Archive for December, 2008

OpenSolaris 2008.11 is out – try it!

December 10, 2008

Why? Because of: Security, Package Manager, ZFS Time Slider, ZFS, Zones, integrated CIFS and NFS file server, and more.

Who? Everyone that needs a robust and secure operating system with some really unique features and a growing community. For example: for safe web surfing without having to install a virus scanner, for creating office documents, for building a flexible multimedia file server or for programming.

Where to download? http://www.opensolaris.org/os/downloads/. On the right, under “Quick Download Links”, click on OpenSolaris 2008.11 to download the image. You can then burn a bootable CD from it, install it on your internal or external hard disk or on a USB stick, or use it as a bootable image in VirtualBox.

What else?

OpenSolaris 2008.11 launch today – you will be surprised

December 10, 2008

Please read this and this page, and this and this after 09:00 PDT today…

Try out the new, improved DSC!

December 4, 2008

Those of you who have not yet loaded http://docs.sun.com into your browser, please do so now and I’m sure you’ll notice many of the improvements since the the last version.

Navigation and loading of pages appears to be much faster than before, and I also like the layout better. Thanks to everyone who made that possible!

Getting rid of “Close Firefox – Firefox is already running, but is not responding”

December 2, 2008

Sometimes, one Firefox instance is not enough. For example, if you want to separate two Java applets which otherwise would be using the same instance of the JVM. Or if an application times out and you have to log in again but the application does not clean up its cookies so you would have to close the whole browser with all its tabs before you can restart that application.

You may already have seen this nice picture if you attempt to start a second instance of Firefox, using an already existing profile:

For these cases, I have developed a short script that:

  • creates a new Firefox profile, using the -CreateProfile command line option
  • copies all the files from another profile (name template, must exist before) to the newly created profile directory
  • runs firefox -P <new profile> -no-remote
  • removes the profile directory afterwards
  • and also cleans up the profiles.ini file.

Any customizing or configuration, like installing add-ons or setting preferences, should be performed in the template profile, as any customizing in the newly created profile will be gone after ending Firefox when using the script. You already know how to start Firefox with profile template, right? If not, it’s: firefox -P template -no-remote

Click here for the script

Oh – although I tested it (on Solaris), using up to 5 Firefox 3 instances and closing them in different orders, there’s absolutely no guarantee, warranty or similar. Feedback is welcome.