Saturday Jun 28, 2008

INSTALLING APPLICATIONS ON SOLARIS

The major issue comes in any operating system is with installing applications. When ever we start working with any operating system we would like to install different applications on our system. In solaris the application installation is different. Every application comes in form of a package which contains all the necessary installation files, and directories.


For solaris there are online repositories which contains packages providing their installation to the user like blastwave.org or sunfreeware.com. Installing any application and running it is very easy, just a few commands are required to understand.Let say i have to install a gcc package on my system


(1) Go to any online repository, lets say www.blastwave.org


(2) The primary requirement to get a package from here is to install a package pkg-get firs. After installing this package you can install any application with one command.


(3) For installing pkg-get, go to the terminal and type


        # pkgadd -d http://www.blastwave.org/pkg_get.pkg


With this command the package pkg-get will get installed. The package will get installed in the directory /opt/csw/bin


(4) For using the command pkg-get either you have to set your path to /opt/csw/bin or you can give the full path at the terminal


(5) Now for installing gcc, you just need to give one command


# /opt/csw/bin/pkg-get -i gcc


(please check the name of the package from the blastwave packages list, the name should be written correctly)


Any application can be installed on the system by using pkg-get command. If you have installed any application like mplayer and wants to run it, you just need to do one more step


# cd /opt/csw/bin          ( This should be the path where you applications gets installed)


# ./mplayer


This is just a simple way for installing applications on the solaris system. You just need to know 2-3 commands and you can install any application on your system. 







SOUND ON SOLARIS

Getting sound on your system is one of the primary needs of a user after installing an operating system. For Unix systems, the sound drivers are provided by open sound system. In Unix systems everything comes in form of Packages containing installations files, directories and dependencies.If you want sound on your solaris system you just need to follow the following basic steps:-


(1) Open the browser and go to the url www.opensound.com


(2) Click on the download tab on the left hand side of the page. It is the second tab from top.


(3) Click on open sound system in the given images.


(4) Now it will ask you to select the operating system for which you wnat to download the package. Select the correct version and the correct processor. If you are using SXDE, you can choose Solaris10/11


(5) Now it will take you to the download page. Click on the link given to installed the required package.


(6) Open the terminal and went to the location using cd where you had saved the package.


(7) #pkgadd -d <name_of_package>


Now you can enjoy sound on your solaris operating system.



Wednesday Jun 25, 2008

HOW TO USE SECONDLIFE IN SOLARIS

As you all know Second Life is the most upcoming thing in present scenario. It is a virtual 3-D world created by its residents. From the time it was invented, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by millions of residents. And you know what is great about it that its membership is totally free means that you can have a virtual world of entertainment, intelligence, experiences and opportunity. Just look at the way it is benefiting its users. All benefits at no cost. Its cool na. To know more about second life, visit http://secondlife.com/


(1) To be a part of Second life you have to first go for its membership, where first you need to select your second life community, https://secure-web4.secondlife.com/join/


(2) After that you need to enter your second life name. Be careful while selecting as it can't be changed afterwards, then you have to give your birth date and then your e-mail address.


(3) After that you have to download the software for second life and install it on your system. Depending upon your operating system there are downloads given like for Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac systems, linux. http://www.secondlife.com/community/downloads.php


(4) The software of secondlife for solaris is not given there. You can get it from here, http://www.zshare.net/download/141741526b8ae3f7/ (this package works fine with x86 systems, no idea of sparc with this package)


(5) Download the package and save it to any location you want to.


(6) For all the operating systems other than solaris the way to install is given on secondlife page. For solaris,


         (a) open the terminal


         (b) go to the location where you had saved the tar ball 


         (c) bash-3.00# gunzip s.pkg.tar.gz


         (d) bash-3.00# tar -xvf s.pkg.tar


         (c) bash-3.00# pkgadd -d s.pkg                                    


         (d) check the installation directory.In most of the cases it is opt.


         (e) bash-3.00# cd /opt/secondlife/bin


         (f) bash-3.00# ./secondlife wait for some time.it will take time to load


(7) A welcome screen will appear now, where you have to enter your second life name and then the password. For getting your password you have to check your mail ID. Your second life name and password will be there only.


(8) After that you have to accept terms and conditions and now you can enjoy the second life......

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