Solaris on the laptop finally
By christophersaul on Mar 07, 2005
Solaris x86 is now happily installed. Steps I took, inefficiently - Laptop had a Windows C and D drive, Linux root and Linux swap When installing Solaris, the install process could only see the Windows C drive and the Linux parttitions, so I deleted the Linux partitions using fdisk from the JDS install CD to see if it made any difference. Solaris still only saw the Windows C drive. Since all I had was some downloads and other stuff that was backed up elsewhere I installed Solaris, recreating a 35GB D partition in fdisk, aloong with a 10GB partition as part of the install. I used text mode as I'd read somewhere that the graphical install didn't allow you to use fdisk to create partitions – not sure if that's true or not. After installation Windows saw a D drive but didn't recognise it as FAT and wanted to format it. XP will only let you format with NTFS, which would be no good for cross mounting it to Solaris to use it as a shared data drive between the two Oses. Based on advice from one of the Solaris x86 install fest guys at CEC I downloaded a Linux system rescue CD and used the QT based partition tool to format the drive with FAT. I can now access it from both Solaris and Windows. Still on the list are sorting out Solaris running at full 1400x1050 resolution on the Toshiba Tecra I have. There's an internal site with xorg,conf settings I need to play with. After that I just need to install the Solaris 10 companion software and set up pkg-get ot get anything else I need. Seeing Solaris on my own laptop and seeing everyone installing it on their laptops at CEC was incredible when you think that only recently there was such a question mark hanging over Soalris x86. I'm looking forward ot using it as my default desktop OS and playing with zones and other nice stuff when I have spare moments sitting in planes. To make things perfect there's apparently a beta version of a driver for the Tecra's wireless card somewhere on SWAN, which should mean I can use Solaris pretty much exclusively.