opensolaris-yet-again-notes, #2: tools and packages

Faster than I thought… Fixed my broken X server pretty quickly, and by the way learning how to boot up OpenSolaris into maintaineance / single-user mode (as this unfortunately is not there as a default recovery option in the grub configuration but rather easy to do nevertheless). Using the xorg.conf I copied off my Xubuntu system, now my external TFT finally works at 1280×1024 / 75 Hz, took some time

opensolaris-yet-again-notes, #1: post installation impressions

Following an extensive discussion on evolving around the question whether Suns OpenSolaris distribution is just a bad GNU/Linux distribution, I once again did a chance downloading a recent build off, installed with the motivation of trying to use it in everyday work for a couple of times to see where it gets me. As I usually do my everyday work exclusively using xubuntu, all comparisons just will relate

OpenSolaris notebooks… finally?

A few months ago we saw the news that Toshiba and Sun were about to team up on bringing the OpenSolaris operating system pre-installed to Toshiba notebooks. And, by now, it seems this finally happened: The first line of devices of this kind is available via the OpenSolaris store. Well… There are a few thoughts coming to my mind about that: Generally, it’s rather good to see mainstream hardware being

OpenSolaris: 2008.11 unveiled?

Though it seems an official announcement is still missing, as well as report that OpenSolaris 2008.11 finally has been made publicly available. Release notes are available same as various ISO download options of the final package which obviously is equal to the RC2 released a couple of days ago. Looking at the list of features new to this distribution, there are numerous improvements compared to 2008.05 that make

OpenSolaris 2008.11: some light, some shadows

Once again, I’ve been through an enjoyable week of test-driving OpenSolaris 2008.11 pre-release in a production environment on my developer notebook. And, once again, now I am kind of back on Xubuntu (8.10) while trying to come to a conclusion of my recent OpenSolaris experiences…

XFCE 4.4.3 on OpenSolaris 2008.11 pre-release

Playing with OpenSolaris once again, I surely also wanted to make use of my favorite desktop environment XFCE on that platform. Unfortunately, so far there are no up-to-date XFCE binary packages available to easily be installed using either IPS or the „traditional“ Solaris way. Same way, just does list a set of Linux packages along with a link to which seems to be stuch at XFCE 4.2, neither