Quick Start with Liferay Portal

Here is a quick step-by-step tutorial on how to get and run Liferay Portal.

Easy as 1-2-3 :) Please share.

"The server console window will open. Keep watching it until (30-60 seconds on modern computers) you see something like:"

On *nix systems there is no output in console window as all logs are stored in catalina.out emoticon
Very close what we did in Russian about 2 months ago:
yeah, I love such 'раз-два-три' tutorials;)))
Once I demonstrated Liferay to developers worked with Sharepoint on a fly from Moscow to Saint-Petersburg. They was surprised when I was able to run it on my laptop in 5 minutes on 'раз-два-три' - after it I've decided to make such page on the site.
A quick tip, when you run Liferay on a *nix system, you can always use "./ run". That will start up Liferay and print out a log as well rather than using a tail.