Solaris 10, SunRays, and even JDS3 Linux...

I realize that it has been a while since my last posting, so I wanted to provide a quick update as to some fun I had over the holiday break. I am planning on providing some new security content in the very near future. As an aside, for those who prefer a more structured format, the Sun BluePrints will be publishing a few of my articles (with new and updated content) later this month.

Anyway, during the holiday, I decided to tackle two things. First, I upgraded my home Ultra 10 to Solaris 10 (build 74). The installation process was completely smooth and without incident. I had everything up and running in a hour or so. With that out of the way, I then installed the (version 3.0). This too worked out of the box (or CD has the case may be) without any problems. So, in just a few hours, I found myself with an Ultra 10 with SRSS 3.0 on Solaris 10 - ready for action.

To go with this setup, I recently purchased 3 Sun Ray 150 clients. My goal is spread them throughout the house so that people can have easy access to the network using a comfortable user interface. In fact, my son, who is going to be three in a few days, is going to get one for his birthday! (Sssh! Don't tell him!)

Using the Sun Ray Server Software kiosk mode, I can give him easy access to the web content of his choosing like PBS Kids and Noggin making him have to login to a system, start a browser, etc. Quick and painless. The only thing that I needed to do beyond what I have described above was install the Macromedia Flash plugin for Solaris so that he could play some of the games at the sites above.

Now that all of that software and hardware had been tested, I turned my eyes to my laptop. I have been running beta (pre-release) versions of JDS Linux on my primary (read: only) laptop since the very first release of the software. As such, I jumped at the chance to participate in the JDS3 Linux beta program. So, with reckless abandon, I wiped my laptop and dropped down the JDS3 Linux bits. I am in fact typing up this blog entry from my freshly installed system. For those who are curious, so far so good. I installed JDS3 a few days ago and have already seen a significant improvement a number of areas including support for hardware devices. I am using a Toshiba M2 (1.7GHz, 512M, 60G, NVidia GeForce FX Go5200, 1000BT, 802.11abg).

I have it running currently using an external monitor (@ 1280x1024), but I have also been using its LCD (@ 1400x1050). Both the wired and wireless network adapters were recognized and worked out of the box. In fact, the only software that I loaded on the system (beyond what was available on the JDS disks) was the Cisco VPN client and some networking and security utilities that I use for my "day job".

Anyway, I have to run - post-break work pileup. If you have questions on any of the above, please let me know. Take care!

Glenn

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