Monday Feb 04, 2008

A step in the right direction

In a previous blog I mentioned that I installed VMWare Fusion 1.1 and Linux (Ubuntu 7.10 - Gutsy). Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE) was the next OS that I looking to install (as I was looking to compare the respective SAMP and LAMP stacks). If all this worked out OK, I would get rid of my Parallels installation and stick with VMWare. This is not the first time I've experimented with SXDE, and was curious if the Solaris folks have made more progress.

The answer is yes, however there is more to be done, especially since Ubuntu sets the bar so high. Here are the details


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Wednesday Aug 22, 2007

One more time ... with feeling (Solaris on my Mac)

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"
                Identifier   "Monitor0"
                VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
                ModelName    "Monitor Model"
                HorizSync    31.5 - 100.0
                VertRefresh  59.0 - 75.0
                Option      "dpms"
                Modeline "1440x900" 108.84 1440 1472 1800 1912 900 918 927 946
        EndSection

        Section "Device"
                ### 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>]
                Identifier  "Card0"
                Driver      "vesa"
                BusID       "ISA"
        EndSection

        Section "Screen"
                Identifier "Screen0"
                Device     "Card0"
                Monitor    "Monitor0"
                DefaultDepth     24
                SubSection "Display"
                        Viewport   0 0
                        Depth     24
                        Modes     "1440x900"
                EndSubSection
        EndSection

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.

Thursday Nov 30, 2006

IT boy never dies

The experiment with a multi boot of Solaris 10, OSX and Windows on the loaner MacBook did not go so well after all. The only way I was successful in installing Solaris was by blowing away the OSX install. The workarounds suggested by a couple of blogs did not fully work for me and I can allocate only very little time to the system administration hobby ;-)




I've been experimenting with a Parallels to see if I can install, Solaris 10, Ubuntu 6.10 and Vista on my new 17" MacBook Pro (2.33 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 100 GB 7200 rpm hard drive). I'll allocate 15 GB for each the hosted OSs and keep the rest for OSX. On the new notebook, I also switched to Apple Mail after a few years on Thunderbird. Among the software that I rapidly installed: NeoOffice (with Aqua support - a beauty), Stuffit, Cisco VPN client, Firefox (2), Window Media Player (9), NetBeans and the supporting cast.

 
 

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