Friday Jan 09, 2009

Just for fun, Windows 7 running in VB on OpenSolaris

What can I say, just had to do it :-)

Thursday Jan 08, 2009

alt + mouse drag - life saver

So you guys probably know this, but I just found this out today.

If you get a gnome control panel or program preferences panel that comes up that does not fit on the screen and you cannot see the control buttons because they are of the bottom of the screen, you can hold the alt key down then drag the panel up the screen, holding down the left mouse button, you can  get to the hidden buttons.

gdmsetup is a good example.

Elonex VIA C7 Webbook and OpenSolaris

So I'm playing with this Elonex VIA C7 Webbook from the UK.

I'm having lots of fun with the SATA hard drive, looks like it will only work on the 80Gb it came with, anything else and the BIOS does not see it or it just does not work.

I'm getting the great INT13 problem with all versions of OpenSolaris CD, DVD or USB.

I've finally got Fedora 10 from the new LiveCD installed just to prove to myself that it will run something other than Windows XP Home.

The VIA supplied video driver just gives a scrambled screen, if I set to vesa I can get a good 1024 x 600 resolution, both the Realtek and Intel 2200 wifi work, the new network applet is very pretty. A little bit more graphical than NWAM.

I've downloaded the onnv-gate with grub in and I'm trying to patch GRUB for 2008.11 on USB.

Funny thing is if I actually put in a 80Gb SATA 2.5" drive that OpenSolaris cannot see in the BIOS, the installer actually gets past the GRUB error.

UBuntu 8.10 and 8.04 are also unable to install.


Friday Jan 02, 2009

Intel Video Driver Acer Aspire One - here


 I've uploaded the Intel Drivers here, follow instructions in blog.


Tuesday Dec 30, 2008

OpenSolaris SDCard driver for Acer Aspire One - here

Hi All,

Here is the Alpha Release tar file for the SDCard driver for OS .

tar xvf SUNWsdcard.tar

pkgadd -d .

init 6

Now you should be able to insert sdcards in either slot.

Have fun


Monday Dec 29, 2008

OpenSolaris B105, Acer One, SDcard slots working

Hi All,

 Still in Florida on vacation, I have my spare Acer One with me, Garrett D'Amore and Vincent Wang worked out the issues with the sdcard controllers.

I have a gnome desktop with two sdcards showing up a 16Gb and 4Gb.

I just did an Evolution backup to the 16Gb sdcard, it looks good.

I cannot get to my FTP server from here but I will post the package on January 5th when I get home.

Everything is now working on the Acer Aspire One.

Next, just got my hands on a Elonex WebBook, it has the VIA 1.6Ghz processor.

Happy New Year


Sunday Dec 07, 2008

Istanbul and back

So here I am in the restaurant, close to Frankfurt airport, typing on my Acer One, connected to the hotel wifi.

I upgraded to the internal B105 build of the JDS desktop in the hotel.

It was a long hard week in Istanbul and really short at the same time, actually testing all the ideas we have be working on for a whole year.

We tested an IBM and Dell  laptop loaded with B103, RTJS and Netbeans 6.5 as the development system.

A Sunfire server as the DHCP and FLAR server, we loaded the BW1000 with a customized install, we ended up with a full Solaris 10 with Gnome coming down in 1.6Gb.

We tested the new RTJS system metrics applications that allow us the get cpu and case temp, system serial number and lots of other system related information, pulse two special LEDs built into the front panel of the BW1000.

My customer building a Cold End Glass Cutting and Stacking system was a great host, we ate way to much great food, Instanbul is one of the great food destinations of the world.

 Saturday we took some time off , drove downtown Istanbul, sat in a beautiful garden on a hill and had Turkish tea  oon the European side of the Bosporus looking out across the water to Asia.

 It was early December and we had to remove or coats as it was so warm.

The more I travel the more I know we all basically have the same dreams,  find a good husband or wife, live life and have kids, grow old, play with the grandkids, sit in the sun with loved ones or new friends whatever language you/we/us speak :-)

So tomorrow i do the long flight to Chicago, then on to Seattle and home.

Back to the lab and more testing.

Looks like the great news is the Dell Netbook runs OS as reported in the comments, any body try the HP yet ?

Thursday Nov 27, 2008

Fun with OpenSolaris on the Acer Aspire One

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

I worked this week on trying to break the Acer Aspire One install :-)

I pushed the OS install to a November 25th nightly build probably B103+.

Strange things started happening with the gnome panel, no shutdown or restart buttons, nothing I did including installing my version of gnome-panel and gnome-session would turn them back on, I ended up reinstalling the B101 version of JDS.

That fixed it, I then installed my versions of gnome panel and nautilus.

I discovered lately that you can just copy correctly compiled libraries between systems.

I pull something like mplayer to the new systm under test and run it from a terminal, I get ld library errors, I share the /usr directory on my main development system the Asus C90S, nfs mount it from the new system and just copy the libraries, saves me having to create packages.

Managed to get 2008.11 rc2 installed on a 4Gb CF on the PICO ITX, looks like we have a SATA controller driver issue with the MB.

Saturday I'm heading to Istanbul Turkey for a week, to visit with my customer who is using BlueWonder to run a new glass factory inside Russia.

FYI I'm not testing 2008.11 (Indiana) on the Acer Aspire Ones, I'm using SXDE, I'm only testing 2008.11 on the Asus Eee 701, it only has a 8Gb SSD.

I'm testing VirtualBox on OpenSolaris B102 on the Asus C90S that has a 2.4Ghz desktop processor and seperate Nvidia video card.

I have Windows XP, Fedora 10, Ubuntu 8+, MilaX and 2008.11 RC2 running in VirtualBox 2.0.6

Have a great week


Tuesday Nov 25, 2008

Asus Eee PC 701 with 2008.11 RC1 and RC2

Hi Everyone,

I've been having fun with 2008.11 rc1 and rc2 this week on the Asus Eee pc 701.

Both rc1 and rc2 install cleanly into the 8Gb ssd from a usb dvd drive.

The atheros driver included with both rc1 and rc2 does not work with either release, I had to manually chnage to version 7.3.

Suspend / resume does not work on rc1 or rc2.

Just to prove I'm not going crazy I went back to 2008.11 100a with a clean install.

The Atheros wifi works even though I had to update_drv -a -i '"pci168c,1c"' ath.

Suspend / resume works fine again on 100a.

Wednesday Nov 19, 2008

OpenSolaris B103 on Acer Aspire One, video and wifi included

Just installed (luugrade) B102 to B103 on the Acer Aspire One.

Both the Intel video and atheros wifi patches look like they made it into the build.

Luactivate is not creating the grub menu.lst file correctly and grub is not displaying the menu at all.

I'll try to work out what's broken.

Tomorrow I'll test the suspend/resume, this stopped working on the Asus Eee 701 pc after a pkg image-update.


Monday Nov 17, 2008

reading and writing ntfs partition on B102, Acer Aspire One

Hi All,

Used the instructions from here:

Over the weekend and built fuse, libfuse and ntfs-3g.

It does allow me to mount the Windows XP Home NTFS partition I left on the hard drive.

Looks like there may be a little problem unmounting the partition the re mounting, my Acer One keeps crashing on the second mount.

Also I was doing a copy of some files to the NTFS partition and tried to stop it with ctrl+c, the system crashed again.

I thought I had a problem getting access to the partition after coming back from suspend, but I cannot get it to lockup nautilus anymore, it works.


Saturday Nov 15, 2008

Acer Aspire One, B102, suspend / resume works

Hi All,

Back from Las Vegas and CEC.

Two pieces of good news.

Intel driver fix and atheros driver fix have been committed for B103.

I did an upgrade of my Acer One to B102 and suspend / resume is working perfectly :-)

We have people in the Beijing engineering group looking into the last issue, the SDcard driver.

It's really a great system to use on an airplane.

Looks like the new HP netbook due for January release has the Intel Atom chipset as well.


Saturday Nov 08, 2008

Evolution 2.25.1 on OpenSolaris

Hi All,

 Nothing much on TV last night so I decided to upgrade Evolution to 2.25.1

 Using ths command I downloaded all the Sun spec files and patches:

  svn co svn+ssh://

 Using the evolution.spec and evolution-data-server.spec in trunk/base-specs, I manually apply the patches, yes I have the CBE installed, but it's more fun this way.

This is the first release towards Gnome 2.26 for Evolution.

It builds fine I use these commands to configure.

I add the Berkeley DB software 4.4.16.NC and Openldap openldap-2.4.3alpha before ./configure on evolution-data-server and evolution.

 evolution data server

LDFLAGS='-lintl -liconv' ./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static --disable-gtk-doc --enable-maintainer-mode --enable-ssl=yes --enable-smime=yes --enable-file-chooser  --enable-nntp=yes --with-nspr-libs=/usr/lib/mps --with-nss-libs=/usr/lib/mps --with-nss-includes=/usr/include/mps --with-nspr-includes=/usr/include/mps --disable-gtk-doc --with-openldap  --with-x  --enable-gnome-keyring=yes --enable-ipv6=yes --enable-nss=yes --localstatedir=/var --libexecdir=/usr/libexec  --with-libiconv=/usr/gnu --with-krb4=/usr


LDFLAGS='-lintl -liconv' ./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static --disable-gtk-doc --enable-maintainer-mode --enable-ssl=yes --enable-smime=yes --enable-imap4=no --enable-imapp=no --enable-file-chooser --enable-exchange=no  --enable-plugins=all --enable-nntp=yes --with-nspr-libs=/usr/lib/mps --with-nss-libs=/usr/lib/mps  --enable-test-component=false  --disable-gtk-doc --with-openldap --with-nss-includes=/usr/include/mps --with-nspr-includes=/usr/include/mps  --with-x --enable-cairo-calendar=yes --enable-gnome-keyring=yes --enable-ipv6=yes --enable-nntp=yes --enable-nss=yes --localstatedir=/var --enable-default-binary --libexecdir=/usr/libexec --with-cde-path=no  --disable-scrollkeeper --with-krb4=/usr --with-libiconv=/usr/gnu

It looks really good, I hope the drag and drop to attachment bar in email create is really fixed.

I need to patch gtkhtml 2.15.1 so languages show up correct.

I'll take a look in the hotel tomorrow morning in Las Vegas.


Friday Nov 07, 2008

Heading out to CEC in Las Vegas tomorrow

Hi All,

 So I'm heading out to the Sun Customer Engineering Conference (CEC) in Las Vegas tomorrow.

BlueWonder #001 is packed in my bag, I'll be showing the system in a booth and doing a presentation next Wednesday.

This is the first time I've been to this conference since I joined Sun over 10 years ago.

We are supposed to have 2000+ Sun engineers from all over the world at the Paris and Bally's Hotels.

Setup for the booth at the show is Sunday morning, so I'll be heading up to Seattle tomorrow evening and flying out.

I'll try to blog anything interesting, that is not under CDA.


Question for the everyone ?

Hi All,

 Did anyone try doing the install on a DELL or HP netbook with Intel Atom chipset ?

 How many of you got it running on the Acer Aspire One ?

 Looks like all the patches will be integrated into B103.

 Send responses to  please I'll publish the results




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