Tip of the Trade: BeleniX
Say you've read all the nice things about OpenSolaris and decided, well, hey, it's time to install and test this open source, free genuine Unix with all these advanced features everyone is raving about. So you dig up a test box, download OpenSolaris, and install it. Or try to, because the installation is one big, fat discouraging pain in the behind. And you really wanted to use that extra PC for testing Xen or something else new and cool, anyway.
But fear not, you don't have to give up on OpenSolaris or write off a whole computer to test it. The ace Unix geeks at the India Engineering Center of Sun Microsystems in Bangalore, India have created BeleniX. BeleniX is a live OpenSolaris CD with an array of useful desktop applications like the Firefox Web browser, NVidia drivers and KOffice, plus all the usual OpenSolaris goodies — DTrace, ZFS, containers, and so forth.