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does anyone have any experience installing Solaris alongside existing Linux partitions? the install suggested that it doesn't like to share a HDD... oh, also, Sun is giving free software licenses ...
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    Solaris 9/Linux


    does anyone have any experience installing Solaris alongside existing Linux partitions? the install suggested that it doesn't like to share a HDD...

    oh, also, Sun is giving free software licenses to developers or educational institutions..
    Their code will be beautiful, even if their desks are buried in 3 feet of crap. - esr

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    Thing is I do not really suggest Solaris 9 on x86, you will probablly just end up hating it. Operating System was ment for SPARC resources and speed.

    I found this though:
    Can I install Linux and Solaris on the same drive?
    Yes, with certain precautions.
    Be especially careful with RedHat Linux 6.1 (see below)
    Unfortunately, both Solaris/x86 and
    Linux swap partitions use the same ID, 0x82. So if you install Solaris
    on a drive with a Linux swap partition already on it, it will install
    on the Linux swap partition. You have two choices:

    1. You can put the Linux swap partition on another drive (or not use
    a swap partition if you have enough memory).

    2. You can install Linux after (not before Solaris). If you try the
    latter, the install program will probably ask if you want to format
    what it thinks is your Linux swap partition (and is actually your
    Solaris partition) as a swap file. Be sure to not do this!


    Red Hat Linux 6.1 (October 1999)


    Red Hat Linux 6.1's installer automatically uses all Linux swap partitions
    on all drives. Since Solaris/x86 uses the same ID, the installer overwrites
    it too! This is not a problem with older versions of RedHat Linux
    (as long as Linux and Solaris were on separate drives).


    Personally I don't use the installer to upgrade
    (I just install individual RPMs).


    Here's the summary from

    Red Hat Gotchas,
    http://www.redhat.com/support/docs/g...-4.html#ss4.12

    Problem: Installation of Red Hat Linux 6.1 can overwrite
    Solaris. If you have Solaris Intel on your machine, you
    will have problems with Red Hat Linux 6.1

    Fix:
    Solaris partitions use the same type as Linux swap
    partitions. The installer will use all found swap
    partitions.

    Currently, there are several possible work-arounds to this
    problem. If Solaris is on a separate drive from the drive you
    wish to install Red Hat Linux 6.1 on, please disconnect this
    drive.

    The other workaround is to change the "Partition type" of the
    Solaris partition.
    Before you install Red Hat Linux to another type, install Red Hat Linux,
    and then change the type back to another type.
    This can be accomplished by going using expert mode and
    choosing fdisk over disk druid.





    # fdisk /dev/hda





    Command (m for help): p





    Disk /dev/hda: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 784 cylinders


    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 bytes





    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System


    /dev/hda1 * 1 345 2771181 83 Linux


    /dev/hda2 346 784 3526267+ 5 Extended


    /dev/hda5 346 751 3261163+ 83 Linux


    /dev/hda6 752 784 265041 82 Linux swap





    Command (m for help): t


    Partition number (1-6): 6


    Hex code (type L to list codes): 08


    Command (m for help): w




    After the install you can change the partition type to back
    0x82 so that Solaris will boot.


    This "gotcha" was removed from the RedHat 6.2 list, so hopefully
    the problem doesn't occur with newer versions of RedHat Linux.
    For more information, see the Linux HOWTOs and LILO User Guide.
    For information on installing Solaris/x86 on your second hard drive, see
    below.
    - http://www.unixguide.net/sun/x86faq/9.5.shtml

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    Re: Solaris 9/Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by lordnothing
    oh, also, Sun is giving free software licenses to developers or educational institutions..
    Really? Where did you find that? When I visited their site for x86 Solaris, I only found the $20 (or whatever it was) licenses.

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    Re: Solaris 9/Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by Dolda2000
    Quote Originally Posted by lordnothing
    oh, also, Sun is giving free software licenses to developers or educational institutions..
    Really? Where did you find that? When I visited their site for x86 Solaris, I only found the $20 (or whatever it was) licenses.
    "The Free Solaris[sm] Binary License Program lets you use the Solaris Operating System at home or at work - without paying a license fee - for the cost of media, shipping and handling."

    They are doing this for some time now, after the SCO lawsuits hit they are doing this to get some new users.

    http://wwws.sun.com/software/solaris/get.html

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    Indeed... would you look at that... that's nice. I'm downloading it right now. Thanks for the link, and for the tip.

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    hmm.. maybe i should just bite the bullet and install Solaris and then reinstall Gentoo... or install FreeBSD on the partition Solaris was going to go on.. who knows? bah.
    Their code will be beautiful, even if their desks are buried in 3 feet of crap. - esr

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