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I'm installing OpenSolaris on my laptop...again. This is the first time I've tried tri-booting OSes and I've run into a few catches.

1)First, I've already got Vista and Ubuntu dual-booting and when I tried to create another partition(a 5th partition), neither Windows nor Gparted would let me. So, I deleted the stupid "recovery" partition that some Dell utility uses in case you eff up your Windows install. Like I need that anyway, hah!

2)Solaris installed fine, quickly and in ONE partition(WTF is up with Linux using so many partitions anyway?) I had to click maybe three times and type in my username and PW and that was it. Easiest install ever. BUT, when I rebooted, Ubuntu was gone from the Grub bootloader(hello, memories of trying to install windows after Linux and having it wipe out the MBR!)

3)I found a utility called Super Grub Disk and it allowed me to get back into Ubuntu and get my Grub info so I can add it to the Solaris Grub menu but...when I rebooted the Solaris Grub menu was gone, LOL.

4)I'm now reinstalling Solaris, since it's easier than recovering it since I have no data or settings stored on that partition anyway and then I'll set up Solaris' Grub to load Ubuntu as well as Windows and then I should be all set. Well, other than configuring Solaris and stuff.

In other news, I'm going to apply to become a volunteer examiner for the FCC's ham license test because they are going to do a testing at DEFCON and I might help them out.


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Jul. 8th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
Heh. Tell me how you like it once it's up and running. I haven't used it at all yet.

Jul. 8th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
So far it's almost exactly like Ubuntu. It comes with a default installation of Gnome and almost all the same utilities and stuff.
Jul. 8th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
OMG, it's so hawt when I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.
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Jul. 8th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
It's not hard. It's almost exactly the same as Ubuntu. It's just the tri-booting that's annoying to set up. I guess GNU's grub couldn't deal with Solaris' ZFS/XFS filesystem so they had to modify it to work with that, but I don't know why it doesn't automatically recognize linux.
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Jul. 8th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Oh good, I'm glad you told me because I've been thinking about trying it. Screw that noise.
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