NetBeans and OpenSolaris

NetBeans is widely distributed nowadays. You can get it from java.sun.com as part of the Java SE or EE bundles, as well as from netbeans.org. Ubuntu makes it available in Universe (starting with Hardy) and the community contributed NetBeans to the Debian repositories (for more details on the Linux distributions that include NetBeans, take a look here).

The latest open source product that makes NetBeans (version 6.0.1) available is OpenSolaris (2008.05). I am in the process of kicking the tires of the RC2, that was recently produced in anticipation of the Community One event which takes place next month in San Francisco. I am still struggling with the OpenSolaris install, however I have an atypical configuration: MacBook Pro, partitioned with Boot Camp; I am trying to install in a partition where I previously installed Windows Vista.

Here are some of the issues that I am running into:

<snip from installation log>
Set fdisk attrs
fdisk: fdisk -n -F failed. Could't create fdisk partition table on disk c5d0
Couldn't create fdisk partition table on disk
Could not create fdisk target
TI process completed unsuccessfully
 </snip from installation log> 

 
Comments:

Hi Octavian, my suggestion would be to use fdisk and manually partition your disk before running the installation. This is what worked for me - I used fdisk on Ubuntu to partition my disk and then installed OpenSolaris. It is better to have only one dedicated Solaris partition (type "bf" in fdisk). Note that this must be a primary partition. I managed to get a trial-boot (Windows, Linux and OpenSolaris) installed this way.

Posted by Roman Strobl on April 23, 2008 at 11:34 AM PDT #

Follow the instructions give here : http://www.genunix.org/wiki/index.php/OpenSolaris_Dual_Boot

I'm going to try Belenix 0.7 this weekend on my Mac (www.belenix.org)

Posted by Sriram Narayanan on April 23, 2008 at 11:23 PM PDT #

Found an Ultra 20, where the installation went without any problems.Here are some observations about the out of the box experience:
\* Look & Feel - cool
\* Installation - straight forward (much like Ubuntu's); the installation wizard has only a couple of panels, so almost everyone should be able to go through it
\* Documentation - could be better; some of the docs are local, however most of the links point to web URLs and most of the users may not have an internet connection at the time of the install

Installation only takes about 25 min.

Posted by Octavian on April 24, 2008 at 09:29 AM PDT #

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