Mobile Experience with OpenSolaris

Yesterday I had my first experience with being truely mobile with my laptop running OpenSolaris.  Before this mobile just meant running it different places in my house.  I spent about an hour working from a library with wifi access.   Attempting to do this with an older version of Solaris in the past would certainly be possible but not an easy task but I was suprised how smoothly it went.  The saving grace is NWAM.   I did have some problems with it at first and had to give it a kick by restarting it. This is done by invoking "pfexec svcadm restart nwam".  Once that was done a pop up window came up with the library's networks.   Once I clicked on a network and logged in via a browser I was good to go.  No messing with config files or anything.

Thanks to some of the new power management features battery life was fine.  According to battery applet's estiamte I had almost two hours of battery life while I used email, a web browser, and SSH.

The one feature that I am waiting for to perfect OpenSolaris for me as a mobile OS would be suspend and maybe hibernate.   That would really go a long way to extend battery life.

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