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Can anyone outline the steps for downloading Sun Solaris (assuming I have a free account) and then installing jdk1.6 on it? Something like:

  1. Download Sun Solaris iso from http://....
  2. Download patches? (for free account?) what should I do... if needed at all.
  3. Download jdk package 1.6 for Sun Solaris from http://...
  4. Install the jdk using...
  5. Now java and javac will work with jdk 1.6

I've tried a few things already but nothing worked.

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If you have Solaris installed it should be as simple as downloading the jdk tar.gz, extracting to some location, and modifying environment variables so the OS knows where to find them. I have it working fine on a clean install of other nix-based OSes without using a package manager(java packages are less than desirable). In other nix-based OS, you add the variables JAVA_HOME=whatever/jdkxxx/jre and PATH=$PATH:whatever/jdkxxx/bin to .profile for the users you want to have java or skel/.profile for all new users – RobotHumans Oct 3 '10 at 14:37
  1. Download Solaris 10 from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris/downloads/index.html
  2. Patches are not available for free.
  3. JDK package is already included in Solaris 10, if you choose the full install option.

(It's Solaris 10, not 5.10 - but once installed, uname will report SunOS 5.10 since uname reports the underlying SunOS kernel version, much like uname on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 reports the underlying Linux 2.6 kernel version.)

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will it have jdk 1.6? (I don't want 1.5) thanks – user51176 Oct 3 '10 at 18:09
    
Yes - /usr/bin/javac -version on a machine installed with Solaris 10 9/10 (i.e. the Sept. 2010 release) reports javac 1.6.0_21 – alanc Oct 4 '10 at 17:44
    
You can find the latest JDK downloads here: oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/… – Simon Sheehan Jun 3 '11 at 1:10

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