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im using windows xp
and i'd like to install a separate operating system sun solaris 10
ive got 1 80 gb hard disk
and about 30 gb free
so im thinking i can create a partition and install it there?
what file system would be required and are there any other requirements
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I am not sure that Solaris 10 would be the best choice of first Unix operating system.
It’s not as easy to set up and partition for dual booting as some of the Linux flavours.
And is also very picky on the supported hardware.

If you are dead set on Sun Solaris I would look on eBay for an Ultra5. (I have just got myself one :-))

My starting suggestion would be http://slax.linux-live.org which runs off the CD without installation.

Then progress on to one of the installed versions.

Chilly
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well basically i am doing a course which uses sun solaris operating system and also i use the programemacs , language C, so i would like to use a UNIX environment with the ability to do C programming
if i wanted to download sun solaris which do i download sparc or x64/x86
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Here is an output of a df after install of Solaris 10 on a Sparc Ultra 10 :

mushroom:~ > df -k
Filesystem kbytes used avail capacity Mounted on
/dev/dsk/c0t0d0s0 8243405 3140893 5020078 39% /
/devices 0 0 0 0% /devices
ctfs 0 0 0 0% /system/contract
proc 0 0 0 0% /proc
mnttab 0 0 0 0% /etc/mnttab
swap 1287112 968 1286144 1% /etc/svc/volatile
objfs 0 0 0 0% /system/object
fd 0 0 0 0% /dev/fd
swap 1286456 312 1286144 1% /tmp
swap 1286184 40 1286144 1% /var/run
/dev/dsk/c0t1d0s7 13166555 15590 13019300 1% /home

It shows that the system uses just a bit more than 3 Gb. But Sun indicates that you need at least 12 Gb for Solaris 10 which looks rather big for an OS coming with very few additional software. For instance if you wish to do some C programing you will have to install gcc or the SUNWspro optional package. Solaris 10 comes with the old CDE and the Java Desktop which is a Gnome environment with some good tools such as the Jedit editor.
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well basically i am doing a course which uses sun solaris operating system and also i use the programemacs , language C, so i would like to use a UNIX environment with the ability to do C programming
if i wanted to download sun solaris which do i download sparc or x64/x86


Unless you're doing low-level stuff you probably don't really need Solaris, just something Unix-like. Linux would likely be fine. Or buy a Mac mini and avoid all that repartitioning hassle!

You'd need the x86 version of whichever OS you decide on.

--> Stephen