Friday Dec 19, 2008

OpenSolaris 2008.11

At last OpenSolaris 2008.11 got released officially on the 10th of December. I have been playing with the release candidate build for quite some time on VirtualBox. Finally I installed it on my laptop.

The first things which really impressed me were the new installer screenshots. They looked lively and fresh.  After the installation was over, the wireless and the sound worked flawlessly. I had to install the Marvel Youkon driver myself. The Firefox which came did not come with the flash plugin which I had to install myself. Then I tried downloading packages from the IPS repository. I downloaded OpenOffice 3.0, Netbeans 6.5 and SunStudio Express and SongBird. Now I have a fully functional desktop.

I am yet to try out the new features like Time Slider and some other cool features but you can view the video on the new features of OpenSolaris at http://blogs.sun.com/observatory/entry/screencast_what_s_new_in

Happy exploring OpenSolaris 2008.11

Note: Click on the pictures to enlarge them

Thursday May 29, 2008

Netbeans Quiz

Want to win a itouch or a Mac Book Air. Take part in the Netbeans Quiz.

For more info visit http://www.netbeans.org/quiz/

Wednesday May 28, 2008

Sun declared a Business Superbrand

Sun Microsystems 

Sun Microsystems has been declared as a Business Superbrand in India by SuperBrands India. Read the whole story here.

Tuesday May 06, 2008

OpenSolaris 2008.05


I installed OpenSolaris 2008.05 on my Sony VAIO laptop. I am running it as a guest OS on Virtual Box running on Vista.

Now you may have the question why Vista, thats because my other pure Solaris partition is running SXDE + OHAC. Currently OHAC runs only on SXDE and hence I need to preserve the installation.

Now getting back to OpenSolaris 2008.05

I liked the single CD image, much smaller than the DVD download. But I hoped it would bundle OpenOffice or StarOffice. Right now I am downloading  OpenOffice from the online repository and it is taking a long time ...sigh

Rest of the stuff is working out of the box. The network is working and I didn't have any trouble with it. The sound card is not working, I will soon try to figure out the problem. Other than that it looks cool. Loved the new blue look and the new logo. The logo looks very similar to a logo Rohan had designed for the IEC OpenSource Mela.

The iso image is a live CD. Hence you can just boot from it without installing it. Thats a nice improvement (SXDE did not have it). Seems like compiz is integrated but I did not try it yet.

OpenSolaris First Boot OpenSolaris Login Screen
 

This post was posted from the OpenSolaris guest OS running on VirtualBox

Tuesday Mar 18, 2008

India Engineering Center Open Source Mela 2008

Sun India Engineering Center is having its first Open Source Mela to promote OpenSource culture amongst IEC engineers. A series of talks, demos and fun events have been organized by the IEC OpenSource initiative committee. The official IEC Open Source Mela is at http://blogs.sun.com/iecopensource/

For those who are confused as to what "Mela" means, it is a fair or an exhibition.

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