Monday Oct 06, 2008

Solaris 10 Applications Library on BigAdmin

The new Solaris 10 Applications Library is now live on BigAdmin:

http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/apps/

Wednesday Apr 30, 2008

Suspend resume on Toshiba M3

Eventually, the suspend resume capability is working on my Toshiba Tecra M3. And that's pretty cool!

To suspend, just run the command #uadmin 3 20 (You have to be root)

The system goes in "sleep" state in about three seconds. 

You can then go away and take your coffee. And furthermore, you feel less guilty as you save power and your act is eco-responsible :=)

coffe icon 

To resume the laptop, just push your power button again and your system is up again in the same state as you let it.

I am running Nevada build 86. 

My very good friend Jérome help me at configuring the uadmin command as a profiled command with RBAC. This way, you do not need to start a terminal to run the command. You just add a Gnome Launcher. You can do it yourself in five steps. See the step by step instructions below:

1) First, edit a simple script for that command and save it as file sysresume:

#!/bin/ksh -p
#
#
# Allow the use of RBAC to control who can access this script. Useful for
# administrators without root permissions
#
if [ "$_" != "/usr/bin/pfexec" -a -x /usr/bin/pfexec ]; then
       /usr/bin/pfexec $0 $\*
       exit $?
fi

/usr/sbin/uadmin 3 20

2) Add the following line in your /etc/security/exec_attr
sysresume:suser:cmd:::/home/dmerle/Tools/sysresume:uid=0

3) Add the following line in your /etc/security/prof_attr file
sysresume:::sysresume profile:

4)  Add the profile sysresume in your /etc/user_attr
dmerle::::type=normal;profiles=Ginetmenu,punchin,sysresume;auths=solaris.network.wifi.config,solaris.network.wifi.wep;defaultpriv=basic,dtrace_proc,dtrace_kernel

5) Add a Gnome Launcher:

Right click on the background and select "Create Launcher". Choose the icon you like, mine is coffee, and insert your sysresume path:

Icon

Tuesday Apr 15, 2008

Solaris 10 update 5

Solaris 10 update 5 est disponible ici.

Les nouveautés de cette version sont décrites ici. 

Friday Apr 04, 2008

Remote Desktop in nevada

54-60-63-67-76-82-86 : These are the nevada builds i put on my laptop since december 2006.

I only performed upgrades. Gnome desktop has made a lot of progress since 54. 

The last feature i am using is Remote Desktop.

I can share my desktop with colleagues and show them applications or sites executing on my desktop.

For this, go in Preferences, Remote Desktop and you allow the sharing of your desktop:

vnc 

Your are then presented with the screen below : you can share and / or allow remote users to take control of your desktop. 

sharingg desktop 

Then, from a remote location, you start your browser and connect to http://Desktop_IP_adress:5800. You are connected to the desktop.
 

Saturday Mar 22, 2008

Milax: the smallest Solaris

I just made a try at Milax: the smallest Solaris, the size is about 91MB.

So download time is fairly reduced, compared to the previous Solaris distribution (6 CDs) 

Then, i simply burn it on a CD. Time to burn is also very quick: less than 2 minutes.

By the way, burning a CD on Solaris Express is no longer a nightmare. You just start Nautilus, locate your .iso file you downloaded, and right click on it and choose burn a CD.

And there you are, you get the Milax grub:

3D

Twenty second later, you can connect with login alex and password alex:

Then if you want to have X, just type in startx

Monday Dec 24, 2007

Solaris Install Fest

I hesitated to name this post : "The cobbler's children go barefoot" = "Le coordonnier le plus mal chaussé"

Last friday, just before Christmas, we had the first Solaris InstallFest @Sun France in Velizy. Kudos to William and Quentin who organized the Nevada installation. Ten of our colleagues were present and satisfied with the installation.

The idea of the InstallFest is that anybody willing to boot Solaris on his PC comes to the installFest. Together, we are stronger than being alone. The installFest spirit : everyone help each other and tips and tricks circulates between the attendees. You do not come with your PC and get back later to see if someone has installed it for you. This would be the wrong attitude.

We installed Solaris Express build 78 and 79. A Cepedia (Sun internal wiki) page has been written by Quentin and William. You will get here the InstallFest guide.

You will be able to runCompiz (3D Desktop), vpn, mount your home directory, wifi, etc...and make presentations with OpenOffice not on Windows but on Solaris!

After such a success, William and Quentin will certainly reiterate this install fest next quarter.

See Wiiliam and Quentin answering questions to attendees (standing up on the photo 's right). What's funny with this situation, it 's that Quentin and William are the younger in the assistance and actually are trainee.

3D
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