Thursday Apr 02, 2009

Open Solaris, the laptop OS

Oops, a couple of weeks since I last blogged, but just wanted to point you at Jim Grisiano's puff for Toshiba's Open Solaris Laptops, I really have no excuse left. Do I?

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Wednesday Sep 17, 2008

Laptop Diaries, openoffice.org

Before I start to install Open Bravo, I notice/knew that there's no personal productivity tools on OpenSolaris, I need openoffice. Its easy enough, a quick google points me at Chris Gerard's article on installing Open Office, on Open Solaris. As he recommends,

    pfexec pkg install openoffice

does the trick, off it goes to opensolaris.org and downloads the package and installs it.

screen shot

and it looks like this.

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Monday Sep 15, 2008

Laptop Diaries, Open Solaris

So while at the Lintlithgow EBC launch last week, I saw a demo'd copy of an opensolaris VM which looked really cool, and then Jingesh Shah, published this blog article on an Open Source ERP package, called "openbravo" running on Open Solaris. This has to be done.

Open Solaris running on my Laptop

I have downloaded the Open Solaris .iso from http://opensolaris.org/os/downloads/, and this is how I did it.

Start a VM using the .iso as the boot device.

Follow these installation instructions to define the locale and users.

Shut down the VM

Using the Virtual Box control panel, point the CD/DVD drive at the VX additions .iso, which is in the installation folder and restart the VM, then as root,

    cd /media
    pkgadd -d ./VBoxSolarisAdditions.pkg

I was using V1.6.4 of Virtual Box and for some reason, the "Add Guest Additions" on the Virtual Box command bar didn't work. The above trick seems to work quite happily, I have full screen mode working. Now to upgrade to Virtual Box 2.0.2.

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Tuesday Mar 18, 2008

Thinking about what Open means

Up to London to meet with work colleagues in our public policy programmes team. The meeting was opened by Simon Phipps, who introduced us to his reworking of "Software Market 3.0". Its now called the "Adoption Market" and Simon expresses it best in his own words on his Sun blog. An illustration of how free creates adoption and innovation is that Open Solaris now has 750 projects. He then explored the nature and role of free licences. There is or should be agreement about the nature and purposes of the main types of free licences, although we can all get into the "mine's better than yours" arguments, which while being fun, aren't usually a good use of time. Simon pointed out that a number of the free licences are considering or adopting non-agression clauses.

One fear is that as the free licenses gather momentum, intellectual property owners will seek to defend themselves using trademarks. It may become very difficult to make new trademarks since they're all taken. Once, I was stupid enough to believe someone who told me that IBM had trademarked all the numbers between 1000 and 9999. (It was a long time ago, I am bit more cynical now.)

He also brought us up to date with our work on open document standards, it seems we and more and more users are coming to the belief that users should choose a document's format not product authors. One of the critical issues with a proprietary format, is that the product authors decide when a standard is obsolete, not the document owner/author.

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Thursday Jan 17, 2008

Hi MySQL, welcome to Sun

{short description of image}Wow, the MySQL announcement from Sun has certainly made a lot of noise in the blogosphere. The Register comments here..., and also post their interview with Rich Green & Marten Mikos. You've probably seen Jonatahan's Blog and Comments.

The Register Article has some interesting, and some wrong headed and tedious comments about the MySQL current licencsing policies, it'll be interesting to see how it moves forward. We all obviously have a lot to learn, it should be fun.

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Monday Nov 19, 2007

It's that time again. Opensolaris users in London

OpenSolaris: Innovation MattersThe next meeting of the London Open Solaris User Group (losug) is due to be held this Wednesday,Nov 21st i.e. tomorrow at Sun's Customer Briefing Centre, Regis House on Lower King William St. The agenda has been posted at their site, and is about HA Clustering. On another note, I don't expect to go to the December meeting as it's on my birthday, but it is due on 19th December, other details as normal.

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Sunday Oct 14, 2007

Open Solaris users in London on Wednesday

OpenSolaris: Innovation Matters The next meeting of the London Open Solaris User Group (losug) is due to be held  this Wednesday, Oct 17th at Sun's Customer Briefing Centre, Regis House on Lower King William St. The agenda has been posted at their site, and is about LDOMS. Once again, I have been unable to give people both a two week and two day notice of these meetings, and since two days notice would be tomorrow, I shan't bother as its too close to this notice to be useful.

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Tuesday Oct 02, 2007

Slow cruise to Nevada

Despite having a very hectic week, I finally finished a Live Update on my Solaris partition and have enscripted it, so it shouldn't be so hard next time. I had to fix my zfs checkpointing routines as while I had turned it on to protect my work against stupidity, I wasn't deleting them. I have amended the Gnome startup scripts to invoke $HOME/.gnome.login and the .gnome.logout is also invoked appropriately, and .gnome.logout creates a snapshot. The main reason for doing this is that I am unsure that Gnome runs the login shells exit scripts, and not all shells have these. However my poor code also means that root won't start a JDS session any more. I am going to claim this as a security enhancement. :(

My interest and use of  ZFS and Live Update has all been inspired by Chris Gerhard who documents his ideas at The dot in ...---... Live Update is also a coming technology, so I think it's important for me to get to grips with it. 

I am now considering how to write a tcl/tk wrapper for my LU script as I am still a number of versions behind.This meant I still had to amend the grub menu.lst by hand and refresh the boot archive manually. (The latter requirement may have been caused by me, but now I know how easy it is to mount the shadow BE, I shan't leave it for so long again.) I must remember that the reboot command is probably best issued from a root failsafe session.

Tuesday Sep 18, 2007

Open Solaris tomorrow

OpenSolaris: Innovation Matters The next meeting of the London Open Solaris User Group (losug) is due to be held  tomorrow on Wednesday, Sept 19th at Sun's Customer Briefing Centre, Regis House on Lower King William St. Jon Haslam is talking.

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Sunday Jul 15, 2007

Open Solaris users in London on Wednesday

OpenSolaris: Innovation Matters The next meeting of the London Open Solaris User Group (losug) is due to be held  this Wednesday, July 18th at Sun's Customer Briefing Centre, Regis House on Lower King William St. The agenda has been posted at their site. Over the last couple of months I have tried to give people a two week and two day notice of these meetings but have failed this time, and since two days notice would be tomorrow, I shan't bother as its too close to this notice to be useful.

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Monday Jun 18, 2007

Opensolaris in London tomorrow!

OpenSolaris: Innovation Matters The next meeting of the London Open Solaris User Group (losug) is due to be held  tomorrow on Wednesday, June 2st at Sun's Customer Briefing Centre, Regis House on Lower King William St.

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Wednesday Jun 06, 2007

Opensolaris in London in June

OpenSolaris: Innovation Matters The next meeting of the London Open Solaris User Group (losug) is due to be held  in two weeks time on Wednesday, June 21st at Sun's Customer Briefing Centre, Regis House on Lower King William St. As ever, check out their page for full and final details.

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Monday May 14, 2007

Opensolaris in London, tomorrow!

OpenSolaris: Innovation Matters The next meeting of the London Open Solaris User Group (losug) is due to be held  tomorrow on Wednesday, May 16th at Sun's Customer Briefing Centre, Regis House on Lower King William St.

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Tuesday May 01, 2007

Opensolaris in London in May

OpenSolaris: Innovation Matters The next meeting of the London Open Solaris User Group (losug) is due to be held  in two weeks time on Wednesday, May 16th  at Sun's Customer Briefing Centre, Regis House on Lower King William St.

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Monday Apr 16, 2007

LOSUG

The next meeting of the London Open Solaris User Group (losug) is due to be held  tomorrow on Wednesday, April 18th at Sun's Customer Briefing Centre, Regis House on Lower King William St.

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