OpenSolaris 2008.11 Requirements Document
INS-1: Provide infrastructure to install OpenSolaris 2008.11
through the network as an automatic installation
based on a descriptive install profile. The default
install profiles provided should include both a minimal
installation (core operating system and command line
utilities) and graphical installation (core operating
system, command line utilities and desktop environment)
matching that of the default LiveCD install. The minimal
installation profile should provide enough of a system to
bootstrap the rest of the installation through a remote
network repository. Automatic installation should be
a command-line only interface at this time.
INS-2: The automatic installation infrastructure should provide
the capability of writing additional installation
profiles for those wishing to install a different selection
of software packages. However, a set of more formal
command-line or graphical utilities to do this is not a
desired for this release.
INS-3: Both x86 and SPARC platforms should be supported by the
installer. However, a SPARC based LiveCD install option is
not desired at this time.
INS-4: The minimum memory for both graphical and automated installations
should continue to be 512 MB.
INS-5: The installer should provide accessible interfaces for those
with disabilities to successfully install OpenSolaris.
INS-6: The installer infrastructure should allow the opportunity of
adding additional data to the install media, without it being
INS-7: The installer should be able to detect if existing platforms
are installed on a system, along with providing some basic
partitioning tools to make the transition to installing
INS-8: The installer (both graphical and network based) should be
able to install additional software from a network repository
at install time
That's just the section titled "Installation"; you can check out the rest of the goals for 2008.11 in the link that I posted. It seems that 2008.11 will be a truly compelling release. According to the developer I talked to on the IRC channel, 2008.11 will most like include a subset of those features, since he and the other developers don't expect to be able to implement all of those listed in time for 2008.11. He didn't confirm that custom distribution sets will be in 2008.11, which is the most important feature for me, as I hate Gnome. The developer said that OpenSolaris should become a real option that should interest BSD and Linux users alike two or three releases down the road. Although many BSD users might not like the standard GNU userland, although you have a choice between that and the Solaris userland.
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