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... and Santa brought OpenSolaris

Posted by fabriziogiudici on December 19, 2009 at 10:32 AM PST

I've been trying to install OpenSolaris since 2006, with no luck. At that time, probably, there were some blocking bugs of the installer when working in a MacBook Pro; furthermore network drivers were only available for 64 bits (and I only got a first generation MacBook Pro). About one year ago I bought a 64-bit MacBook Pro and probably the bugs had been fixed by that time, but I filled my 500GiB disk (I like to keep all my digital photos with me and I don't trust external drives) and had to give up with the extra partition for Solaris. Also, the Solaris installer worried me a bit as I always fear to erroneously scratch all the partitions (partly because I'm really not accustomed with the way Solaris designates disks).

This morning I got, at last, a 640GiB drive :-) Yes, there are also 750GiB and 1TiB available, but they don't fit in the standard thickness and can't be mounted on a MacBook Pro. Also feeling safer as I can work with a brand new disk I have been able to install OpenSolaris for the first time, in a partition co-existing with all my other operating systems. Yahoo! (not that one). Now I'm installing NetBeans and Mercurial, as I'm eager to try for the first time blueMarine and forceTen on OpenSolaris.

PS Of course, I'm blogging from the OpenSolaris installation.

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Merry Christmas

Hey Fabrizio,

This is great news. We are interested in making OpenSolaris a premier developer platform. Please share you experiences on what works and more importantly, what needs to improve.



Out of curiosity, why not just put open solaris in a vm?

For many reasons. For

For many reasons. For instance, because of performance tests. With a VM, you can't guess that the performance are the same as on the real thing, for sure for what concerns the operating system. But I also want to evaluate the use of OpenSolaris in place of Linux as a development environment (the advantage is ZFS). Of course OpenSolaris has a driver issue (e.g. so far I was unable to have it seeing the WiFi connection, I don't know how power saving performs, etc). These are things that can't be evaluated in a VM.

In any case, now that I have more room on the disk for VM images, I'll use VirtualBox too. I see the two things as complementary: if you' re running Mac OS X and would like to quickly try a thing with OpenSolaris, use the VM. If you want to run performance tests etc... use the real thing.

PS And in any case... would you mind telling your friends you have a SEXTUPLE boot in your laptop? ;-)

Which drive?

Which drive did you install in your Mac? Can you post a NewEgg or Amazon link?

Let me finish the conversion

Let me finish the conversion (in the meantime, I made a mistake and corrupted the OpenSolaris partition, that I had to reinstall) and then I'll blog all the details. Safely transferring several hundreds of gigabytes of data is taking a long time, and I'm not sure I'll be able to finish for this weekend.