Re: [orca-list] OpenSolaris b129 looking good for testing

Yes your idea for a page is the sort of thing I was thinking of. My only question would be the check boxes for state (LiveCD/installer/installed) might need to be a three way thing Works/partly/broken. The reason for partly is that if other accessibility should be added to opensolaris then only part may be broken and so may not affect all users. Notes is certainly useful.

I am just working out how much I would be prepared to put into this. At the moment opensolaris is not the main system I am using but I can imagine as things develop with it then I may use it more (I like alot I see on opensolaris so it is very interesting to me). As the iso files are too big for a CD, either would need to keep producing USB memory sticks with it on (prefer not too) or I will have to get sorted with using a VM. I don't feel happy enough at the moment to install it on one of my systems (I don't feel I want a development build as my main operating system). Will any suggestions on how I would help, would LiveCD/LiveUSB testing be useful?

I think time for the accessibility list for opensolaris, I thought I was a member of it but I haven't received a message from it for quite some time.

Michael Whapples
On 16/12/09 17:44, Willie Walker wrote:
Hi Michael: would be a good place to discuss accessibility issues specific to OpenSolaris. The mailman site available from the link above also provides you with access to other OpenSolaris mailing lists to join to discuss things like audio and graphics driver issues.

Is there anywhere I can find out the state of accessibility in any development build? If there isn't anywhere then Will could you keep us updated on this (Idon't know how others feel, it may be more of a topic for the opensolaris accessibility list).

This is a very good idea. To date, I've just been sending out announcements when I think we've reached a good milestone. But, it would be great if we could create a dashboard of some sort where community members can report on their experiences with given builds. I could imagine some simple table whose column headers were:

| Build | Live CD | Install | Installed System | Notes |


"Build" is the build ID

"Live CD" is a checkbox saying whether the live CD is accessible or not

"Install" is a checkbox saying whether the installer is accessible or not

"Installed System" is a checkbox saying whether the installed system is accessible or not

"Notes" provides information on known problems and pointers to bugs that have been filed. For example, maybe the DDU utility broke or packagemanager has issues or brltty crashes, etc.

The page could also include a quick set of smoke tests for anyone to run.

If you think this would be useful, I can try to work a skeleton up, but I would also like help from the community to maintain it.

Also, is it just me or are the latest CD ISO files too big for a CD or has a larger capacity CD been sneaked out without me noticing? Anyway if the CD is really a problem I have managed to put it on a USB memory stick before, I would just prefer a CD (its easier to create and gives good clues as to where you are in the boot process due to drive noise).

Yes - the ISO image is beyond CD size right now. I believe it will be reduced to a CD-sized image for the final release, though.



Michael Whapples
On -10/01/37 20:59, Willie Walker wrote:
Hi All:

I tested our internal development build of OpenSolaris b129 last week, and it is now publicly available on These development builds are all pointing to the next stable release of OpenSolaris due out sometime early next year.

From my testing, I believe we're now back on track with an accessible live CD and install. I haven't a chance to scour the OpenSolaris 2009.06 instructions at to see if they still apply to this development build, but I believe they should be up to date for the most part.

So, please feel free to take it for a test ride -- it seems to work nicely on my Toshiba NB205 netbook.


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