Tuesday Feb 23, 2010

OpenSolaris 2010.03 Community Translations - Top Contributors & Awards

Recently, we finished with translation activities for the incoming release of OpenSolaris (OS2010.03). The translation was done via Community Translation Tools - CTI and new OpenCTI. I am pleased to announce top contributors and the most active l10n groups for this release. The list is available at the i18n/l10n Top Contrib page. Congrats to all who helped with this work.

As an appreciation, we created several presents for community. The design of the gifts was created by our group - so this is about non-professional but! original design. I hope you will like it.

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Monday Sep 21, 2009

Newest Xkeyboard-config added to OpenSolaris

In latest OpenSolaris build (OpenSolaris build 124) and Solaris Nevada (snv_124), the newest xkeyboard-config has been integrated. Xkeyboard-config is the primary source of the XKB data (All Keyboard related data for Xorg server. Xkeyboard-config project which is a project of the freedesktop.org is actively maintained and used by numerous user communities.

Current xkeyboard-config version is v1.6 which has been delivered a couple of months ago; contains many more new keyboard layout symbols for several countries and regions of the world, more variants for existing and for new keyboard layouts, support for additional models of physical keyboards, updated geometries and keycodes, and such that are 100% compatible with other Linux distributions and also widely accepted by
various user communities in the world, several bugs fixed and new configuration components added...

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Keyboard Layout configuration using HAL

A couple of months ago; Solaris Nevada and OpenSolaris started using HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer). Now, all Input Device Configuration is done through HAL rather than xorg.conf.

HAL, uses XML files for its configuration and store them in  /etc/hal/fdi/policy/ directory. The syntax of these files is very intuitive and if you have ever modified xorg.conf file, you will find it very simple to work with these files.

Before HAL was integrated, some people used to configure their Keyboard Layout and Keyboard Settings using xorg.conf but since HAL integration this configuration is not working any more...

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Sunday Sep 20, 2009

'pkg image-update' gives 'segmentation fault'?

When using build 122, an attempt to create a new boot environment (BE) via beadm(1M) or indirectly hrough "pkg image-update" may result in a "segmentation fault".[Read More]

Monday May 25, 2009

Re-starting with Team Meetings & SCRUM

After having a short pause caused by a team reduction, we re-started our team meetings again. The major difference is that we have changed a meeting format from every week 2 hours long team meetings to a SCRUM methodology approach.

Solaris G11n EMEA Team SPRINT backlog Solaris G11n EMEA Team

There are a lot of articles about SCRUM, so I'm not going to describe this methodology in detail again. Anyone interested in such methodology can find a lot of articles and books on Internet. I also put some of my learning resources at the end of this article.

What I'm going to write here is what I expect from this change and what is a practical impact to the team.

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Saturday Feb 21, 2009

Who We Are? The Team!

Prague Solaris Global Team

Would you like to know who is behind this blog? I was asked several times about the name of our team blog - SUNWg11nprg, or in other words, what the hell SUNWg11nprg is and why it is so complicated? OK, I'd like to take this opportunity and describe who we are and why we have such name.

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Monday Jun 30, 2008

Trusted Extensions Software

Trusted Extension is software what allow to turn on advanced security in Solaris OS. Its usage is intented for companies where are users divided in several security groups with different security access for files, hardware and so on. TX is based on labeled zones. Zones is technology used to virtualize OS services and provide an isolated and secure environment for running application. More about zones you can find on docs.sun.com (recommended keyword for this is "Containers") . Trusted Extensions has two types of labels: sensitivity labels and clearences. More about labels and TX again on docs.sun.com. If you want to try this interesting technology follow instruction on the link bellow. This howto should give you the basic guide how setup TX on Solaris.


Wednesday Dec 19, 2007

Switching Keyboard Layout in Solaris

I'm quite often answering questions related to keyboard input and how to switch the keyboard layout. First of all it is possible and it is not really as difficult ;) Solaris made a significant progress in keyboard input area and there is also a GUI and platform independent framework for it. So if you need a specific keyboard layout you have basically to options: 1) to use IIIMF and its preference editor 2) to set up a Xserver I recommend the first option, but there are some constrains. So if that doesn't work for you there is still the second option and you can set up a Xserver in the same way as it can be setup on all systems using Xorg.[Read More]

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


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