Why do I say long and slow? Well, for those of you have never installed a Solaris consolidation, if you do so by CDs you get to wait for about 5 CDs worth of data to be copied to your hard disk. It's painfully slow, dull and boring and renders your computer utterly useless.
In fact, I blame it on Solaris that I finally went and bought a DVD reader!
After at least 45 minutes, I had Solaris installed. Given that the NexentaOS LiveCD gave me network, I kind of assumed that Solaris itself would also give me some type of network. Sure enough, Solaris installed, my Gnome problem mysteriously disappeared (i.e. my computer actually booted into the JDS properly) and I lacked network.
Herein lay a problem, remembering that:
- I had never successfully managed a Solaris installation in my life
- I only had access to readonly fixed media (no floppy drives, no CD/DVD burners)
- I had no flash memory devices of any description
- I needed the network enabled to transfer the drivers
- To enable the network I needed the drivers
Therefore, after all that time, I thought: stuff this, I'll use NexentaOS.