News: JavaFX 1.2, NB 6.7 RC1

  • JavaFX SDK 1.2
    Not sure if I missed the big announcement, but the SDK is released in version 1.2 and even more exciting, it supports LINUX and OpenSolaris.
    Go get your copy at (link)
  • Netbeans 6.7 RC1
    We are walking fast towards the final 6.7 release of Netbeans. The RC1 is out now. Check it out at (link)

How to install PostgreSQL on OpenSolaris

The installation is not straight forward as a double-click “setup.exe” on Windows. I summarized the steps to get a running PostgreSQL 8.3.x installation on OpenSolaris 2008.11. All done using a terminal session. Commands to execute in green.

  1. Login or open terminal as root user.
  2. pkg install SUNWpostgr-83-server
  3. pkg install SUNWpostgr-83-client
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How to Install Netbeans 6.5 on OpenSolaris

If you are spoilt with double-click Installers and hardly ever opened a DOS-Box, you might be challenged getting some applications up and running in Linux, Unix or OpenSolaris. The Package Manager offers you quite a huge selection of applications and tools that you just select and install, but some stuff requires some manual steps, like Netbeans.

– Downloaded Netbeans (, link here)
– Installed JDK (link here)

– export JAVA_HOME=/{your jdkpath}
– export PATH=$PATH:$JAVA_HOME/bin:$JAVA_HOME/jre/bin
– Add too add to /etc/profile

Installing Netbeans
– Open terminal session as normal user
– Navigate to the folder with the file
– Make it executable chmod +x
xhost +
– Change to root user su –
export DISPLAY=:0.0
– Execute Installer ./
– Rest self-explaining by the standard interactive GUI installer.

I also recommend to visit the plugins to get the latest updates.

Good Luck

Installing OpenSolaris 2008.11

I downloaded the LiveCD already a while ago, but only after the last SUN TechDays here I was inspired to finally install it.

Requirements: OpenSolaris LiveCD and any Mac or PC.

Before starting: Dont waste your time and bandwidth downloading the CD image. FIRST check if your hardware gonna work with OpenSolaris ! SUN offers a smart Java tool (link here) to check your hardware and available driver.

Get Started: Fairly easy Get the ISO file (link here), create a CD and start on any desktop or notebook up. It is a LiveCD, so it starts up from CD and you can play around with it until you decide to install it (there is a desktop shortcut!) or trash it. Note that all application need to be loadd from CD, so this does not refelct the real performance of an installed system.

Out of 2 desktops and 2 notebooks only 1 works fine, or better all drivers were available:
Notebook Dell Vostro 1500 with Intel 8400, 4GB, NVDIA 8600,..

On 2 desktops there was no lan driver available.

On a Notebook Compaq CQ40 during starting from CD the loudspeaker creates a extreme loud squeeching noise which you cant switch of, after hearing this for 1 minute you wont go further.

Extra Software I installed so far:

  • Virtualbox
  • JDK 1.6_11
  • Netbeans 6.5 with Python addon
  • OpenOffice 3.0
  • MySQL

Problems so far (with my hardware!):
Switching on all desktop special effects and flipping between desktops makes desktop freeze und you only can close windows that are already open.

The next release will hit the road in April 2009.

OpenSolaris 2008.11 released

2 days ago the latest OS version was released under the CDDL (free software license by SUN). Currently downloading the iso image I will have a look at its features. With my need to run several boxes for testing and development it is another option besides the various Linux distributions. Interesting enough, some hardware vendors (Toshiba,..) will start to ship notebooks with OpenSolaris preloaded.

Download the Live CD from (link)