Booting & Login
Boot time for OpenSolaris is pretty fast. I didn’t notice any lengthy delays or other annoying slowness.
The bootsplash screen is simple and effective. You can opt to type ‘e’ to edit the commands before booting or ‘c’ to get to a command line.
The login screen is also simple. You can change your language or choose your session.
OpenSolaris uses GNOME 2.24 for its desktop environment.
The first thing you notice when booting into your OpenSolaris desktop is the blue wallpaper with the OpenSolaris logo. The desktop isn’t cluttered but there are a few icons on it:
Add More Software
If you haven’t used OpenSolaris before, it’s a good idea to click the Start Here icon. You’ll find some helpful links that will get you up to speed on OpenSolaris.
If you’ve used GNOME before then you’ll feel right at home in OpenSolaris. Click the Applications menu at the top left to get started. Applications are laid out in the usual categories:
Sound & Video
There are also menus for Places and System stuff as well in the upper left corner of your desktop. You’ll also find icons for Home, Firefox, Thunderbird, Package Manager and Terminal.
In the upper right corner of your desktop there is an icon you can click to update your system with Update Manager. One of the first things I did was to update mine and I had no problem downloading or installing my system updates.
Here’s a sample of the software included in this release.
Five or More
Digital Camera Browser
Rhythmbox Music Player
Totem Movie Player
Evince Document Viewer
Package Manager is the tool used to manage software in OpenSolaris. You can access it by simply clicking the Add More Software icon on your desktop. Application categories are broken down into the following categories:
Configuration and Preferences
Graphics and Imaging
Panels and Applets
Plug-ins and Run-times
Sound and Video
Adding or removing software is easy and there’s additional software available in Package Manager that is not installed by default. So be sure to take a few minutes and browse around or do some searches to find useful software.
If you want you can add other repositories to Package Manager by clicking File then Manage Repositories.
If you click the Update All button in Package Manager you can update all of your existing packages. Be aware though that this creates a new default boot environment that consists of the updated packages. So don’t be confused if you restart your system and see the old and new boot environments listed on the bootsplash screen.