Apr 28, 2012

skype in OpenIndiana via browser

Skype can work on OpenIndiana in the browser ( here firefox 12 ) on

First the microphone didn't work for me, but I found a hint about the
Global settings manager, because in the settings menu I didn't get a microphone.

In the skype call make a right click and go to Global Settings. In the new browser window follow the link How do I get to the Settings Manager

In the flash which is opening allow imo.im to access the devices. 

Now the http://imo.im Skype has also a microphone. My test showed, that 
I'm hearing my voice a like I would be Mickey Mouse, but it works and 
Save about 600 MB memory for a virtual Windows Installation in Virtualbox

OpenIndiana 151a3 : Upgrade VirtualBox to 4.1.14, Firefox 12, Thunderbird 12

I did now some upgrade on the OpenIndiana 151a3 installation:

  • Firefox 12
    Download from here. I used the tar-Archive and the browser works well
    without problems for me.
  • ThunderBird 12
    Download form here. I used also the tar-Archive here.
    For lightning you need the 1.4 version on Thunderbird 12. This works
    for ThunderBird. engimail is missing.
  • VirtualBox 4.1.14
    Upgraded from 4.1.12 to 4.1.14. There are now major changes for
    the Solaris platform as mentioned in the changelog.
    Installation didn't have problems. LD_NODIRECT=1 environment
    is still needed to start. 

Apr 13, 2012

Upgrade Laptop from OpenIndiana 151a2 -> 151a3

On 12th April the next release of OpenIndiana 151a3 was released via
IPS on http:/pkg.openindiana.org/dev.

The Update succeeded without problems:

root@solewer:~# pkg update --be-name OSOL151a3
                Packages to remove:     1
               Packages to install:     7
                Packages to update:  1125
           Create boot environment:   Yes
DOWNLOAD                                  PKGS       FILES    XFER (MB)
Completed                              1133/1133   9533/9533  495.2/495.2

PHASE                                        ACTIONS
Removal Phase                               121/7656
Warning - directory /tmp/tmphZ2xLX/usr/share/man/cat1m not empty or not expected during operation - contents preserved in /tmp/tmphZ2xLX/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/share/man/cat1m-20120413T193032Z
Removal Phase                              7656/7656
Install Phase                              7762/7762
Update Phase                             14236/14236

PHASE                                          ITEMS
Package State Update Phase                 2258/2258
Package Cache Update Phase                 1126/1126
Image State Update Phase                         2/2

PHASE                                          ITEMS
Reading Existing Index                           8/8
Indexing Packages                          1133/1133
Indexing Packages                          1133/1133
Optimizing Index...

PHASE                                          ITEMS
Indexing Packages                          1350/1350

A clone of OI151a2 exists and has been updated and activated.
On the next boot the Boot Environment OSOL151a3 will be mounted on '/'.
Reboot when ready to switch to this updated BE.

NOTE: Please review release notes posted at:


You have new mail in /var/mail/root

Apr 6, 2012

VirtualBox 4.1.12 is release and installed on OpenIndiana 151a2

Now I've installed VirtualBox 4.1.12 on OpenIndiana 151a2.

With the environment variable LD_NODIRECT=1 the installation works.

Here is the changelog

Skype was still crashing in the previous releases. Lets wait if it is getting
better now. Maybee 512MB memory for XP is too less.