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Triple Boot, Part 4: Windows via VirtualBox

<< Back to Part 3, Install OpenSolaris After setting up my triple-boot system, I was not content.  I want access to Windows Vista and Ubuntu 8.04 without having to restart my system.  I mostly run OpenSolaris and rebooting to switch to Vista or Ubuntu is a disruption.  If I need to do some sort of benchmarking or a lengthy task on Vista or Ubuntu then it is worth the time to reboot.  But there are several use cases where I just want to do something quickly and then go back...

Monday, July 21, 2008 | Technologies | Read More

Direct Binding - the -zdirect/-Bdirect options, and probing

In a previous posting I introduced the use of direct bindings within the OSNet consolidation. A comment to this posting questioned the difference between the -z direct and -B direct options, and pointed out that runtime errors can occur during process execution if a lazy dependency (typically enabled with -B direct) can not be found. In this entry, I discuss the difference between the -z direct and -B direct options, and offer a useful technique for handling the case where...

Monday, July 21, 2008 | Technologies | Read More

Java Web Start

I went to start a Java Web Start application today and was disappointed that it didn't work. The default operation is to open the jnlp file in Firefox, which only causes the dialog to appear again. I recalled seeing a comment on Gregg's Getting Java blog from Simon Phipps who was having the same problem. The solution is to select "Other..." from the Open with drop down and then browse to /usr/bin/javaws. Also select "Do this automatically for files like this from now on.": This...

Monday, July 21, 2008 | Technologies | Read More

Distributions of OpenSolaris

We mainly focus on the official OpenSolaris distribution in this blog (with it's first release 2008.05 and heading to the second release 2008.11). But there are some other distributions of OpenSolaris which are built on top of the code from the opensolaris.org project. I've been asked more a couple of times about the differences, so let's take a closer look at these distributions and compare them. Distributions created by Sun: 1. OpenSolaris - it's the "official" OpenSolaris...

Monday, July 21, 2008 | Technologies | Read More

Triple Boot, Part 3: Install OpenSolaris

<< Back to Part 2: Install Ubuntu Installing OpenSolaris 2008.05 is very similar to the process I used for installing Ubuntu 8.04: download the .iso image file, burn it to a CD, and then boot the CD.  On startup the CD will display a GRUB menu - I selected the first entry (click for full size on this screen snapshot - or any other in this entry): After the boot completes, there is a desktop displayed that includes an icon for Install OpenSolaris: I right-clicked that icon and...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 | Technologies | Read More

Triple Boot, Part 2: Install Ubuntu

<< Back to Part 1: Planning Installing Ubuntu is not too hard: download the ISO image file, burn it to a CD, and then boot the CD.  I used the Live CD of the Desktop edition.  On the first screen I chose the Install Ubuntu option (click for full size on this screen snapshot - or any other in this entry): The installer prompts for the usual things: keyboard type, language, time zone, etc.  The part of the process where things can go horribly wrong is in the partitioning step. ...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 | Technologies | Read More