Tuesday, November 22

Portable Solaris

I installed Solaris build 27 on my Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop today. And, of course, it works like a charm. Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris has really come a long way on x86 (looking back at the 2.6 days).
root@halidell$ uname -a
SunOS halidell 5.11 snv_27 i86pc i386 i86pc

Had to install drivers for the onboard bc440 NIC and the ipw2100 WLAN card. Simple installs, pkgadd and followed the instructions. WIFI worked perfectly out of the packages, wificonfig found my access point(s) right away and it took less than 30 seconds to get everything working and browsing slashdot.
Second hurdle was to configure the 1680x1050 widescreen LCD display, seemless as well. Used the same xorg.conf file as I used for Fedora Linux.

Spend a few minutes playing with ZFS and it really rocks.
So much power and so easy to use. Plain and simple.
Veritas should be shaking their balls. Both of their cash-cows, Oracle and Sun both require less and less middleware to be powerfull.

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