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After almost a year I decided to upgrade the Operating Systems on my laptop.
The plan was to install the latest Solaris build – Solaris Express Developer Edition 1/08 (snv_79) and openSUSE 10.3 along with the pre-installed Windows XP.
I managed to get hold of a USB hard disk to take a backup of my data, partitioned/formatted my disk and installed Win XP.
This is how my partition table looks like:
root@abhiltlnx(~)# fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Disk identifier: 0xcd9ccd9c Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 1 1912 15358108+ 7 HPFS/NTFS /dev/sda2 1913 3452 12370050 bf Solaris /dev/sda3 3454 8061 37013760 f W95 Ext'd (LBA) /dev/sda4 * 8062 9729 13398210 83 Linux /dev/sda5 3454 5759 18522913+ b W95 FAT32 /dev/sda6 5760 7799 16386268+ b W95 FAT32 /dev/sda7 7800 8061 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris root@abhiltlnx(~)#
I then went about installing Solaris. Anyone who has tried installing Solaris in the past will be totally impressed with the new installer – very user friendly!
It gives simple options to the user to pick from and goes about installing the OS.
I haven’t spent much time looking into the system, however I must mention the things that I already like:
- Easier user/group administration – creating user part of the installation process
- Easier network management – It detected my wireless device and post-installation, displayed all the networks I can connect to.
- Nice Gnome-based Desktop with the “Shutdown” option (Yes!). Although I’ve gotten used to “poweroff”
- Detected all the devices and installed NVidia drivers
- Out-of-the-box development environment viz. NetBeans 6, Apache, Databases etc.
Next on the agenda was openSUSE 10.3 installation.
I’ve been using openSUSE for over a year now and based on my past experience,
I was kind of expecting the installation to be fairly trivial.
Unfortunately, that was not to be :(. After few minor glitches (the installer kept crashing every now and then), I finally managed to install it.
Things I love about openSUSE 10.3
- Love the Green look-and-feel
- The startup time has really improved – A good enough reason to upgrade for 10.2 folks.
- 1-click install of packages
- Detected all my devices
Lastly, I had to modify the Grub menu for both openSUSE (to add an entry for Solaris) and openSolaris (to add an entry for openSUSE).
openSUSE grub menu:
root@abhiltlnx(~)# vi /boot/grub/menu.lst # Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Thu Feb 7 21:41:29 UTC 2008 default 0 timeout 8 gfxmenu (hd0,3)/boot/message ##YaST - activate ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux### title openSUSE 10.3 root (hd0,3) kernel /boot/vmlinuz-188.8.131.52-31-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_IC25N080ATMR04-_MRG401K4G1SY6C-part4 vga=0x317 resume=/dev/sda7 splash=silent showopts initrd /boot/initrd-184.108.40.206-31-default ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows### title Windows XP rootnoverify (hd0,3) chainloader (hd0,0)+1 <b> ### Abhi: Solaris entry added based on the windows one ### title Solaris SXDE 1/08 - snv_79a rootnoverify (hd0,3) chainloader (hd0,1)+1 </b> ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe### title Failsafe -- openSUSE 10.3 root (hd0,3) kernel /boot/vmlinuz-220.127.116.11-31-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_IC25N080ATMR04-_MRG401K4G1SY6C-part4 vga=normal showopts ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off noresume nosmp noapic maxcpus=0 edd=off 3 initrd /boot/initrd-18.104.22.168-31-default
openSolaris grub menu:
root@abhiltsol(~)# vi /boot/grub/menu.lst #pragma ident "@(#)menu.lst 1.2 07/01/10 SMI" # # default menu entry to boot default 0 # # menu timeout in second before default OS is booted # set to -1 to wait for user input timeout 10 # # To enable grub serial console to ttya uncomment the following lines # and comment out the splashimage line below # WARNING: don't enable grub serial console when BIOS console serial # redirection is active!!! # serial --unit=0 --speed=9600 # terminal serial # # Uncomment the following line to enable GRUB splashimage on console splashimage /boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz # # To chainload another OS # # title Another OS # root (hd,) # chainloader +1 # # To chainload a Solaris release not based on grub # # title Solaris 9 # root (hd,) # chainloader +1 # makeactive # # To load a Solaris instance based on grub # If GRUB determines if the booting system is 64-bit capable, # the kernel$ and module$ commands expand $ISADIR to "amd64" # # title Solaris # root (hd,,x) --x = Solaris root slice # kernel$ /platform/i86pc/kernel/$ISADIR/unix # module$ /platform/i86pc/$ISADIR/boot_archive # # To override Solaris boot args (see kernel(1M)), console device and # properties set via eeprom(1M) edit the "kernel" line to: # # kernel /platform/i86pc/kernel/unix -B prop1=val1,prop2=val2,... # #---------- ADDED BY BOOTADM - DO NOT EDIT ---------- title Solaris Express Developer Edition 1/08 snv_79a X86 kernel$ /platform/i86pc/kernel/$ISADIR/unix module$ /platform/i86pc/$ISADIR/boot_archive #---------------------END BOOTADM-------------------- #---------- ADDED BY BOOTADM - DO NOT EDIT ---------- title Solaris xVM kernel$ /boot/$ISADIR/xen.gz module$ /platform/i86xpv/kernel/$ISADIR/unix /platform/i86xpv/kernel/$ISADIR/unix module$ /platform/i86pc/$ISADIR/boot_archive #---------------------END BOOTADM-------------------- #---------- ADDED BY BOOTADM - DO NOT EDIT ---------- title Solaris failsafe kernel /boot/platform/i86pc/kernel/unix -s module /boot/x86.miniroot-safe #---------------------END BOOTADM-------------------- title Windows rootnoverify (hd0,0) chainloader +1 <b> ### Abhi: Linux entry added based on the windows one ### title Linux rootnoverify (hd0,3) chainloader +1 </b> # Unknown partition of type 15 found on /dev/rdsk/c0d0p0 partition: 3 # It maps to the GRUB device: (hd0,2) . # Unknown partition of type 131 found on /dev/rdsk/c0d0p0 partition: 4 # It maps to the GRUB device: (hd0,3) .
Last week I installed openSUSE 10.2 on my laptop and I’m very impressed with this linux distro. I have been planning to install linux on my laptop (along with Windows and Solaris) so that I could check the user experience of a Swing application project that I’ve been involved with.
I have been using Red Hat/Fedora for few years now but the recent buzz around other linux distros viz. Ubuntu, openSUSE, Mandriva etc. piqued my interest to try them out. The difficult part in a linux installation is deciding which linux to install. I discussed with few friends of mine – each one recommending the one they use. I did some reading on the web.. distrowatch is a very good resource. Finally I zeroed on openSUSE 10.2 .
The installation was very smooth.. a bit time consuming though. I really liked the admin/setup tool – yast (Yet Another Setup Tool).
openSUSE provides most of the applications one needs out of the box.
- OpenOffice for office applications
- Firefox as browser
- Evolution as email client (which I replaced with Mozilla Thunderbird)
- Gimp for graphics
- Real Player and Totem for playing movies. I prefer VLC media player, so I installed it later.
- Helix Banshee for playing MP3s and syncing with IPod. It’s an excellent player although I’m struggling with the iPod syncing part due to the iPod Raid bug. Will look for the openSUSE fix later.
openSUSE has a very active community presence and have good documentation online viz. articles, blogs etc.
Getting XGL to run required installing NVIDIA drivers and some tweaks here and there. I found the following resources very useful:
Using Xgl on SUSE Linux – http://en.opensuse.org/Using_Xgl_on_SUSE_Linux
Xgl Troubleshooting – http://en.opensuse.org/Xgl_Troubleshooting
Linux Display Driver – x86 – http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_display_ia32_1.0-9755.html
Nvidia Installer HOWTO for SUSE LINUX users – http://www.suse.de/~sndirsch/nvidia-installer-HOWTO.html