Tuesday Jul 01, 2008

What I like with OpenSolaris 2008.05 (build 91)

One of the advantages of using  OpenSolaris 2008.05 based distribution is that  you can very easily upgrade to the latest bleeding edge changes that is happening within Open Solaris projects.  - thanks to IPS based repository updates. So, if you would like to try out these bleeding edge developments , then you might want to subscribe to opensolaris-announce  mailing alias to know about the latest OS updates available. Accordingly, this blog describes as to how simple is to upgrade to build 91 within OpenSolaris 2008.05.

So, what excites me with OpenSolaris 2008.05 (build 91) is that I can now mount an ISO image (DVD or CD) in a single command and the mount(1M) command will automatically figure out that it is an ISO image and will use lofiadm(1M) command in the back end and mount accordingly.

For example, I can now mount an ISO image in OpenSolaris by doing something like

pfexec pkg /usr/sbin/mount -F hsfs -o ro  /export/home/sriramn/solarisdvd.iso /mnt

Af course, for a Linux guy - he is used to ยดloop'  mount options all along to mount stuffs like this. Finally, I am glad that now this is possible within  OpenSolaris as well.

Sunday Jun 29, 2008

Check out this PHP programming book..

I was looking around for a good web site to refresh my PHP skills and I ran into this nice Practical PHP programming book . Found to be quite useful especially for some one who already is familiar with other programming languages. If you happen to know any other good PHP programming book - for experienced programmers , I would appreciate if you can share it with me..

Wednesday Jun 25, 2008

Catch us at #opensolaris-web IRC channel

Thanks to Nick Kew , engineers involved within  Web Stack and Cool Stack projects are now hanging out  in #opensolaris-web  IRC channel on freenode.net . Feel free to drop by and participate ...

Now, if you wonder what the heck is this IRC - you are probably better of checking out this great Wikipedia link (where else would you go!).

To connect to #opensolaris-web , you can either

  • choose your favorite IRC client which will run on your machine. 
  • Use  Pidgin - an IRC-capable instant messaging client included within OpenSolaris distributions;
  • Use  Chatzilla add-on to Firefox, the above channel links should work just fine.

and check out this Using the network and How to participate in IRC communication to get you started.

Do drop a note, if you would appreciate a blog on how to get Pidgin (that is what I use) to connect to this channel.

See ya... 

How to automatically start my applications within OpenSolaris 2008.05

Now that I am a proud OpenSolaris 2008.05 convert and have started using OpenSolaris both on my Toshiba Tecra M2 laptop as well as on my Sun Ultra-40 workstation (needless to say I am quite happy...) I realized that  the best way to learn a OS is use it for your every day task. You just run into some - that you wanted to work in a different way and google your way around until you get what you are looking for.. - no other best way to learn, IMO.

Today, I was looking around to see how I could get my set of applications to start automatically after a system restart - you need this when you are running stuffs on your laptop where you need to shut it down at the end of the day. Now, this feature would allow me to login to OpenSolaris desktop and have all these applications running automatically without any need to start them individually.

Ok, here we go... it seems that you will need to click on System->Preferences->Sessions . check out these below pictures to get a better grasp of how to get this done.

and then select the third tab to save all the currently running applications.


Af course, if you wanted to have one selected application to start automatically, then you could select the first tab and provide the command to get this application to run automatically every time you login to your laptop.

That's it. Now, your GNOME applications like Instant Messenger client like Pidgin can automatically start up and keep me online ...

Af course, if you like OpenSolaris 2008.05, feel free to subscribe to indiana-discuss mailing list and let us know how it works out for you.

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