Toshiba's New OpenSolaris Laptops Shipping

The new Toshiba laptops are shipping with OpenSolaris 2008.11. Buy now.


This is fantastic! As soon as they release these for Australia i'll be ordering one. Not to mention that even when comparing to Toshiba's retail prices these are excellent value for money. particularly with the included 1 year of Sun support.

Jim I'm not sure if you have the connections with the guys organising this but wouldn't it be a good idea to have accessories such as the 'port replicator" options available through OpenSolaris Store also.

Posted by Ché Kristo on April 02, 2009 at 06:01 AM JST #

Great news Jim, I think one of that could be my next laptop!!!

Posted by Luca Morettoni on April 02, 2009 at 11:09 AM JST #

Toshiba get serious kudos in my books for doing this.

Posted by Dave on April 02, 2009 at 12:53 PM JST #

I prefer my netbook - the Tecra is too big and the Portege is just too pricy. But a great initiative, and hopefully something that might lead to more consumer oriented OpenSolaris products.

'These products are available to US customers only and may be shipped only to US addresses.'


Posted by moo on April 02, 2009 at 04:04 PM JST #

It is nice to see alternatives to Microsoft on laptops. I have managed to get OpenSolaris running nicely on my Acer Aspire one thanks to Eko Wahyudiharto's blog (from Jakarta) and Dave Clack's (from Sun OEM in Ocean Shore, WA). I suspect it will be a while before I see Toshiba's pre-installed laptops here in Phnom Penh.

Why do all the netbook manufacturers pre-install hobbled versions of Linux instead of a mainstream distro like Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora or OpenSuse? Linpus is a fork of Fedora 7 which comes pre-installed on the Acer's does not even get security updates because Fedora 7 is end of life.

A mainstream distro would give users a more positive experience and enable them to install loads of additional free software and updates.

A well configured netbook OpenSolaris mix may be a great opportunity for the community.

Posted by Paul Harper on April 02, 2009 at 04:48 PM JST #

I'm tempted! Nice specs on the 14.1 laptops... however if I invest in one of these what will happen with opensolaris as it looks as though IBM-SUN deal is getting closer? I would assume opensolaris is free from the shackles of this deal but I'm not certain. The other thing is if opensolaris gets to continue unhindered will we still see the great support that we have had from Intel, Adobe & others. I know all of these questions may be unanswerable now but I hope this will not stop peoples opinions on what will happen.

Posted by tempted on April 03, 2009 at 05:42 AM JST #

It's Nice,

Waiting for free laptop give away to us :))

Posted by Bayu Krisnawan on April 03, 2009 at 06:06 AM JST #

Bayu ... free? You want \*free\* hardware? :)

Posted by jimgris on April 03, 2009 at 06:11 AM JST #

Dave ... I agree. I was actually surprised that Toshiba was the first vendor in the OpenSolaris laptop game. I met the team in Japan a while back, and they seem quite jazzed about it all. It is new for Sun and for Toshiba.

Posted by jimgris on April 03, 2009 at 06:13 AM JST #

moo ... from what I understand, the initial program is a pilot, basically. Only available in certain markets. After that it will be global. Not sure the timing on it, but probably about 6 months or so.

Posted by jimgris on April 03, 2009 at 06:16 AM JST #


That is good news. Perhaps when I'm looking to upgrade from my netbook (at some point £300 is going to buy more computer than Atom+GMA945..) there will be an OpenSolaris option available. Provided that IBM doesn't buy Sun and cuts all maintenance of it and forks the good bits of it into AIX or something.

Posted by moo on April 03, 2009 at 05:29 PM JST #

Toshiba laptop price is not high in Bangladesh. Price starts from 37900 taka which is USD$557 . For details price list you can visit

Posted by turjo on April 05, 2009 at 11:31 PM JST #

Acer is in the top 5, and I thought about that when writing the statement, what I am really talking about is known to consumers, and I was thinking about those people who generally go to buy a computer at a physical store/aren’t too involved in technology. Also I’m talking more about the US where people recognize Sony, HP, Dell, and others before Acer. I might edit the statement in my review if I have a chance so it better reflects that.

Posted by Used Refurbished Laptops on April 12, 2009 at 03:02 PM JST #

Glad to see that these are shipping in the U.S. Hopefully, they'll ship in Canada soon.

Having said that, I'm extremely pleased with my MacBook Pro. The hardware is better, since it has the superior trackpad, the Mini DisplayPort connector, Firewire, and it's easy to upgrade the parts. Best of all, it allows me to run OpenSolaris inside of VirtualBox or any other OS.

Still, it's good to see competition to Windows, Linux and Mac in the laptop space.

BTW, who's the target market for these machines other than Sun employees.

Posted by Luke deGruchy on April 14, 2009 at 09:48 PM JST #

@jim: Bayu ... free? You want \*free\* hardware? :)

Haha.. Free? Is it possible? The cheapest price for toshiba laptop $1,099.00. It mean 1,099x10000 = 10,099,000 (IDR Rp) Wow. That's expensive for us.

NX6320 from my company seem work good for OpenSolaris. I can still play with it.

Posted by Bayu Krisnawan on April 27, 2009 at 08:04 PM JST #

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