Third install!

In preparation for my new job, I've installed OpenSolaris on Pouxie, my wife's old desktop machine (a nice 2GHz Athlon). I've used Belenix, a live CD that includes a driver for Pouxie's onboard NForce ethernet interface.

So far I'm having a lot of fun. It took me three hours (spread over four days...damn this commute) to get a static IP address assigned to the thing, and then to get DNS working. But after a reinstall (a newer version of Belenix had come out that included the Sun packaging tools, which should let me use Blastwave to grab Emacs...a good first project, I think), I had it up and running in just a few minutes. Progress!

For those playing the home game, here's what I had to do:

  1. modinfo | grep nfo: yep, the module has been loaded.
  2. ifconfig -a | grep nfo0: Not there.
  3. dladm show-link: But it is here.
  4. echo " pouxie-2" >> /etc/inet/hosts
  5. echo "pouxie-2" > /etc/hostname.nfo0 ; echo "netmask" >> /etc/hostname.nfo0
  6. echo "" > /etc/defaultrouter
  7. reboot -- -r: to get Solaris to find the new interface (?)
  8. ifconfig -a: Now it shows up configured.
  9. svcadm --disable svc:/network/inetmenu: Otherwise, it interferes with the change to nsswitch.conf I'm going to do up ahead.
  10. svcadm --enable svc:/network/dns/client: I long to know what this actually turns on.
  11. cp /etc/nsswitch.dns /etc/nsswitch.conf
  12. echo "nameserver" >> /etc/resolv.conf
  13. ping It's alive!

Happy birthday, OpenSolaris!