Wednesday Jun 14, 2006

Happy Birthday, Open Solaris

OpenSolaris 1 Year Anniversary Just a Year since Sun made Solaris 'Open'. While not a Solaris Guru, I've been a fan for a very long time and its one of the reasons I came to Sun. I've experimented with various operating systems for my work's laptop and since peer pressure makes it harder & harder to use Windows for this and my Linux build is a bit knackered (because of a poor install), I've turned to Solaris over the last couple of months. I also really want to play with some of the Solaris 10 features & the N1 products and help some friends solve some administration problems so I have recently turned my attention to the Solaris build on my laptop, just in time for opensolaris' 1st Birthday party.

This article talks about connecting to the internet over a wireless connection & obtaining some additional software products.

Solaris Express (Nevada V35) goes on quite nicely, add Casper's frkit. This enables wireless to work and I have used it quite happily at home, at work and at BT sites around the country.

At home, I have a linksys router so I have created a profile for Inetmenu for use at home. This involves creating a file in the /etc/inetmenu. The name may not have spaces and I created it by copying the sample in /etc/inetmenu and amended the domain, IP address and DNS server lines. I have done this because the linksys router's dhcp server seems a bit shit (alternatively optimised for windows) and other good friends seem to manage around this by avoiding the linksys dhcp service for their UNIX based systems. NB I say UNIX, I mean Linux & Solaris, I haven't checked what my MAC using colleagues do. So I use a static IP address. I am experimenting with whether I need to specify the ISP DNS server or not as I currently have a Firefox (but not Mozilla) problem.

I have downloaded Firefox (See here....) & Thunderbird and obtained my favourite themes, I downloaded the 'proxybutton' extension. (Why? See here...). It comes with StarOffice 7, so I have got myself a copy of SO8, which supports "Open Document Format". I installed this as root and then edited the JDS Launch Menu entry for SO7 to invoke Eight, this may mean some faulty National Language Support but it seems to work. (Launch -> Focus on SO7 and [right click] -> Edit Properties. I still need to check out Adobe Acrobat, which is still only available at some unbelievably old version, so I am using the Gnome embedded .PDF reader. (Adobe! Get your act together).

I shall also be looking to install Bluefish, my preferred HTML editor for UNIX. (I just love their fish logo).

Bluefish

NB This article isn't written with Blufish.

Altogether, nearly an acceptable work platform.

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