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

Dave



Comments:

Hey Dave,
I just wanted to say thanks for the info on getting OpenSolaris up & going on the Aspire. I was going back & forth on deciding on getting one or the Dell Mini 9. I opted for the Dell Mini 9. ;-) I'm typing on it right now running OpenSolaris 2008.11. Besides having a flash drive instead of a hard drive, the machines are pretty much identical spec wise. I'm off to DC next week, but once I get back, I'm going to upgrade the flash drive & replace the internal wireless card w/ one that's better supported. I noticed nobody had made any comments on the Dell yet so I thought I'd let you know. It works as well as the Acer Aspire One does. Looking forward to being able to use the SD Card slot. Thanks again & take care.

Posted by Steven Blackford on December 04, 2008 at 03:13 AM PST #

Hi,

Thanks for feedback, not sure how the Dell is working in suspend but my Acer is lasting for hours in sleep mode, just sipping on the battery.

Been working in Istanbul, Turkey all week, food is great here (don't lose any weight).

Hopefully SDCard will make B104, it's more complicated than we though.

Dave

Posted by David Clack on December 04, 2008 at 05:10 PM PST #

Any more comments on OpenSolaris on the Aspire? I just bought one and put ubuntu on it, but would like to know more about what to expect if I switch to OpenSolaris. Specifically, have you used any of the usb to serial converters? I'd like to use this as a light terminal when I go into datacenters.

Posted by Steven Dobbs on February 02, 2009 at 07:05 AM PST #

Hi,

See my latest blog entry on AA1.

USB / Serial connectors should work fine from OpenSolaris.

Dave

Posted by David Clack on February 02, 2009 at 07:12 AM PST #

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