OpenSolaris.com Got a Facelift

Have you visited opensolaris.com today? If not, take a look, it has a new face and contains lots of multimedia! Congratz to Neena, the team and everyone else who contributed to the new site. Btw, there is now a VirtualBox image with pre-installed OpenSolaris available in the download section :)

Monday, November 10, 2008 | Technologies | Read More

Reclaiming Ctrl+Space

Let's play a little word association... Keyboard Shortcut Association  alt+tab Application Switcher alt+F4 Close Window ctrl+esc Panel Menu ctrl+space Input Method? Input Method? Surely this is useful for some folks, but I would guess the majority of you to expect ctrl+space to be associated with code completion. My teammate Roman has already filed a defect for this, and I was happy to learn that it has already been addressed in the upcoming 2008.11 release. For now, if you want to leave...

Thursday, November 6, 2008 | Technologies | Read More

Tips for Using the Keyboard in OpenSolaris Terminal

I found out that some of the important keys don't work in OpenSolaris terminal and filed a bug for this. I got really a useful response in the bug discussion so I'd like to share these tips for using the terminal in OpenSolaris: Home and End keys don't work as expected in the terminal, but you can use Ctrl+a and Ctrl+e to go to the beginning and to the end of the line. Ctrl-C is used for interrupting, but in order to copy and paste text you can use Ctrl-Shift-C and Ctrl-Shift-V...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 | Technologies | Read More

Screencast: ZFS Basics

I started to record various screencasts for OpenSolaris to evangelize different features of Solaris/OpenSolaris and make it easier for people to discover how to use these features. The first demo I created shows the basics of using ZFS. The screencast requires Flash player and contains audio as well. Enjoy! Click on the image to play the screencast

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 | Technologies | Read More

Optimizing Byte Swapping for Fun and Profit

Performance Improvements in OpenSolaris 2008.11 I recently pushed source changes to OpenSolaris build NV99 to improve byte swapping performance. These changes will be a part of OpenSolaris 2008.11. To review, byte swapping reverses the order of bytes in a integer (whether 2-, 4-, or 8-byte lengths). This is necessary as x86 processors store the low order byte of an integer first ("little endian"), and SPARC processors store the high-order byte first ("big endian").Furthermore,...

Friday, October 31, 2008 | Technologies | Read More


While in S√£o Paulo one developer asked me "What kind of games run on OpenSolaris?" He was specifically interested in World of Warcraft, which, as far as I know, doesn't have a client for OpenSolaris. However, I was able to tell him about the Games on OpenSolaris Community. As stated on the site's main page, the games community:Lists games that can be played on OpenSolaris. Provides extra install instructions when needed. Hosts games that have been packaged for OpenSolaris. Hosts...

Thursday, October 30, 2008 | Technologies | Read More