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Solaris Express 10/04

Alan Coopersmith
Senior Principal Software Engineer

Well, I've been very very busy lately, so totally missed writing about the release of Solaris Express 10/04 - fortunately Alan and Dan have both done a very good job of covering it. So good in fact, I'm having a hard time trying to find changes in these builds that they didn't mention that I think are still worth mentioning. I did find a few however:

  • New look and feel for graphical login screen (but I already told you about that)
  • Over 350 man page updates
  • System shutdown/crash time now recorded in wtmpx so "last reboot" will show how long your system was down for.
  • "isainfo -x" now shows which optional instruction set extensions (i.e. SSE, SSE2, MMX, etc. on x86, VIS, VIS2, etc. on SPARC) are available on the current cpu
  • sshd now uses the settings in /etc/default/login to set its defaults
  • xhost user-based authentication for local connections ("xhost +si:localuser:alanc", see Xsecurity(5) man page)
  • On Solaris x86, /usr/X11/bin/scanpci to get a simple listing of PCI devices & ids. (Though prtconf is still the way to go for full gory detail.)

Like most S10/Express users, I'm still learning my way around the new Service Management Framework found in this build, but I'm liking what I'm seeing. (I'm working on converting the X services to use it - not sure yet when that will go in though.)

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Alan Coopersmith Thursday, December 2, 2004
    It's already in X11R6.8.0 - see rev 1.5 to xc/programs/Xserver/os/access.c in the Xorg CVS. (Sorry, didn't put it into bugzilla.)
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