UNIX/WORLD Review Sun 2 Workstation, October 1984

I was looking around for information on Lions’ Commentary when I came across this site which happened to be of a journalist who reviewed the Sun 2 workstation for the UNIX/WORLD magazine back in 1984.
The reference to a Sun employee demonstrating the dual head capability made me smile & reminded me of the Project Looking Glass demonstration.

What took me there was his derivative copy of the UNIX v6 source code but I also grabbed the v7 documentation which he posted up as updated PDF (changelog on the page)

Configuring OpenSolaris with IPv6 connectivity

To configure OpenSolaris to use IPv6 NDP (neighbour discovery protocol) create an empty file named in the following convention:
first hash being the interface number & the second being a user defined number for a logical interface

If you’re having DNS resolution issues, do
cp /etc/nsswitch.dns /etc/nsswitch.conf

To configure OpenSolaris to use a static IPv6 address
create a file using the same convention as mentioned during the NDP stage above & inside it add
addif ipv6address/mask up
addif 2a01:300:200::1/64 up

To configure your default IPv6 router on OpenSolaris
create a file named /etc/defaultrouter6 & add the ip address inside

The instructions above make the changes persist across reboots, if you’d like to make changes to a current session, the configuring an IPv6 network section of the IP services Solaris administration guide is a handy reference.
These instructions should also apply to Solaris as well though I haven’t tested it.
The source of information for this article was the IPv6hostsolaris wiki article.

One of the following problems exists: Hardware failure Unformatted disk

If you’re trying to install Solaris (SPARC) on a disc which previously had another O/S (*BSD) on it, you will more then likely come across the following error after the system identification stage is complete:
One or more disks are found, but one of the following problems exists:
> Hardware failure

> Unformatted disk.
The problem is to do with the disc label, at the shell fireup format with the e switch
format -e
select the disc which you are trying to install onto, if you are told that the disc doesnt not contain a disk label, would you like to write a lablel, say yes & specify the type as SMI Label, If youre not asked about the label & presented with a menu, goto the partition section, choose label, specify the type as SMI.
quit & reboot & all should be well 🙂

Running Solaris 9 on Mac Virtual PC

Solaris 9 normally wont allow you to install onto a virtual machine on Virtual PC, it bombs out with the error
486 Processor Detected
This Processor is not supported by this release of Solaris

Thanx to this simple hack found on Kernel Thread its possible to install Solaris 9 without a hitch on VPC

Simply run the following commands against the .iso of the install CD or Software #1 CD:
perl -pi -e 's#Pentium II#ff/08.....#g' filename.iso
VPC 6 users: perl -pi -e 's#GenuineIntel#ConnectixCPU#g' filename.is
VPC 7 users: perl -pi -e 's#GenuineIntel#Virtual CPU #g' filename.iso