Wednesday, February 25, 2009

HP to Sell Solaris

Its official, HP will start bundling Solaris on their x86 rack servers. Wow.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Boomer webrev posted, screenshots

I've posted a webrev of the Boomer tree against onnv_109. While the review itself is probably daunting, and I'm not actively asking for folks to review it, you are welcome to do so anyway. Please send us your feedback if you have any.

Here's a couple of snapshots of our updated gnome-volume-control running on an Ultra 20, as well. (Note that we've enabled display of all "tracks".)

First the Playback tab, which shows individual slider support for each of the analog controls, as well as a single monophonic "master volume" slider. If we had an older system that didn't have independent volume control, we might have an option at the bottom of the screen to select playback sources. Its not required on this system.

The Recording tab shows some improvements. Instead of having just a single monitor gain control, you can now independently control the monitor gain for each of several input sources. There is only a single "record gain", but that's a hardware limitation. Notice that you have some additional features on this particular device: an optional 20dB microphone boost, and the ability to select from one of two different microphone inputs. These are device specific options.

The Options tab has some other bits. First off, notice the slider that lets you control the keyboard beep volume. This is device specific (it requires the system to be designed to route the PC beeper through the audio codec -- a common choice on laptops), but it can be useful.

On this system, you also have some jack retasking options. You can use the input jacks (mic and line in) as Surround and Center/LFE functions, as I've shown here. With this option, you can achieve 5.1 audio even on the original Sun Ultra 20. The Loopback option is intended to take your recording source and loop the input directly to the DAC output, bypassing the mixer altogether. I doubt it will be often useful, but since the hardware can do it, there is no reason not to offer the choice here. Note that most of these advanced options are not displayed by default in the application, but require you to enable them in the Preferences Dialog.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

SDcard Panics, Ricoh Controllers

I figured I better post this publicly. If you have a Ricoh SD controller (pci1180,522) then you don't want to use SDcard in OpenSolaris with it. You'll probably get panics, memory corruption, etc.

There is a known bug -- CR 6797937 that tracks this issue. I've filed an RTI for this issue, and hope to have it pushed later today. You can review the diffs for this on this webrev, if you're so inclined.

This is known to affect Toshiba Tecra M10, IBM T61, and probably a bunch of others besides.

Sorry to those folks affected, we're trying to drive the fix for this out as quickly as possible. It should be in 109.

Update (Feb 5, 8:19pm PST): The fix for this problem was just pushed into ON. It will be in tonight's nightly build.