In the spirit of some other framework projects, the Solar Framework for PHP 5 now offers a ready-to-use Solar system to get new users off to a quick start. It's not prepared as a tarball just yet, but it is available for checkout or export using Subversion from http://svn.solarphp.com/system/trunk.
For example, if you make a checkout in your document root ...
$ cd /var/www/html $ svn checkout http://svn.solarphp.com/system/trunk solar
... and follow the README instructions, you will have a fully-operational installation in very short order, including an SQLite database, authentication, and three example applications:
- A simple "hello world"
- A complex "hello world" with authentication and localization
- A "bookmarks" application.
(Note that the "index.php" is only in the evaluation deployment; when you create a virtual host and point it at the Solar system document root, a .htaccess file makes the "index.php" unnecessary.)
You can read more about the structure and principles of the Solar system here.