Yet Another Desktop/Laptop Usability Step

"Solaris Nevada" build 14 is proving to be another quantum leap for Solaris desktop usability.

I discussed the new USB hotplug support in vold before, but in the last few days we've also gotten the virtual keyboard/mouse driver in the next Solaris release. People often complained about the fact that their laptop keyboard died until the next reboot when they plugged in a USB or other keyboard. Well, not anymore! We now have virtualized keyboard and mouse drivers which collect events from all available keyboards and present them through a single virtual keyboard and mouse. It is also still possible to use the devices as seprate devices in case you have a multi-head/multi-user environment, but for the common case of a single system with multiple keyboard (laptop + keyboard) this is another big step.

You can plug in the other keyboard at any time, running under X or the commandline, it just works.
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It is also still possible to use the devices as seprate devices in case you have a multi-head/multi-user environment

Can you suggest any links to documentation for how to do this? I tried to find some and failed, finding only information for how to set up a multi-head X server. We have some machines which were supposed to be multi-head/multi-user but currently support only a single user.

Posted by Eric on April 26, 2005 at 06:05 PM MEST #

In order to run multi user, multi headed configurations you need to configure multiple Xservers in /etc/dt/config/Xservers.

I think that Xsun on x86 has several problems in this area, not being able to let go of /dev/console.

For SPARC and Xorg on x86 this should be possible as long as you succeed in separating out the different devices. For SPARC Xsun, you'd list them on the commandline; for Xorg you'd generate two different Xorg.conf files and pass those on the command line. It is possible that keyboards/mice will need to be plugged in in fixed USB ports, but in a fixed multi user environment that should not be much of a restriction.

Posted by Casper Dik on April 27, 2005 at 09:20 AM MEST #

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