Tuesday May 26, 2009

Backups

For those who might be looking for a backup solution, CrashPlan now have a beta Solaris client. You can have online backups for Solaris which is free for individual use. Take a look at:

http://www.crashplan.com

Wednesday Dec 24, 2008

Firefox 3.1b2 and Thunderbird 3.0b1

Firefox 3.1b2 and Thunderbird 3.0b1 contributed builds on are now available on www.mozilla.com[Read More]

Tuesday Dec 23, 2008

Sybase 15.0.3

Sybase Version 15.0.3 is now available for Solaris (Sparc and x64) Just download the "ASE Enterprise Edition 15.0.3 for Sun Solaris x64 - 64bit" package from:

https://sybase.subscribenet.com

and then do a normal install and you can choose "Developer Edition" from the license options.

Monday Dec 22, 2008

Firefox 3.0.5 & 2.0.0.19

Latest Firefox releases can be found at:

http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/2.0.0.19/contrib

http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/3.0.5/contrib

Yes, I know this isn't new, I just catching up again now that everything is slowing down for Christmas.

Monday Oct 27, 2008

Flash PLayer 10 Beta

The beta version of the Flash Player 10 for Solaris (both Sparc and x86) is available at:

http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html

Thursday Aug 21, 2008

Right time with Solaris on a mac book pro

For anyone installing Solaris on a mac book pro, you'll find the time is incorrect once you boot up. The real time clock on the mac is set to gmt while Solaris is expecting it to be the local time (like a pc normally has.) All you have to do is run:

rtc -z GMT
to tell Solaris that the real time clock is gmt and all will be fixed (you only have to do this once, Solaris then stores the new time zone in a file.)

Wednesday Aug 13, 2008

Bluetooth2

Thanks to Darren Moffat's help, the answer became clear as to why my Bluetooth mouse is working when it apparently shouldn't. The Macbook Pro's hardware is emulating a USB mouse, ie looking in prtconf showed that the mouse was bound to the "hid" driver which is from the USB side of the house. Shame it doesn't emulate the mouse scroll wheel.

Thursday Jul 31, 2008

Bluetooth

I can't explain how or why, but I noticed last night that something was wrong. I realized that a) my mouse wheel wasn't working and b) I was using my Bluetooth mouse on my Macbook pro under Solaris and it was working without any setup. All I can say is your mileage may vary and I have no idea how it worked (Targus Bluetooth mouse model=am806au) but it did. You would want the latest Solaris express community edition to have a hope of this working.

Tuesday Jul 29, 2008

Sybase 15.0.2 Developer Edition for Solaris x86

or those who might be looking for the developer version of Sybase 15.0.2 for Solaris x86, it's no longer a separate package. You now just download the "ASE Enterprise Edition 15.0.2 for Sun Solaris x64 - 64bit" package from:

https://sybase.subscribenet.com

and then do a normal install and you can choose "Developer Edition" from the license options. It's not a separate install these days.

Tuesday Jul 22, 2008

Firefox 3.0.1

Arrgh, so far behind it seems. Anyway, the latest Firefox builds can be found at:

What's new:

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/3.0.1/releasenotes/#whatsnew

Download

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/3.0.1/releasenotes/#contributedbuilds

http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/3.0.1/contrib/

Monday Jul 21, 2008

Firefox 2.0.0.16

Everyone probably knows this (I'm late in processing my emails) but the Firefox builds for 2.0.0.16 are at

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/2.0.0.16/releasenotes/#contributedbuilds

http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/2.0.0.16/contrib/

Monday May 19, 2008

Acrobat reader for Solaris x86 on it's way

One of the last outstanding pieces for Solaris x86 is finally on it's way it seems.

http://blogs.adobe.com/acroread/2008/05/adobe_reader_on_solaris_x86_co.html

Still a bit of a wait but at least we know it's in the works now. A big thank you goes to Adobe.

Tuesday Apr 22, 2008

Firefox 2.0.0.14 available

Seems the latest version of Firefox is available, ie:

What's New
==========
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/2.0.0.14/releasenotes/#whatsnew

Downloading
===========
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/2.0.0.14/releasenotes/#contributedbuilds

http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/2.0.0.14/contrib

Friday Jul 27, 2007

Dhcp info

I have a number of times that (while using DHCP) when I first boot up that DNS isn't working. The resolv.conf file is missing or has the wrong values and I hate having to fix things by hand, so i decided to scipt the DNS setup using the information from DHCP (via the dhcpinfo command.)

#!/bin/ksh

IFDEV=`ifconfig -a|grep ":"|grep -v lo0|cut -f1 -d:|grep -v "ip.tun"|grep -v "inet6"|cut -f1`

GATEWAY=`/sbin/dhcpinfo -i $IFDEV router`
DNSSERVER=`/sbin/dhcpinfo -i $IFDEV DNSserv`
DOMAIN=`/sbin/dhcpinfo -i $IFDEV DNSdmain`
MASK=`/sbin/dhcpinfo -i $IFDEV 1`

echo dev=$IFDEV gateway=$GATEWAY domain=$DOMAIN mask=$MASK

cp /etc/nsswitch.dns /etc/nsswitch.conf

echo "nameserver $DNSSERVER" >/etc/resolv.conf
if [ "$DOMAIN" != "localdomain" ]
then
        echo "domain $DOMAIN" >>/etc/resolv.conf
        echo "search $DOMAIN" >>/etc/resolv.conf
fi

The logic for figuring which interface to use isn't very robust, but it works in all the setups I use.

Wednesday Jul 11, 2007

find command

Seeing as some people seem to be posting their handy find commands, I thought I'd add mine:

find . -mount -ls | awk '{ print $7 " " $11 }' | sort -n
which will list all files in & under the current directory and sort them by size, very handy for finding where all the space went.

Wednesday May 16, 2007

Comments

Some wag pointed out that trading wireless support and decent screen resolution for a shiny apple logo wasn't such a clever trade :-> 5 years ago he would have been completely right and I would have walked away with my tail between my legs. But Sun is treating Solaris x86 as a serious product these days and I only bought the Mac because I could see that these probs are being looked at (and in the meanwhile MacOs is simply a more familiar Unix based environment than Windows can ever hope to be, with or without Cygwin.)

Why not Linux then? (an trust me, I'd use Linux ahead of Windows any day.) Well, that's a good question and would be fine for many people but I need to test things that I'm proposing to do on Solaris Sparc based servers so Solaris x86 on my laptop is a perfect starting point.

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