If You Build It, They Will Come

The best way to judge the success of any project, open source or not, is the strength of the development community supporting it. Thats why I was happy to come across Murray Blakeman's site today, Solaris Multimedia. Murry runs his own IPS repository with much of the popular multimedia tools the community's been clamoring for. I was hesitant to advertise it here for a couple of reasons. First, Murray only has a 384 kbps link so I'm not sure how much more publicity his site could handle. Second, I don't want to see Murray to suffer the same fate as the the Life with Solaris guys. Ultimately, I decided since he's already out there promoting his site, a little cross-promotion was acceptable. Plus, as I've said, I'm really thankful to the contribution he's making to the OpenSolaris community.

If you decided to try the repository, read his 2009.06 Multimedia Repository post first on how to most effectively use it.


I will come too.

Posted by supra shoes on September 03, 2009 at 07:07 AM GMT #

Hi Brian.

I run OpenSolaris on one of my laptops. Is there an easy way to determine which build is a "good build" to use?

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on September 03, 2009 at 09:15 AM GMT #

Hi Eduardo,

If you are referring to the development builds of OpenSolaris, I tend to avoid them. Therefore, I am running 2009.06, which is build 111b.


Posted by Brian Leonard on September 03, 2009 at 10:18 AM GMT #

We have the same meta problem on the GlassFish v3 side. The good news is that it is very easy to upgrade the packages. The bad news is that it is very easy to upgrade the packages.

So, right now, I am running some version of OpenSolaris, but I don't really know which one :-(.

On the GF side, I know how to untangle myself: I download the latest GFv3 Preview into a fresh directory and upgrade that with the latest packages. v3 preview has the right preferred repository, so everything works fine.

How do I do the same on OpenSolaris? I'll browse a bit around; hopefully it is an FAQ.

Posted by eduardo pelegri-llopart on September 03, 2009 at 10:34 AM GMT #

Look at your /etc/release file. Here's mine:

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ cat /etc/release
OpenSolaris 2009.06 snv_111b X86
Copyright 2009 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Use is subject to license terms.
Assembled 07 May 2009

And as long as I don't install the development repository, I will remain on build 111b until the next release of OpenSolaris ships. To see which repositories you have configured, run 'pkg publisher'. If the URI for opensolaris.org is not http://pkg.opensolaris.org/release , somebody manually changed it.

Even so, each time an image is updated, a new boot environment is created. Therefore, if you've accidently updated to an unwanted development build, run 'beadm list' to see the other boot environments on your system. Unless it's been deleted, you should be able to boot back into the 2009.06 build (the boot environments appear in your grub menu).

Posted by Brian Leonard on September 03, 2009 at 10:50 AM GMT #

Thanks, this is useful. I had installed 2009.06 but somewhere I switched my repository to .../dev. Since then I'd created multiple images but the most stable of those is the 2009.06; but I'm stepping into some X11 bug in there.

IIUC, I can remove all the later images, ensure my publisher is back to "/release", and do an upgrade on that publisher and see if my bugs go away. I'll try that in a bit after I switch offices.


Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on September 03, 2009 at 11:14 AM GMT #

Yes, use 'beadm activate <beName>' to make the 2009.06 BE the default. Reboot the machine and use 'beadm destroy <beName>' to delete the unwanted BEs.

Note, as an employee of Sun, you also have free access to the OpenSolaris support repository, which has lots of bug fixes. Log into pkg.sun.com using your LDAP credentials and you'll see the key and certificate you need to download to set it up. Here are some instructions for setting it up: http://blogs.sun.com/chrisg/entry/installing_support_certificates_in_opensolaris .

Posted by Brian Leonard on September 03, 2009 at 11:28 AM GMT #

One way of making sure that popularity does not kill off homeunix is to make a donation to help cover the hosting costs...there is a link on http://solaris.homeunix.com/ where you can donate. I have been happily using Murray's packages for quite a while now and he's done a fantastic job.

Posted by che kristo on September 06, 2009 at 07:46 PM GMT #

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