Wednesday Feb 13, 2008

My experience in Indiana 2

I'm an early'ish adopter of technology and I like to live what I talk about, so when Sanjay dropped by my office and told me about the latest release of Indian I had to give it a try. The ability to install off a memory stick was really cool, so I jumped in with both feet. (If you want to install off the memory stick, check our Dave Miner's blog entry on the topic) I had already installed SXDE 1/08, but decided to reinstall with Indiana DP 2.


So I grabbed the image, flashed the memory stick and off I want. Here are my thoughts and reactions as I was running ....

  • I have already set up a dual-boot system, but found I couldn't install. I needed to change the partition type of my Solaris partition. A quick trip to fdisk allowed me to change the type. I found some directions at: docs.sun.com

  • Wow this install is fast ... 14 minutes off a memory stick

  • Oh this is interesting, I can't login as root ... I have found out that root is not an account, but a role. The user you create as initial install is the account that is given the role as root.

  • After install I wanted to listen to some music and headed over to my favorite source Pandora and there was no flash support for Firefox. However, I was offered the ability to find the plugin (just like on windows) and to my surprise, the latest version of flash was found and installed with no extra effort on my part!!! Within 30 seconds I was listening to Charlie Parker!

  • What happens when I want to print .... nothing, because there are no config utilities installed. To fix that problem you need to:

    • pfexec pkg search printmgr
    • pfexec pkg install SUNWppm
    • pfexec svcadm enable /application/print/server
    • then run System -> Administration -> Print Manager

As a whole this is has been a great experience and I'm happy to be running Indiana as my day-to-day OS. ... now I've got to give VirtualBox a try. ....


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