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Installing Solaris 11 on Intel x86-64 Platform

I first used SunOS back in the early 1900s when I worked for Lotus Development Corporation porting Lotus 123 to Unix and, since then, have always liked the operating system. In fact, I am still a Solaris 10 SCSA (Solaris Certified System Administrator). Oracle Solaris 11, released on November 11th 2011, is the first major release of the Solaris operating system since Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems. Note that Oracle Solaris 11 (SunOS 5.11) is not the same as Oracle Solaris 11 Express which was released in November 2010; Oracle Solaris 11 Express was a preview release of Oracle Solaris 11.

US DOD AppDev STIG Updated

The US DOD (Department of Defence) AppDev STIG (Application Security & Development Security Technical Implementation Guide (AKA) was recently updated (Version 3, Release 4, October 31st 2011) by DISA (Defence Information Systems Agency.) to clarify that it is permissible to use open source software (OSS) in the DoD. The revised AppDev STIG refers to the 2009 DoD OSS policy meno, Clarifying Guidance Regarding Open Source Software, instead of an older one and has improved definitions for OSS and commercial software. It also makes it clear that special DAA approval is only required if both of the following are true: (1)

Updating GNOME Shell Extensions To Work With GNOME 3.2

This particular post will contain the knowledge that I accumulate of the next few weeks about updating GNOME 3.0 Shell extensions so that they work with the GNOME 3.2 Shell. It will be a living document for a period of about 2 months so check back frequently for updates. When the GNOME 3.4 Shell is released, it will be covered in a separate post. As you are probably aware, GNOME Shell comes with an interactive GNOME Shell extension creator called gnome-shell-extension-tool. The utility is actually a simple Python script. It generates a simple Hello World extension using: gnome-shell-extension-tool –create-extension After

Fedora Plans Changes to Filesystem Hierarchy

Fedora developers, Harald Hoyer and Kay Sievers (both Red Hat employees), are proposing that all executable files are moved into the /usr/bin directory and libraries into /usr/lib or /usr/lib64. The UsrMove proposal is an: attempt to clean up the mess that was made when the /sbin and /bin directories were first split off from each other, and would essentially pull in every component of the operating system to a single mounted volume. Err, they have been split off from each other since the dawn of Unix without any problem. According to Lennart Poettering: Having all static, distro-specific, sharable OS in

Tearing in GNOME3 with Sandy Bridge

Do you experience tearing in GNOME3 when dragging windows or watching a movie? The solution for most people seems to be to put the following two lines in /etc/environment: CLUTTER_PAINT=disable-clipped-redraws:disable-culling CLUTTER_VBLANK=True Create the file if it does not already exist.