Saturday Mar 07, 2009

Building Caiman gate

The instructions on how to build Caiman gate and get these packages: SUNWauto-install, SUNWgui-install, SUNWinstall-libs, SUNWstosreg, SUNWbeadm, SUNWinstall, SUNWinstall-test, SUNWdistro-const, SUNWinstalladm-tools and SUNWslim-utils

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Tuesday Feb 24, 2009

Using Mercurial Queues Extension

Trying to describe some basic and some interesting facts about using Mercurial Patch Queues.

Mq schema

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Monday Jan 26, 2009

IPS repository - Part I

How to clone and start IPS repository on local disk. The access to SWAN is necessary for this How to.[Read More]

Thursday Jan 08, 2009

Usability matters

Have you ever worked with an application which was so badly designed, that you could hardly use it? Well, maybe it was not that bad, but i'm sure everyone ran into some piece of software that had chaotic menus, illegible fonts or something like that. Luckily, the internet is full of software that covers the same functions so the user has always a variety of choices. If one application does not satisfy his needs, he can most of the time easily switch to another. Clearly, usability plays a key role when choosing what software people will use. Still it is very underestimated and many designers pay limited attention to it. And this should be changed as soon as possible...
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Wednesday Jan 07, 2009

Switching keyboards in OpenSolaris using setxkbmap and keyboard shorcuts

As current OpenSolaris 2008.11 binary distro have several options how to change keyboard layouts, there are still some issues reported by users which are a bit confused about Input Method Switcher GUI, which is default tool to switch between various input methods and keyboard layouts. From any reason if you not satisfied with the tool or keyboard layout there is not the one you need there is still option which can bring all the comfort of switching between keyboard layouts using your preferred shortcut.

The solution is based on setxkbmap utility and desktop shortcuts. OpenSolaris is using GNOME by default by almost all other window managers provide possibility to create custom keyboard shortcut, which is all what is needed.

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Tuesday Jan 06, 2009

Migration from Debian to OpenSolaris

Taking the advantage of the Christmas break, I took the time and migrated my system from well-known Debian Linux to OpenSolaris. My goal was to make the new environment match my Linux setup as close as possible. Among other things, this meant moving from KDE 3.5.x to GNOME, which I was avoiding as much as possible until now, and Nimbus (the look&feel is great!). Maybe some of the remarks obtained during this process can be interesting for others.

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Tuesday Dec 16, 2008

Participate in our Survey and win a free SUN T-shirt

As a part of a process of extending language/locale support in OpenSolaris we started to prioritize locales that are missing in OpenSolaris but are available on other systems. We already collected decent amount of data and now we would like to get input from you!

We also want to use this opportunity to find out what other globalization features (localization, translations, available encodings...) are important for you.


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Wednesday Dec 10, 2008

OpenSolaris Seminar

Last Saturday (Dec, 6th), I had a chance to attend OpenSolaris seminar organized by Czech OpenSolaris User Group (CZOSUG). The seminar was focused on a new release of OpenSolaris 2008.11, its new features like Time Slider, Distribution Constructor (DC), latest versions of SW, updated Package Manager, etc.

One part of the event was an install-fest where everyone could install the latest version of OpenSolaris into his/her laptop and try cool features immediately. After the install-fest, presentations about the key features were introduced ...

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Thursday Nov 27, 2008

How to create OpenSolaris distribution from your local repository

The Distribution Constructor uses your local repository to create OpenSolaris

  • How to build the OpenSolaris release from any build of Nevada
  • How to build the OpenSolaris release faster
  • How to make identical local repository to the official repository
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Wednesday Nov 26, 2008

Hebrew OpenSolaris 2008.11

We needed to create modified OpenSolaris 2008.11 release for our Hebrew customer.

Our Hebrew customer had these requirements:

  • Keyboard layout should be automatically set to English, without prompting a user (during the boot from the Live CD)
  • Desktop language should be automatically set to Hebrew, without prompting a user (during the boot from the Live CD)
  • All desktop icons should be localized into Hebrew
  • Change default terminal font

And we fulfilled with pleasure his wishes. Here is our how to.

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Distribution Constructor

This guide provides instructions for installing the Distribution Constructor and using this application to build ISO and USB images.

Overview of the Distribution Constructor

The Distribution Constructor is a command-line tool for building preconfigured, bootable OpenSolaris images. In the OpenSolaris 2008.11 release, this tool takes an XML manifest file as input, and builds an ISO image that is based on the parameters specified in the manifest file. Optionally, a USB image can be created, based on the generated ISO image.

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Wednesday Nov 05, 2008

OpenSolaris installer automation using Dogtail

This article is about using Dogtail technology in automation of OpenSolaris installer. You can find out here how to start work with Dogtail and what services should be online before run automation scenario.

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Wednesday Oct 29, 2008

Dual-booting Nevada and OpenSolaris

Ever considered having a dual-boot system with Solaris Nevada and OpenSolaris? This guide might help you with setting that up. It's a bit specific for my configuration, but some of the tips can be useful.  
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Thursday Oct 23, 2008

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Friday Oct 10, 2008

OpenSolaris: More Languages, More Regions...

Aiming to extend language support in Solaris and OpenSolaris, we just started a new OpenSolaris project called Locale Data. The target is to be at the same or even better level than Linux systems.

To clarify things, here is a definition of LOCALE -- The features of the user's environment that are dependent on language, country, and cultural conventions. The locale determines conventions such as sort order; date, time, number, and currency formats.

This project covers several different task related to locales in OpenSolaris. We are planning to add new locales, update and improve current ones as well as give you possibility to add your own. There's plenty of locales already supported, but we are still missing most of Africa, parts of Eastern Europe and others. So we decided to do something about that!

It is really easy to help even for people without technical background, so we hope to get an interest from the community. Come and check it out

 These are the countries we already have locale support for:

These are the countries we already have locale support for:


Solaris l10n & i18n, locales, keyboards, fonts and related topics.


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