The reader may be familiar with my previous efforts to install Solaris on my MacBook Pro. The results have been mixed: I've succeded, however the experience was somewhat painful. I had decided to give the eng team some feedback, time and try it again. Thanks to Ludo for inspiring me. A few month later I gave it another shot: installing the latest iteration of the Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE) on my MacBook Pro. Nota bene - I already have Vista and Ubuntu Feisty running under Parallels on my precious MacBook Pro.
This time I've tried using Nevada build 70a and the results have been impressive. Eureka! I have a fully functional Solaris (Nevada) install, running virtually via Parallels. Hey, is not Ubuntu easy yet, but a huge improvement. Thanks Don and Jeff for not giving up.
Here is some tips if you want to give Solaris a chance (I believe you should):
- Download this version of SXDE. Folks keep in mind that this is work in progress and some of the builds have serious bugs
- Prepare yourself to spend a while (120 minutes) installing, so go through installation while plugged in to a power source
- Accept defaults
- Solaris seems to like for you to be networked while rebooting after the install
- Extra credit - change the resolution to the native one on a 15" MacBook Pro (1440x900)
- login and become root
- cd /etc/X11
- cp .xargs.conf xargs.conf
- edit xargs.conf as follows (at the end)
- Section "Monitor"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Monitor Model"
HorizSync 31.5 - 100.0
VertRefresh 59.0 - 75.0
Modeline "1440x900" 108.84 1440 1472 1800 1912 900 918 927 946
### Available Driver options are:-
### Values: <i>: integer, <f>: float, <bool>: "True"/"False",
### <string>: "String", <freq>: "<f> Hz/kHz/MHz"
### [arg]: arg optional
#Option "ShadowFB" # [<bool>]
#Option "DefaultRefresh" # [<bool>]
#Option "ModeSetClearScreen" # [<bool>]
Viewport 0 0
What you get (in addition to a solid, feature reach OS): compiler, tools (for both native and Java dev), middleware components - application server, web server; productivity tools - StarOffice/Firefox/Thunderbird, etc. The complete list of details can be found here