about Opensolaris.

Last night i decided to give Opensolaris 10.something a try.

Lets start with the install procedure, i wanted to place it on

a primary partition of my harddrive. On that drive i have two other

primary partitions and 4 logical partitions.

When it came to choose the install location i was really confused.

OS showed me just 3 Partitions and not 7. After a while of checking

partition sizes it came to me that it showed the 4 logical ones as

one whole partition, ok, a little bit disturbing, but not that much.

The rest of the install runs fine and smooth without much user interaction

or any problems.

Besides the fact that it behaves just like windows and overwrites the MBR

of the harddrive without asking for confirmation or something like that.

It recognized my windows install that i could boot later on, but not

my arch linux installation which i had to recover by hand after i shot

OS to the ground.

So i rebooted and was able to login to OS, but wait, what is that?

No connection to my lan? And with that no connection to the internet?

How is that?

Every fucking linux distribution is able to setup by DHCP network.

So i was looking around until i found out, there comes no driver for

my Marvell GB ethernet device with OS.

Oh wait, that is wrong, there is a driver, but it isn’t shipped with the


However, google is my friend and after downloading the appropriate driver

from marvell with my laptop, moving it to the usb stick and then to the

OS installation i was able to install it „easily“ with some mysterious


Ok, now that i have internet i wanted to check out the temperature

for my cpu. All i found was a mysterious dtrace solution which doesnt

work for some ASUS Mobos, which i had one. However, i didnt get

the script working anyways.

But, no problem, i dont need the temperature urgently, what i needed

was my data from my home partition or my backups which resided under

ext3 or ext4.

Googling gave me the hint that these filesystems are not supported by

default and i had to install another driver by hand, just to get

ext2 support in *read only*.

Wow, in mid 2009, OS already has ext2 read only support?

That is crap.

The same for NTFS.

Surely, Solaris or Opensolaris is a great server system

but for home use its nearly useless, at least for me.

It looked nice, but there are so many showstoppers that its

simply unuseable for me…