5.  Understanding Users and Roles

6.  Managing System Services

7.  Setting Up Your Application Development Environment

8.  Keeping Your System Up-To-Date

A.  Managing the GRUB Menu in the Oracle Solaris Release

B.  Troubleshooting the Oracle Solaris 11 Express Release


Why Use Oracle Solaris 11 Express?

The Oracle Solaris 11 Express operating system (OS) offers a snapshot of features and capabilities in Oracle Solaris 11. As such, you can use Oracle Solaris 11 Express to evaluate the platform and prepare for future application and data center migrations to Oracle Solaris.

Oracle Solaris 11 Express includes, among other things, the GNOME Desktop Environment, GNU tools, and a network-based software management system. The OS also includes state-of-the art features: the Oracle Solaris ZFS file system, Oracle Solaris Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) framework, containers for running applications in protected environments, and advanced network virtualization capabilities.

Those who love technology, simply for technology's sake, will enjoy the many features that the operating system has to offer. However, from a practical standpoint, these features are meant to simplify, improve, and streamline your system management and application development .

Some examples include:

All of these capabilities are available through a simple installation. Alternatively, you can explore Oracle Solaris on a live CD, without actually installing it on your system. Or, you can run the OS in a virtual machine, for example VirtualBox or VMware.