Sunday Aug 19, 2007

Deconstructing Solaris

Solaris is an unending source of amusement for me, possibly because I am rather easily amused. First I backed off from using the Java Desktop System in favor of the simpler FVWM window manager. Then tonight I thought, hmmm, why not try running with no window manager at all?

I'm actually kind of surprised that it worked. I logged into a Solaris failsafe session, which gave me a command line in a terminal emulator, but no desktop. Then, from the command line I just typed "Firefox", and here I am, typing in my blog. I can't move the browser window around, and there are no buttons to resize it or  minimize it. I can't even get back to the command line without closing Firefox. Now I see why people invented window managers.

But I can still write my blog quite nicely in a browser window that fills most of the screen. Sort of a minimalist, Zen-like Solaris experience.

This is way cool. I feel a bit like a medical student learning anatomy by dissecting a cadaver. I'm learning about Solaris by deconstructing it piece by piece.

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