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Thursday, June 5, 2008

OpenSolaris 2008.05 (part - IV)

Check Out :

OpenSolaris 2008.05 (part - I)
OpenSolaris 2008.05 (part - II)
OpenSolaris 2008.05 (part - III)

Now another new features I came to know :

* Root login : Root login is NOT enabled in this distro. OpenSolaris 2008.05 describes root as a role using RBAC (Role Based Access Control).
(Read more about RBAC...)
So , you can be the root by using "su" cammand, but root login is not permissible. If you still want to login as root you need to disable the root feature from user profile and execute the following : "# rolemod -k type=normal root".
(Read more about login and root specifications ....)

** IPS (Image packaging system):
OpenSolaris 2008.05 (part - III) already described the features of "package manager" which is basically IPS GUI. IPS is a network centric packaging system which makes software installation , update and removal procedures easier than anything !! If you want to install openoffice or netbeans (6.0.1) or sunstudioexpress in your system , you simply need to execute the followings one by one :
$pkg install openoffice
$pkg install netbeans
$pkg install sunstudioexpress

(Read more about IPS....)

[I was trying to manually install glassfish-mysql bundled version of Netbeans 6.1 in my system (as "pkg install netbeans" installs 6.0.1 version). Check out what happened.]

*** Web Stack Components :
The OpenSolaris 2008.05 distro includes a set of widely used web technologies that provides options to easily build web applications.
web stack components includes "Apache HTTPd Server 2.2.8" , "MySQL 5.0.45" , "PHP 5.2.4" , "PostgreSQL 8.2" , "Ruby on Rails" , "Squid 2.6" and "memcached 1.2.2".
Non- root users can easily install these packages in their system by using "pfexec" command. Say , if you want to install Mysql , you need to execute the following : "pfexec pkg install SUNWmysql5".

(Check out the full list....)

[I didn't know that Mysql can be installed so easily !! I tried to install Mysql for solaris 10 on OpenSolaris 2008.05 . Check out what happened.]

Anyway , Web Stack UI component will allow you to admin over the components like start and stop apache2 / mysql servers graphically etc.

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