OpenSolaris 2010.02 on EeePC 1000: Out-Of-The-Box!!!
By arnaud on Oct 02, 2009
As usual, I try to give as much away in my titles as I can. This one is no different: it just works....
With 2009.06, you needed to build your own drivers for ethernet and wifi. Pretty much a non starter for 99% of users, understandably so: when it just works for Linux and Windows, why sweat it on OpenSolaris ?
Now that dilemma is behind us: I installed an early access of 2010.02 (OpenSolaris b124) and when the installation was done, everything worked: a whole new experience for me on OpenSolaris. I almost EXPECT to have to fiddle with a driver, a config file, an SMF service that doesn't start, ..., something.
In this case: nothing! Simultaneously gratifying and almost disappointing. I mean, even on my desktop OpenSolaris required some elbow grease to work the way I wanted, but in this case, the coveted prize of a functional system would be handed to me without even the hint of a fight ? ... unusual, to say the least.
And that's good. I used to say that Solaris is the certainly best server OS and just as certainly the worst desktop OS, but this one shot has me wondering... maybe the Sun engineers have covered some of the ground that separates OpenSolaris from Linux. Granted, there's still ways to go! Yes the embedded 1.3 Mega Pixels webcam works but the quality of the picture is perfectible and I don't think it is the hardware... to be fair, Sun has to write their own drivers for everything so I'm even surprised it worked at all, so that pretty good!
Now there is on rather big bummer though...it does suspend but doesn't resume. Pretty big issue for a laptop which is -because of its form factor- bound to be used on the go. If I can make it work, I will post here. If you have had success make resume work, drop me a line!