Monday Apr 27, 2009

VirtualBox 2.2 now in the OpenSolaris /extra repository

Now that my everyday work laptop is a new Toshiba Tecra M10 with OpenSolaris 2008.11 pre-installed and supported, and that part of my job is to use and promote VirtualBox, I wanted to make sure to have the latest version availlable of course.

Software like Sun VirtualBox is now made available through the /extra repository.

See here for information on how to subscribe to that.

VirtualBox has been made available there since version 2.1.4 (I believe), and that's what I had so far on my OpenSolaris laptop. But since recently, 2.2 is now available in that repository. I quickly wanted to make sure that the upgrade works properly, and it absolutely did. I created a few screenshots of the steps I took.

First, a printout about the OS version, the package repositories I subscribed to, and the currently installed version of VirtualBox:





Then, I opened the OpenSolaris Package Manager, pointed to the "extra" repository, and selected the packages for VirtualBox and the VirtualBox kernel module, and hit "Install/Update":





That took about a minute or so, and now I have the latest version installed:




Easy !!


Wednesday Dec 10, 2008

What's New in OpenSolaris 2008.11

I'm by no means the first person to point this out, there are in fact many great articles and blogs about this already.

However, I do want to point out two fantastic overviews from fellow Sun engineers:

One written.

One screencast.



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