Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jun 2007 14:12 UTC, submitted by David Lin
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris "It wasn't until last week during a meeting with Sun that some new light was shed on the Solaris Check Tool and as a result we decided to explore this tool further. Check Tool is a bootable CD that lets the user know whether the hardware they have installed is likely to work with Solaris or not. If a third-party driver is needed for a particular piece of hardware, the Check Tool will even provide a link to the driver needed. There are currently a few rough spots with the tool, but improvements are planned and in this article we will share more information on this program that can tell you in a matter of minutes whether you'll face a hardware compatibility nightmare or will be running Solaris/Solaris Express with ease."
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Hightly Usefull
by airwedge1 on Mon 11th Jun 2007 17:26 UTC
airwedge1
Member since:
2006-02-22

I can't tell you how many hours I have spent finding out if a desktop will run linux or not. Knowing right off the back if a driver is supported or not will save (me at least) many hours of anguish

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RE: Hightly Usefull
by kaiwai on Mon 11th Jun 2007 18:56 UTC in reply to "Hightly Usefull"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I can't tell you how many hours I have spent finding out if a desktop will run linux or not. Knowing right off the back if a driver is supported or not will save (me at least) many hours of anguish


Once OpenSound has been merged into OpenSolaris, you'll find that 9/10 your hardware will be supported out of the box; the only thing that it doesn't support on this machine is the built in webcam - considering that I only ever used it once (and the quality was crap at best), I haven't lost any functionality in the process.

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RE: Hightly Usefull
by butters on Mon 11th Jun 2007 21:06 UTC in reply to "Hightly Usefull"
butters Member since:
2005-07-08

Check Tool for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions:

1) Put the LiveCD in the cup holder
2) Reboot
3) Verify that your hardware works
4) Click on the Install icon

Sun should consider developing a full-fledged Solaris LiveCD. Perhaps the Check Tool is a step toward this goal.

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: Hightly Usefull
by zaphod on Tue 12th Jun 2007 02:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Hightly Usefull"
zaphod Member since:
2005-07-06

Use Belenix. Although not an official Sun project, it is very good distribution that comes on a LiveCD (installable to harddisk).

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like vista's check?
by Adurbe on Mon 11th Jun 2007 18:04 UTC
Adurbe
Member since:
2005-07-06

vista had a similar check tool that in reality proved HIGHLY inaccurate (on my hardware at least) causing me a fair few problems on first install

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RE: like vista's check?
by helf on Mon 11th Jun 2007 18:55 UTC in reply to "like vista's check?"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

yeah, but that was a MS created tool ;)

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I used this
by Xaero_Vincent on Mon 11th Jun 2007 20:18 UTC
Xaero_Vincent
Member since:
2006-08-18

It told me that my audio device, SATA controller (thus HDD), and Broadcom Wifi isnt supported and it was right.

BeleniX did not see my HDD, Wifi isnt supported until at least Ndiswrapper 1.1, and audio device doesnt work with audiohd.

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pfft java version is out... old news
by lord-storm on Tue 12th Jun 2007 09:42 UTC
lord-storm
Member since:
2005-07-12

pfft this news is so old why is it even on OSNEWS
JAVA new tool run from within windows linux etc.
Since open sound is now released under the new licence the tool will pick up majority of sound hardware soon yay.
http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/hcl/hcts/device_detect.html

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harcalion Member since:
2005-07-12

It's true, the Java tool is more convenient, although I think it doesn't support Vista. They should also update it with compatibility fixes from every latest Nevada build.

Reply Score: 2