Thursday Apr 30, 2009

New Time Slider features coming up in OpenSolaris 2009.06

We've made a number of enhancements for Time Slide in OpenSolaris 2009.06.
Under the hood nautilus visualization is now fully multithreaded. This means that you can now browse directories with more than 4000 snapshots without noticeable slowdown (That's more than 3000 years of snapshots if you use the default timeslider snapshot schedule !).

On the visualization side, the interface has been polished and we've added the possibility to manually snapshot a directory (either by right-clicking on a directory and selecting the "snapshot now" menu item or in time slider mode by clicking on the camera icon).

screenshot of the snapshot button in action

You can also delete snapshots manually while browsing through time by clicking on the delete button.

screenshot of the snapshot delete button in action

or by using the delete dialog in the time slider setup dialog (System -> Administration -> time slider setup)

screenshot of time-slider delete dialog

We also added another way to browse a given file history. You can access it by right-clicking on a file and then select the "explore versions" item. If no other versions are available then this item is disabled.

screenshot of how to access time-slider-version

You can then browse the different versions of the selected file.

screenshot of time-slider-version display different versions of a file

If you're exploring the history of a text file (be it code and plain text). You can compare visually the difference between the two versions. You just need to select a older version and then click the compare button. If you have meld installed (available from the IPS repo), meld will display the two versions of the file side by side.

Wednesday Dec 10, 2008

Time Slider Screencast

For the official launch of Opensolaris 2008.11, I've made a 3 min screencast that explains how to enable and use time slider. The zfs based backup system introduced in OpenSolaris 2008.11.


A lower resolution video is available on dailymotion. If for some reason you cannot view the video below you can view it on sun's mediacast site.

If you want in more information about OpenSolaris 2008.11 in general, check out Glynn's What's new page and Roman's screencast.


Thursday May 01, 2008

Compiz integrated in OpenSolaris 2008.05


Compiz is now available out of the box in OpenSolaris 2008.05 (and also since nevada build 85).

To enable it you just need to start the GNOME appearance preference dialog. You do not need to install additional packages everything is integrated :)
It is located on Opensolaris 2008.05 under System->Preferences->Appearance-> Visual effect tab.


appearance location in OpenSolaris 2008.05


In nevada it's located under Start Menu->Preferences->Appearance-> Visual effect tab


appearance location in nevada


If your system is capable of running compiz you'll see the following dialog :



visual effect tab screenshot


To enable compiz select either the normal or extra settings and that's it :)

If you want to customize your compiz fusion plugins settings you can access the compiz settings manager either via the preferences button or via system->preferences->CompizConfig Settings Manager.


If you are presented with these choices and you know your hardware doesn't support compiz you might be hitting bug 1408.


If you find bugs in either the desktop integration of compiz or compiz itself let me know by logging a bug at defect.opensolaris.org.

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