Tuesday May 22, 2007

BeleniX 0.6 is out!

Yippee!

Moinak released BeleniX 0.6 today. And, the coolest part - he has got Compiz to work.

In his words:

After quite a gap BeleniX 0.6 is now available. Following is a summary
of the main changes. See http://www.belenix.org/ for more details,
known issues/TODOs.

\* Based on OpenSolaris Build 60
\* Full Modular Xorg 7.2 based on the Solaris X Consolidation sources
  The full modular sources are available at:
  http://www.belenix.org/binfiles/X-src-20070410-full-modular.tar.bz2

\* Compiz 0.5.0 3D Manager integrated into Xfce and KDE. Nvidia driver
  included
  The Compiz port is a result of the work done by Erwann Chenede:
  http://blogs.sun.com/erwann/entry/compiz_0_5_0_packages

\* Added the GNU Parted port to OpenSolaris and also added GParted
  with the ability to resize NTFS(Vista & XP via ntfsprogs 1.13.1), FAT,
  EXT2 (e2fsprogs) - this is work in progress, feedback requested.
  The Parted port is available here:
  http://code.google.com/p/solaris-parted

\* Compact Bourne Shell (similar to busybox).
\* Ksh93 bundled in. This is not yet the default ksh but should become
 the default in 0.6.1.
\* Create pseudo devices for logical partitions via a lofi extension.
\* Usbdump integrated into the LiveCD.

\* Bundled FOSS updates, Xfce 4.4.1, Ktorrent, Koffice 1.6.2 components
  etc.
\* Integrated the iSCSI initiator from Network Storage.
\* OpenSolaris Manpages
\* Ability to check for the presence of a Kernel Crashdump on harddisk
 swap before using it.


Very, very, very... cool!
 

Tuesday Apr 17, 2007

Parted for OpenSolaris

Four engineering students of MSRIT, Bangalore and BOSUG members have ported GNU Parted (libparted) to OpenSolaris. This is really good news. It allows for porting several linux only installers to OpenSolaris.

Here is the link to the announcement and the discussion that ensued.

Code can be grabbed from: http://code.google.com/p/solaris-parted

Congratulations to Nikhil Vyakaranam, Sujay Patil, Srivatsa V and Nitin Shekhar! And thanks to Moinak who mentored them.


 


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