Saturday Sep 20, 2008

Office Advert

There is an amazing Advert running on local radio at the moment. The premise is that you don't need to waste money on expensive brand name trainers but to get the best out or education then you have to have Microsoft Office 2008. The irony of the add is that you would be wasting your money not on brand name trainers but instead on a“brand name” office suite.

Of course for infinitely less, yes free, you can have OpenOffice.org.

I know I've been here before but it is worth repeating.

Tuesday May 13, 2008

OpenSolaris laptop

I've just side graded (I can't really call is an upgrade or a downgrade it is just different so side grade it is) to OpenSolaris 2008.05 from Nevada build 86 on my laptop (Toshiba Tecra M2).

# uname -a     
SunOS principia 5.11 snv_86 i86pc i386 i86pc Solaris
# cat /etc/release
                        OpenSolaris 2008.05 snv_86_rc3 X86
           Copyright 2008 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
                        Use is subject to license terms.
                             Assembled 26 April 2008
# 

Before the side-grade I used zfs send -R | zfs receive -n to push my existing home directories and other data onto an external USB disk drive and then after the upgrade used the same trick to get the file systems back. This did get me to hit bug 6700597 (you can not use zfs send -R | zfs receive of file system that have non default mount points) which was disconcerting but easy to work around. Actually the easiest way was simply to do the backup and restore while booted form the live CD then after importing the pools you just do "zfs umount -a" so nothing is mounted. I'm now selectively pulling files and directories off the back up so that I can work but don't loose the unique OpenSolaris feel.


I have had to add OpenOffice using the new IPS system. All was very slick, not fast, but I was hammering the disk at the time restoring the ZFS file systems from the previous install and also running a ufsrestore of the old root disk so I still have every thing.


pfexec pkg install openoffice

was all that was required. I'm now getting used to the very very slightly different look and feel of OpenOffice as opposed to StarOffice which is easier than getting used to bash having been a long term ksh users. Given that the rest of the family are happy with StarOffice I don't think I will confuse things further by side-grading, actually down-grading, my home server to OpenSolaris and thus move to OpenOffice.

Update. It did not take me long to realize what I was missing. Yes a complier. I have a horrible feeling that somewhere in the past I have said: "It will be a cold day in Hell the day I need an office suite before I need a compiler.". It seems that that cold day has arrived.

Anyway reasolving this was not hard thanks to Getting Started With the Image Packaging System which leads you to the following commands:

cjg@principia:~$ pfexec pkg install sunstudioexpress
DOWNLOAD                                    PKGS       FILES     XFER (MB)
Completed                                  10/10   8353/8353 624.55/624.55 

PHASE                                        ACTIONS
Install Phase                            11882/11882 
cjg@principia:~$

and at the same time in another window:

cjg@principia:~$ pfexec pkg install netbeans
DOWNLOAD                                    PKGS       FILES     XFER (MB)
Completed                                  17/17   5420/5420 339.92/339.92 

PHASE                                        ACTIONS
Install Phase                              6393/6393 
cjg@principia:~$
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