Wednesday Aug 18, 2004

Solaris 10 x86 shines at IETF

As an employee, its nice to be able to run our stuff before its released and try it out "in the wild".

I attended the IETF conference recently in San Diego and was very happy to be able to use my laptop with Solaris 10 x86 installed on it for all of my computing. My laptop has one of those built-in wireless network cards (Atheros brand, mini-PCI) that are sometimes hard to get working with Solaris. Luckily, someone in the x86 wireless development group was able to hook me up with a prototype driver for this card and it worked great for me all week.

I was able to go the entire week without booting Windows or Linux to do my work. My biggest needs at this wireless-enabled conference were:

  • Wireless support - Atheros driver
  • VPN support - Solaris IPsec support worked very well, allowing me to easily and securely connect to the office and keep up with mail
  • Email - Evolution and Thunderbird both work very well
  • Web Browser - mozilla 1.7 or Firefox
  • IM client - MUST have Jabber support and AIM. Luckily, JDS-3 comes with a very nice GAIM client that works great.

The really great thing was how nice the recent JDS builds are coming along. My desktop no longer looks like something from 1993 (CDE) and finally looks and feels like a modern desktop. So, I was proud to be able to run everything Sun-on-Sun in front of my technical peers and show that Sun is by no means standing still and that Solaris 10 is going to rock.

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