Upgrade to OpenSolaris "build 100"

Upgrading my, well Sun's, ageing Toshiba Tecra M2 that is running OpenSolaris to that latest bits based on nevada 100 was harder than I would have liked.

  1. The new nvidia driver does not support the chipset on the M2. You have to un-install the nvidia drivers and install the beta “legacy” drivers (NVIDIA-Solaris-x86-173.14.12.run). Without this the configuration I ended up with was truly horrible.

  2. The system would panic when I booted the old build 99 boot environment. This is mentioned in the comments on Stephen Hahn's blog entry. Needless to say I only found the workaround later.

  3. The auto-snapshot & timeslider packages were not installed by default. Easy to fix

pkg install pkg:/SUNWgnome-time-slider@0.5.11-0.100
pkg install pkg:/SUNWzfs-auto-snapshot@0.5.11-0.100

    Even after installing the packages they had to be manually enabled in smf. I don't understand why they did not get updated and am left wondering what other new features have not been installed.

I have also reinstalled the frkit in a vain attempt to get some battery life out of the system. Judging by my attempt to use the laptop on battery power in the airport this has not had a dramatic impact on the battery. However the system no longer feels hot to the touch. Top tip with frkit is to use beadm to create a snapshot of the current BE before running the script. That way if it does not work you can boot a boot environment that still works.

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