Monday Feb 02, 2009

Acer Aspire One with OpenSolaris B107, everything works

Hi All,

Just did a clean install of B107 to the AA1.

Wiped out the previous OpenSolaris install.

Sun only started the project to certify this platform two and a half months ago, now i don't add any drivers during or after install.

You do have to update the /etc/power.conf

Suspend / resume works great.

You will get warning messages from the sdcard driver if you don't have sdcards in the slots.


ethernet works

wifi works

webcam works

audio works, internal speakers and head phone jack

suspend / resume works

sdcard works, I just found out you need to put an sdcard in the right one first, then they both work all the time

USB works

Externel VGA works, shift + F5 to jump between the two of them

Pretty cool

Thanks to all the great Sun engineers who put up with me bugging them to get the drivers working, and all the great users who help test them out.

MSI Netbook suspend / resume B107

Hi All,

So I found out that the latest rwn RALink 2700E driver does not support suspend / resume yet.

I swapped the ralink for an atheros card, you can get the MSI netbook with an atheros bg/n card installed.

Now suspend / resume works accept for the mouse pad that does not work after the resume.

This is what I'll be working on today.

I am doing a clean install of B107 on an AA1, just to check everything still works.


Saturday Jan 31, 2009

OpenSolaris Download Links

OpenSolaris Bluetooth Project

I cannot even post comments, not sure if it's my blog or everyones, I cannot find out until Monday.

Send me mail direct  if you need help with netbook


Friday Jan 30, 2009

OpenSolaris on the AA1 and MSI netbook


 I've tested the OpenSolaris BlueTooth stack with a mouse, works pretty good, on an Acer Ferrari 3200.

 The MSI has a BlueTooth device I just have not had time to test it yet.

 I don't know what fully supported means for the AA1, does everything work most of the time, Yes.

 Do I use the AA1 for my personal laptop, Yes.

 I'm on the MSI right now, just to make sure everything works, most of the time.

 It's on B107.

 With the clean install power management and Xorg (without /etc/xorg.conf) are working fine, realtek ethernet installed from dvd, I added the Ralink 2700E wifi after install.

I can see the webcam, turn it on and off with keyboard, but cannot use it yet, I never use anyway.

Suspend / resume is just sending me back to the login screen, I'll get it to work, it's a pretty cool netbook.


Thursday Jan 29, 2009

Acer Aspire One passes OpenSolaris HCL tests with 2008.11

Hi All,

So I just got the good news from a  colleague of mine, the Acer Aspire One passed the latest Hardware Compatibility Test (HCL) suite with 2008.11 installed.

I tried a new install of B105 on the MSI and the Ralink driver was causing a panic.

I'm currenly installing B107 from scratch.

Everything is working but the mouse when you come back from suspend / resume.

It's the little things that drive you crazy :-)


new Xorg 1.5 on MSI netbook opensolaris B106

Hi All,

So I'm trying to work out why the mouse is dead on the MSI netbook when I come back out of suspend.

I upgraded to the new Xorg 1.5 which will be included in B017.

The mouse and keyboard did not work when I started gdm after the upgrade.

I had to add these lines to the /etc/X11/xorg.conf to get them back.

Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier     " Configured"
        Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
        InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
        InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
        Option             "AllowEmptyKey" "no"

Section "ServerFlags"
        Option "AutoAddDevices" "False"

Not sure if this is really the correct solution, but the Linux guys are having to use it also, Xorg 1.5 is supposed to use HAL to pick up keyboard and mouse.


Tuesday Jan 27, 2009

MSI Wind Notebook and OpenSolaris B106

Hi All,

 So I'm sitting here surfing the net on the MSI Netbook running OpenSolaris B106.

 It's been a challenge to get OpenSolaris installed, I'll document tomorrow.

 It's a pretty good 10 inch screened netbook for $367.

More tomorrow


Sunday Jan 25, 2009

I want Apple Itunes on OpenSolaris - vote here ???

Hi All,

 So we started a list to get Adobe to give us  Reader on Solaris.

 I'd like to start a campaign to get Apple to port ITunes to OpenSolaris.

 Comment "Yes" to vote.


Update 1/26/09

Sorry everyone, I understand that there a lots of ways to deal with music for an IPOD on opensolaris already.

- Libgpod (possible legal issues)

- gtkpod

- rhytmbox

- songbird

- etc

I'm looking at a new non technical user in an emerging market, being presented with a netbook choice, who already has an IPod, Itunes makes the choice for them Windows or MAC.

IPOD is the driver in the market, ITunes is how you download and managed the device.

The option for WINE or Vitrualbox and Windows is just overkill to save having to talk with Apple.

I really don't want to be a second class IPOD support platform.

Update 1/1/26/09 10:34 pst

I love my ITouch, I cannnot get to it from OpenSolaris with GTKPod or Rhytmbox without hacking on it.

With an IPod Nano I can get OpenSolaris to open GTKPod or Rhytmbox when I plug it into the laptop.

There are lots of different formats I can handle on my laptop based on the fact I'm a pretty good hacker.

I don't want users who buy a netbook from a OpenSolaris OEM to have to do that.

You guys are really building a great list of applications we should have native on OpenSolaris.

I'm not sure about you guys but I get very few "Blue Screens of Death" or system crashes with OpenSolaris, I really don't have to worry about viruses either.

If we are going to keep Sun investing in OpenSolaris, we have to make it usable by a novice user, it just has to work like a Windows or Apple netbook.

We have the Firefox browser, Evolution for mail, calendar, todo and memos. OpenOffice for docs, spreadsheets and presentations.

We need the killer app, I think it's ITunes.

I've kept a Windows XP Home partition on one of the Acer One netbooks just for ITunes.

I'm really enjoying buying DVD's with digital copy, that I download the movie onto my ITouch for on the plane rides I take.

I want to have only one laptop, one set of data stores and one set of applications.

Update 1/26/09 12:05 pst

Yes, making a deal for proprietary software is in general not a good idea.

The issue is my bosses are asking me how to make money on OpenSolaris so we can keep pumping in lots of development resources ($$$$)

Where is the biggest area of group in the market today ? netbooks

What stops regular John Doe and Jane Doe from buying a Linux or OpenSolaris netbook solution ?

I cannot sync my IPOD, I cannot buy music or movies from Apple.

Plus the other software people have mentioned today, Skype.

The only way to get these companies to invest in OpenSolaris is to show them consumer volumes with OpenSolaris.

Netbook fun with OpenSolaris

Hi All,

 So I've been pulling out my hair on the HP Mini 1033cl and Elonex Webbook.

  I ended up doing a PXE install to the HP Mini of B104, building the gldv3 versions of the myk driver and building the NDIS 1.2.1 for the Broadcom wifi.

NWAM locks up on the myk / bcmndis combination, I ended up going back to the frkit inetmenu that is working fine.

The fan is still coming up at full speed during the boot, this is documented on the Linux web sites, going back to the F02 bios fixes the bios according to posts I've found, but I cannot find it.

So I gave up on the HP 1033CL, just to many issues, the fan would drive you mad, I'm going to try an MSI U100-422CA next.

I may be setting the bar to high for my testing, but the Acer Aspire One and Asus Eee 701 work cleanly about 95%.

I actually downloaded the atge alpha Attansic L1 driver from for the Eee 701 last week, looks like it works fine, this was the last peice of the puzzle for the 701.

The Elonex Webbook is a really nice netbook, I need to test more on the OpenChrome Xorg driver, both OpenSolaris and Fedora 10 cannot use it on the LCD display, external VGA works fine.

Fedora 10 can bring the VIA C7 processor down to 383 Mhz, OpenSolaris keeps it pegged at 1.6Ghz.

Suspend works fine on Fedora 10, just gets you a new login screen on OS.

I've got something happening on this system I've never seen before, cde-login works fine and will bring up the gnome desktop, nothing I do will allow me to run gdm for login.

I have to say that the install was forced, I came up on a build 94 USB DVD (everything else just gets me a grub prompt) then did a network install of B104.

Something was not good about this as the Xorg fonts did not get set / initialized correctly.

Hopefully I'll get the MSI tomorrow.

My next project is try and convince Apple to port ITunes to OpenSolaris, it's the only way to get broader adoption of OpenSolaris.

We can make OpenSolaris work pretty good on the Asus, Acer and possible MSI netbooks, all thge way through suspend / resume.

Even if I do what I did on BlueWonder, design the hardware for OpenSolaris, instead of trying to force OpenSolaris into a hardware designed for basically a Windows world, nothing will happen without ITunes.

 I'm going to try and talk with Asus, Acer and MSI about fixing my last piece on the test list, getting all Fn key keyboard combinations working correctly, without having to map through keyboard shortcuts.


Still here

Hi All,

 I'm still here, working on a blog entry on the Hp and Elonex.

  Gave up on the HP, you will see why in next entry.

  Elonex Webbook is doing pretty good apart from sound (only headphone jack works)  and cpu frequency control.


Thursday Jan 15, 2009

FTP site busted, Acer Aspire One drivers here


Atheros Wifi



Broadcom 14e4,4315 wifi working on HP Mini Netbook on OpenSolaris B105

Hi All,

 I took a couple of days but I finally got ndis wrapper working on the HP Mini Netbook.

My choice of SXDE B105 made the available ndis 1.2.1 broken.

I found

And ndis 1.2.2 that works on B105.

The HP driver files that worked were sp39243.exe.

Nwam is now seeing the bcmndis0 and myk0.

I did the build of myk using the gld2 instructions, with this NWAM does not see the link go down.

I'll try to build the gld3 today on B105.

Update: Finally got all the patches and headers correct, build the gldv3 version of myk 2.6.5. now the ndis is hanging up nwam :-)

The joy of testing


Tuesday Jan 13, 2009

HP Mini Netbook running OpenSolaris B105

Hi All,

Quick screen shot of the HP Mini running OpenSolaris B105.

Everything is running but the Broadcomm wifi, it's causing a system panic.

You can see from the screen shot I've put my look and feel on it, Compiz is actually running very well on this system, it was slow on the Acer One, maybe it was just the cube, did not turn it on for the HP.

You can see I have the Avant Window Navigator running in the bottom.

Monday Jan 12, 2009

HP Mini netbook with Opensolaris

Hi All,

 So I received an HP Mini Netbook yesterday, looks like it has the same Intel chipset as the Axer Aspire One.

It has a Marvell (myk) ethernet and Broadcomm wifi.

  SDcard works out of the box.

  Getting the grub int13 error trying to do a DVD install, had to go back to SXDE B94 to get DVD install to work, PXE install would work if we had the Marvell ethernet in the DVD.

I've just finished doing a ISO luupgrade to SXDE B105.

See if I can get it all working :-)



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