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.



I'd prefer skype for solaris! But either may prove okay

Posted by Sergio Schvezov on January 25, 2009 at 05:13 PM PST #

Sorry, but you do not need iTunes. Use Songbird instead (available via IPS repository). If there is something missing in Songbird (feature-wise), file a RFE or do it yourself (yes, Songbird is open-source).

More info here:

Posted by Vladimir Kotal on January 25, 2009 at 05:42 PM PST #

Dave, can you comment more on the problem of opensol keeping the C7 running at full speed? I'm investigating CPU/MB combos for setting up a new NAS running OpenSolaris and I am curious if the Via C7 and Via Epia 18000G would be appropriate. -- Thanks

Posted by Nathan Fiedler on February 04, 2009 at 11:22 PM PST #


On the Elonex Webbook with the VIA C7, it does not see the ability to change the frequency of the processor, runs it at 1.6Ghz all the time. Fedora 10 can lower it to 383Mhz.

Everything else is working fine on the webbook, I've started to work with Solaris engineering about the processor frequency issues.

Yes, I have an issue with Totem, gtkpod, rhythmbox and songbird, I cannot login to the Apple iTunes service. I don't want to hack my iTouch to be able to mount it to OpenSolaris.

I want and it's my job to try and sell OpenSolaris to the mass consumer market, not just the developer community, who has a good knowledge like you have (Vladimir)


Posted by David Clack on February 05, 2009 at 01:16 AM PST #

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