Mobile Experience with OpenSolaris
By Bill Rushmore III on Sep 10, 2008
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.