Finally, Solaris on my home desktop

Ouch, this blog is really looking neglected. Probably a New Year's resolution to be made there, but that'll wait for a couple weeks, right after the one about procrastination...

This entry is a bit of a celebration, in that I'm finally in a position to run Solaris on my home desktop full-time again. That will undoubtedly seem odd given where I've worked all these years, but there have been a lot of reasons, mostly having to do with hardware support for the Athlon system I built myself a couple of years back, which has a lot of scrounged parts. I have to admit, when I'm spending my own money on computer equipment, I'm a cheapskate, a result of throwing away too many systems before they'd really reached their end of life. Usually, it seems we software types bloat them into submission. Anyway...

I'd been fiddling with putting Solaris on this system for several months now when I'd had a little extra time (which hasn't been often). But I'd been stymied by the Nvidia driver not supporting its video card, a GeForce MX 440 that I got for free from Seb . This was a non-negotiable requirement, because it has dual outputs and can thus run Nvidia's TwinView option to give me the screen real estate that I need. Today, though, I finally succeeded, with Solaris Nevada build 30 (coming to Solaris Express early in 2006), and Nvidia's 1.0-8178 driver. Happiness is a 2560x1024 display, at least today.

But it wasn't complete happiness, because there was still one glitch - duplex printing on my HP PSC-2400 printer. Disappointingly, the Solaris 10 docs didn't have the answer - I'll have to mention that one to Norm and Wendy. But one Google for "duplex printing foomatic" later, I had the answer.

And with that, I think we're at the point where my Linux-developing wife will be retreating to just using her laptop. I'll still keep Ubuntu on the system, as it shows a lot of things we need to do for the Solaris desktop. I just don't need to use it regularly anymore. Evidence that we're moving, a step at a time, back towards desktop viability.

Comments:

Now, if we could just get Gentoo's emerge packaging system running on Nevada, we'd have a really powerful winner. :)

Posted by Justin Clift on March 08, 2006 at 05:45 PM EST #

You might want to start a discussion about that on install-discuss@opensolaris.org. I'm not personally familiar with emerge, but would be interested to know more about it.

Posted by Dave Miner on March 09, 2006 at 03:22 AM EST #

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