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 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 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.

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RE[2]: Hightly Usefull
by zaphod on Tue 12th Jun 2007 02:54 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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