[rescue] Using a Fire V240 as a desktop...

John Ruschmeyer jruschme at gmail.com
Tue Nov 30 12:54:28 CST 2010

On Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM, Caleb Cupples <cscupples at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 6:35 PM, John Ruschmeyer <jruschme at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > The basic Sol 11 Express text install went very smoothly on my U5. My
> only
> > issue has been with getting X and gnome installed and configured. (I
> can't
> > seem to figure out the right meta-packages to get all the dependencies,
> but
> > you have much later hardware than I do.)
> That was my only issue with Sol 11 Express, which is why I've got
> Solaris 10, 11/06 (Courtesy of Sun) installing right now. When I find
> the stack of blank DVDs, I'll install a later build of Sol 10. I did
> try Debian, but it wasn't terribly happy with the framebuffer, so I'm
> sticking with Solaris on this one.

After responding to this thread earlier, I finally decided to ask on the
OpenSolaris.org forums.

Apparently, the big magic is to run "pkg install slim_install". This
installs everything that would be installed from the Solaris 11 Express
LiveCD. It fixed the issues I had with a partially installed gnome.

As for Xorg, I'm a bit screwed in that Oracle EOL'd support for the mach64
fb of the U5 in Solaris 11 Express. The official response is that I should
run Solaris 10 (which includes the older Xsun server) or just go with a
headless solution (Xvnc from gdm, XDMCP, etc.)

 I'm actually considering trying to load *just enough* of Xsun from Sol 10
on top of 11 to try and get X working that way.


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