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Access OpenSolaris CIFS Fileserver

I have a mixed environment with OpenSolaris-2009.06, SuseLinux, and WindowsXP clients trying to access an OpenSolaris-2009.06 ZFS File-Server. I’m the only user on the network, which is entirely behind a hardware-firewall. For now, I’ve been erring on the side of … Continue reading

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Magento Components and PEAR

Magento is a newish shopping cart platform with a built in package-manager built on PEAR for auto-install extension components. This article takes you through the steps. Continue reading

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Configuring OpenSolaris: Webstack phpMyAdmin

Getting phpMyAdmin running is deceptively simple, unless like me, your utterly clueless and expect it to “just work”. Once again, here’s the instructions I wish I’d had… Continue reading

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Configuring OpenSolaris: Printing – Brother 7820N

Setting up your printer in OpenSolaris can be a trick if your drivers aren’t yet included. This post gives you the pointer you need to get going.

Then I unveil ‘printcpp’ for simple, beautiful, CLI printing of source-code! Continue reading

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Configuring OpenSolaris: Installing SFE (Spec Files Extras)

SFE is a repository of RPM-like spec files for building Solaris SVr4 packages from various Open Source modules. While the existing ‘getting-started’ docs are somewhat scattered and outdated, fear not! This tutorial will have you installing SFE packages into the latest OpenSolaris in no time! Continue reading

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Configuring OpenSolaris: Adding IPS Repositories

If you’ve just installed OpenSolaris 2009.06 the only IPS repository on your list will be the default ‘OpenSolaris’ one. There are however, a few other reputable 3rd-party repositories who provide Solaris software packages which all new users should be familiar with! Continue reading

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Broken Dual Boot: Grub, OSol, WinXP

I tried to add OpenSolaris-SXCE-b103 as a dual-boot to an existing WindowsXP-Pro machine, in a single HDD configuration. Had trouble setting the partition table, and then GRUB did not correctly detect the NTFS partition. I *think* the partition table is intact, but GRUB refuses to boot the windows partition. How can I fix it? Continue reading

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Build a Rackmount ZFS NAS (part 1)

This post is a draft-in-progress. Needed to share the info so here it is – in unfinished form. I’m currently starting my own software company and needed fast, reliable storage on the network at an affordable price. I wanted RAID-5 … Continue reading

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