Try out OpenSolaris… in your browser

This is a neat idea (if not technically all that novel)… log in to Sun Learning Services portal, and you can play with a virtual instance of OpenSolaris for up to an hour.

It does require Java, there are only 8 slots available at any one time, and right now they’re still provisioning OpenSolaris 2008.11 rather than the newer and shinier 2009.06. But if you want to give OpenSolaris a quick whirl, you might find it more convenient than downloading the LiveCD.

More info in Brian Leonard’s blog entry.

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2 Responses to “Try out OpenSolaris… in your browser”

  1. Harley says:

    I could have swore I saw something similar to this several (perhaps close to 3-4 years) ago where they basically had a vnc client (could have been virtualized, I really don’t remember) to different machines running in a browser so you could play with several free OS’s. IIRC, they had several BSD, a few Linux, I think they may have had FreeDOS and ReactOS as options too. Regardless, it was/is a cool idea.

  2. calum says:

    Yeah, I’ve seen it done before too, with variable results. First time I think I’ve we’ve done anything like this with Solaris, though.