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Software engineer at Sun Oracle working on the X Window System for Solaris, OpenSolaris, and Linux. Active member of the X.Org community.


May
5
comment Deciding on a font, and determining the proper notation
The XLFD specification can be found at x.org/releases/current/doc along with a more up-to-date version of that old XFree86 doc you linked to.
Feb
9
comment Why is the default process creation mechanism fork?
POSIX has in fact added a complex fork-and-exec combined interface in posix_spawn: pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/009695399/functions/… Most software still uses the older, simpler interfaces though.
Jan
16
comment How to install software in solaris?
Only if netbackup is provided in one of the package repositories you have configured, which given it's a commercial package sold by Symantec, it may not be.
Jan
1
comment display login window as list of users
That picture looks nothing like xdm though, so it must be a more modern display manager. (At least upstream xdm has no ability to choose language or session.)
Dec
19
answered Is FreeBSD license easier than Ubuntu/Fedora/CentOS/ArchLinux when it comes to GPL + Close source + Sell?
Dec
12
comment Is there a yum or apt-get like system on Solaris?
@symcbean You must be remembering the old SVR4 packaging system from Solaris 10 and earlier. Solaris 11 pkg absolutely does dependency management.
Dec
10
answered Recursive search doesn't work for grep on solaris
Nov
22
comment How do you configure numpad keys using XKB?
Have you looked in the keypad symbols file?
Nov
21
comment What is a good X application I can use to test the X server on Solaris?
@NullUserException - sorry, no, I've not tried installing the Oracle DB.
Nov
18
comment What is a good X application I can use to test the X server on Solaris?
@NullUserException: you should have found xeyes is in pkg:/x11/demo and xterm is in pkg:/terminal/xterm. The compatibility/packages/SUNWxwplt depends on those as it installs everything that was in the Solaris 10 SUNWxwplt package, for compatibility with old SVR4 packages that depend on SUNWxwplt and while it may go away, the actual packages should not.
Nov
17
comment What is a good X application I can use to test the X server on Solaris?
All of those are available on Solaris 11 if you install the packages - use pkg search xeyes for instance to find the right package. Whether they're installed by default or not depends on whether you used the text or gui installer.
Nov
17
comment What is a good X application I can use to test the X server on Solaris?
On Solaris 10 and older, it's in /usr/openwin/bin - on Solaris 11 it's in /usr/bin.
Nov
17
answered Manipulating X key and pointer grabs on the command line
Sep
28
comment OpenSolaris vs. Debian for Xen Hypervisor VM server
OpenSolaris did support Xen, but OpenSolaris is itself no longer supported. Oracle's replacement, Solaris 11, dropped the Xen support; the community fork, OpenIndiana, still has it, but seems to be focusing on KVM instead.
Sep
27
answered X -config Leaves a Blank Screen
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