I installed OpenSolaris, using the Live CD .iso file
Using the live CD first, it places an "Install Icon" on your desktop. I hit that and went thru the installation process. Afterwards, I changed the .iso file from OpenSolaris to the VBox Virtual Additions. It IS possible that I am simply having VM Additions issues. Although I would prefer to have an integrated mouse, I can work with what I have for now. I will install some of my favorite programs, such as XEmacs and MySQL, and report back. Incidentally, I don't understand why, once I exit with "Save State", the Virtual Box program keeps the "settings" icon unlit. I had a tough time reverting the CD image from the OpenSolaris .iso to the VM Additions .iso.
I was able to install and use some packages off of the default OpenSolaris.org repository, and save them in my image. They were still there when i started up again. Also, my VMadditions(mouse integration, etc) came to life when I responded to an update request once when i had my machine up. There still seems to be a problem with Virtual Box's "Close" dialog. You can "Save State" or you can "Power Off", optionally reverting to the latest snapshot. If you take a snapshot and then choose "Power Off" and "revert", when your machine shuts down you don't have access to your Virtual Box settings, at least not thru the GUI(I did not try the command line interface). If you JUST "Power Off", as noted by the responder above, you lose everything you did that session, possibly including some package installations. What it appears that you have to do is "Close" with "Save State", exit your machine and come back to Virtual Box's main menu. You still can not get to your "Settings" - the icon is not lit for that machine. THEN you have to hit the "Start" button to bring your machine back up, and now "Close" it with only "Power Off" chosen. NOW when you come back to the Virtual Box main menu you DO have access to the machine's "Settings" AND your latest state is saved. The problem is that this is a two step process and even though it appears to work, there MUST be an easier way that I simply do not know about.
Last edited by howard3005; 12-20-2008 at 10:29 AM.
Reason: additional info.