The First Sighting

The ObservatoryWith the release of OpenSolaris 2008.05 we bring users this new blog on how to get the most out of the operating system available at We will use this space to help the growing community of OpenSolaris users with tips on installation, configuration, applications, etc. The Observatory is not just a blog aggregator. We will be providing original content and also scanning the web for other great tips. Ideally, The Observatory will become a primary source of information on how best to use OpenSolaris.

Who are we? This blog has been started by three open source enthusiasts: Brian Leonard, Gregg Sporar and Roman Strobl. Our passion is evangelizing OpenSolaris. Some of you may know us from our previous roles where we focused on NetBeans (see Brian's blog, Gregg's blog and Roman's blog). Stay tuned as we expand our horizons with our effort here. This blog will be our brain dump - what's new and cool in OpenSolaris, how to benefit from different features, where to get the packages you need, and similar topics.


hey, welcome to OpenSolaris, guys. I added your blog to the blogs page:

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on June 24, 2008 at 12:24 PM GMT #

Good luck with the new project. I'll track you for TA

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on June 24, 2008 at 01:27 PM GMT #

Welcome to OpenSolaris, guys!! :-)

Posted by Iban on June 24, 2008 at 02:30 PM GMT #

I look forward to reading your insights...

Posted by Ché Kristo on June 25, 2008 at 12:05 AM GMT #

Hey, that's really cool. Glad to have you on board !

Posted by Rafael on June 25, 2008 at 12:59 AM GMT #

Don't think to get rid of me ;-) When I finish setting up OpenSolaris on my Mac (I should be close to solving a problem with Linux co-existence) I'll start porting my NetBeans apps to it :-) In any case, if Sun decided to move three exceptional bloggers like you on OpenSolaris, this means it's serious!

Posted by Fabrizio Giudici on June 25, 2008 at 03:38 AM GMT #

Fabrizio, feel free to send me an e-mail about your Linux co-existence problem... I am quite sure I can help because I run OpenSolaris and Ubuntu on my laptop.

Posted by Roman Strobl on June 25, 2008 at 04:06 AM GMT #

[Trackback] Yesterday Gregg Sporar, Roman Strobl and I launched The Observatory, a blog dedicated to those learning to use OpenSolaris.

Posted by Brian Leonard's Blog on June 25, 2008 at 01:22 PM GMT #

I'm a big fan of NetBeans and Java, I've been a long time reader of your blogs, but I still don't see the advantages in using Solaris over Linux or Windows. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what you guys have to say :)

Posted by giovanni on June 25, 2008 at 02:37 PM GMT #

What an excellent blog for new users and migrants from Linux, OSX and XP. Also good for refugees from Windows Vista!

I now have 2008.05 triplebooting with OSX and Ubuntu on my 24 inch iMac.

I hope you might cover setting up static networking and internet connection sharing in a future article.

One of the reasons Ubuntu took off was not because it was technically better than other Linux distro. It took off because a guy in Malaysia made a website "The Ubuntu Guide" which enabled the average person to be able to set up his or her desktop so they could websurf, use OpenOffice and listen to MP3's like they could with Windows. Only with a lot less malware.

I believe your site has a similar potential for OpenSolaris. That can only be good for the Open Source community.

Posted by Paul Harper on June 25, 2008 at 08:31 PM GMT #

I have managed to get VMWARE running on my Q6600 running VISTA 64. NO mean feat in itself. I tried the SUN VM equivalent but could not connect to the Internet, and it would not save the system state.

My problem, besides not using UNIX for a decade, is I have downloaded SUN Studio 12, but on running the installer I keep getting permissions errors.

Any ideas?

Posted by John Nichols on July 11, 2008 at 12:59 PM GMT #

Can you paste the error here? Then I can tell you more.

Posted by Roman Strobl on July 12, 2008 at 12:04 AM GMT #

Hey Brain,

I am Praveen was in your sessions at Tech Days 2010 Hyderabad. i am really impressed the way you explained about Open Solaris, Virtual box, ZFS and Dtrace.. thank you soo much...

Posted by Praveen on March 24, 2010 at 11:45 AM GMT #

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