OpenSolaris is a fine system (ZFS with time-slider and DTrace are
*amazing* technologies), but it definitely has some drawbacks as
a desktop when it comes to media playback. For some reason, it is very
difficult to find a per-compiled binary of VLC for it, for instance.
The only one that did exist, on a site called Living With Solaris
(http://lifewithsolaris.jp/) was removed due to license or copyright or
codec patent concerns or some other such reason.
However, whilst I don't know specifically about the applications you are
interested in, but it is worth bearing in mind that there are additional
opensolaris.org repositories that you can enable above and beyond the
rather limited default.
--- <snip> ----
http://pkg.opensolaris.org/release - The release repository is now the
defaultauthority for new users of OpenSolaris. This repository will be
slower evolving, receiving milestone updates every 6 months with a new
release of OpenSolaris. Significant bug fixes, security updates and new
software may be provided, prior to these milestone updates, that users
http://pkg.opensolaris.org/contrib - The contrib repository is a new
repository allowing community members to contribute software, in the form
of binary packages, that haven't yet been included in the release
repository. This repository may act as a staging location for inclusion of
sofware into the release repository at a later stage based on a review of
quality, and usefulness.
http://pkg.opensolaris.org/dev - The developer repository is a new
repository acting as a staging repository for the next version of
OpenSolaris. This repository, updated on a bi-weekly basis, will contain
the latest and greatest software available for OpenSolaris but may not
have the same level of quality as the release repository.
http://pkg.sun.com/opensolaris/extra - The extra repository is a new
repository, hosted on sun.com, which provides software that cannot be
re-distributed due to licensing eg. VirtualBox and Flash plugin for
Firefox. Users will be able to access this repository free of charge,
through an updated certificate that they can pass on to their package
manager for authorization.
https://pkg.sun.com/opensolaris/support - The supported repository is a
repository providing the latest bug fixes and updates. Users will be able
to access this repository if they have a current support subscription from
--- </snip> ----
Also, see https://pkg.sun.com/register/status for access to
On Mon, 29 Jun 2009, Darragh wrote:
> Good evening,
>> I'm faced with the horrible task of finding a distribution that ticks all my boxes after the really bad accessibility due to Pulseaudio in Ubuntu 9.04.
>> I'm liking OpenSolaris at the moment but the packages it comes with seem to be quite limited either in enabled functionality or in the available options when installing new packages.
>> Take example Totem, it doesn't support playing media over a Samba share out of the box.
> It doesn't come with a torrent app out of the box either and although I understand that their trying to keep the footprint of the installed system very low, I haven't found one in the list of available applications in the software install tool either.
>> I might explore Fedora 10 but unlike Ubuntu, OpenSolaris or OpenSuSE I cant install that independently as there is no software based synthesizer available for the screen reader during installation so it turns me off.
>> Any suggestions welcome.
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