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 Aug 20, 2008

Intel Developer Forum 2008

IDF 2008 is happening right now, from August 19 to 21 in the Moscone Center West in San Francisco.

Sun is a Gold Sponsor, and we have a great booth (#501 - check it out of you are there).

We're showing some new Intel-based hardware,  Java performance on Xeon, developer tools such as Sun Studio 12, and OpenSolaris 2008.05 running Sun xVM VirtualBox.

In addition, we are participating in the Eco Community and Virtualization Community showing the Sun xVM Server and the Sun xVM OpsCenter.

I spent most of yesterday to set up the demo, on an Intel-based laptop, running OpenSolaris 2008.05 (upgraded to built snv_94 though), and Sun xVM VirtualBox.

In VirtualBox, I had created a coupe of guests, one running Windows XP, one Ubuntu Desktop 8.0.4.

It's very easy to showcase great features such as fullscreen mode, seamless mode, amongst many others.

As Shared Folders in VirtualBox are not there yet for an OpenSolaris host, I created a ZFS filesystem on the host, and exposed (shared) it as a CIFS server. It was then very easy to connect to it in the Windows XP guest, using "My Networks".

(more details on this in a later blog entry)

Wednesday Jul 09, 2008

Yet Another Blogger

Having been at Sun for several years, I recently joined the Solaris Technical Marketing Team at Sun. It's an exciting place to work, as it is very cool to work with the well-respected and proven Solaris Operating System, but also with some other leading-edge technology such as Sun xVM VirtualBox, OpenSolaris, the OpenSolaris Community, and many more technologies and aspect of the IT world.

I know that there are many other geeks out there.
However, there are also many people that might be thankful for some simpler, yet detailed explanations of certain aspects of those technologies.

I'll try to provide that.

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