Toshiba laptops preinstalled with OpenSolaris now available (in the US)

Sun is partnering with Toshiba to provide a better laptop experience with Toshiba laptops pre-installed with OpenSolaris. I got the smaller R600 laptop last Friday (thanks Dan! :) and I have to say that it's pretty sweet. It weights only about 1 kg and the battery lasts pretty long (3.5-4 hours) and the performance is really good for such as small laptop! OpenSolaris indeed was preinstalled and I could just finish the installation by specifying few details such as username and password and it was ready to use, with many additional applications pre-installed. 

I also ran the Device Driver Utility and found out that most of the hardware in this Toshiba is actually Intel hardware. As you probably know, Intel is another partner of OpenSolaris, and thus OpenSolaris works pretty well on these Toshibas, including suspend/resume (it resumes when you close the lid and power button is pressed to awake the OS - it takes 5-8 seconds to resume).

Today we are announcing that 2 models of Toshiba laptops are available for ordering, currently in the US only. Additional countries will be added soon with UK on top of the list.

For more information visit:

Sorry can't blog more now, I have to go back to playing with my new cool laptop :)


Wow, awesome. I want this laptop in Chile!

Posted by Felipe Cerda on April 01, 2009 at 01:51 PM GMT #

Love this. It's about time that we see Sun folks "eating their own dogfood" and stop running around with Macs. How could the Macs get into the CAMS system?

Posted by Thommy M. Malmström on April 01, 2009 at 01:51 PM GMT #

Any chance of a full review? :)

Posted by Dave on April 01, 2009 at 02:22 PM GMT #

I really want to get one of the r600's, when are the plans to release these internationally (namely Australia for me)

Posted by Ché Kristo on April 01, 2009 at 05:25 PM GMT #

We are working with Toshiba on international availability, it will take some time - we do not know exactly when they will be available internationally yet.

Posted by Roman Strobl on April 02, 2009 at 12:26 AM GMT #

My credit card will be waiting :-P

Posted by Che Kristo on April 02, 2009 at 02:57 AM GMT #

"Love this. It's about time that we see Sun folks "eating their own dogfood" and stop running around with Macs. How could the Macs get into the CAMS system?"

Why shouldn't they? I don't know any Mac users at Sun who don't run Solaris on them, either on the metal via dual-boot, or in VirtualBox. Sun doesn't make laptops, so for the employees who need a laptop to do their job, what does it matter which brand they use?

Fact of the matter is, Sun makes money out of Mac software (Java, StarOffice, VirtualBox), and MacOS includes a bunch of other Sun technology (dtrace, ZFS). Seems to me the Mac is a much better fit for Sun employees than a lot of Wintel laptops are.

Posted by guest on April 02, 2009 at 07:17 AM GMT #

Well, I don't see them use any Solaris though. And what's the problem with Solaris x86 on bare metal? I used that for 10 years when at Sun.

Posted by Thommy M. on April 02, 2009 at 07:46 AM GMT #

The problem with using Solaris on bare metal for many laptops is that vendors constantly change hardware components causing users to get non-functioning hardware.

For example, Apple used a particular sound chip for almost a year in their last MacBook rev, but then switched to a different one. This new chipset has no documentation and the vendor refuses to provide it, leaving the ability to provide a driver difficult at best.

I would have gotten a MacBook too so I could enjoy the best of both worlds (dual-boot on bare metal with OS X) but the hardware incompatibilities are aggravating.

Posted by Shawn Walker on April 02, 2009 at 10:49 AM GMT #

Please, make NetBooks with OpenSolaris available. I heard VIA pumps up barebone netbooks.

Posted by Vasileio Anagnostopoulos on April 13, 2009 at 11:00 AM GMT #

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