There's a couple reasons this could happen:
1) You burned a DVD on another computer, and your laptop only reads CDs and not DVDs
2) Your BIOS is not set to try to boot from CD first... hit DEL or F2 or whatever the key is that it calls for to enter setup just as you turn on your laptop and see the "Dell" (or whatever) screen. Find the submenu that lets you specify boot from CD before hard drive.
3) Your CD didn't burn right.
4) You're not hitting a key what you see the "any key to boot from CD" prompt
How do I find out how long to go before my password expires on a Solaris account ?
The information about password aging is kept in /etc/shadow.
See "man -s 4 shadow" for the format and description of
each field. Note that you must be "root" to read this file.
However, the "passwd" command provides access to this
info. Once again, if you are running as "root", the "-s"
option to passwd dumps out the stats you are asking about.
From the "passwd" man page, discussing the "-s" option:
The date password was last changed for name.
All password aging dates are determined
using Greenwich Mean Time (Universal Time)
and therefore can differ by as much as a day
in other time zones.
The minimum number of days required between
password changes for name. MINWEEKS is found
in /etc/default/passwd and is set to NULL.
The maximum number of days the password is
valid for name. MAXWEEKS is found in
/etc/default/passwd and is set to NULL.
The number of days relative to max before
the password expires and the name are
What satellite dish should i get for my nfusion solaris?
Ariza T55 Super-Dish 3 LNB
Have perfect signal on all LNB
Holds up to 8 LNB
Have 1 dish on your house
Authentic Wave Frontier LNBs
The more LNBs you have is the more Satellites you can lock onto for more Channels
Hope this Helps
How do I start a remote desktop session on Solaris? I have my display exported?
Since you know about $DISPLAY, you obviously know
how to remotely display specific applications
like "xterm". To get an entire "desktop" (ie. a
window manager), use "vnc".
This software is available on the "companion CD"
The basic idea is to start "vncserver" on the
fee $ rlogin foo
foo $ vncserver
and then use the vnc client on your local machine:
fee $ vncviewer -shared foo:1
Because the default window manager is "twm", I
also created the file $HOME/.vnc/xstartup to
contain the following so that my "desktop" would
xsetroot -solid grey
xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
I haven't tried it yet, but I've heard the claim
that the OpenSolaris X server supports this
directly (ie. so that you don't have to start
"vncserver" on the remote machine).
A couple of nice features to this is that it
allows you to share a desktop with someone who is
collaborating with you. Similarly, it allows you
to "join" your own existing desktop when you go
home from work at night
Definitely see the reference below.
Is Solaris a viable operating system for the home user, capable of running windows programs as well?
Solaris is a great system (I use it at work), but I would strongly NOT recommend it for what you asked. As a server, yes, but not necessarily as a personal system.
First of all, it's a Unix system, which means, unless your running some virtual machine package with it for Windows compatibility, you cannot run Windows software. Windows software runs on Windows. That's why everyone seems stuck with it. It's also the primary reason why Windows sucks as much as it does.
I really hate Windows a lot, so I'm biased. But you might consider another alternative: Linux.
Now Linux won't run Windows software either (unfortunately, that's the part you'll have to get past if you want to make a change). But here's some reasons to at least consider Linux:
1. It's a free, open source system. Everything that runs on it is also free and open source. Not just free as in cost, but free as in you can do anything you like with the software...even program changes into it if you're so inspired.
2. There is one Linux (the system kernel...the heart that runs the main system), but literally dozens and dozens of different "distributions" of Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, etc). The different "distros" are designed for either general desktop uses or specific uses, like on servers or for disgnostic/forensic use. You, obviously, would want a general desktop version...there are many good ones.
3. You can test Linux desktop versions out first. many come in the LiveCD format: you download an ISO file of the distro, burn the image to a CD, then boot the CD on your system. You can then run the full system from the CD to see how it looks and get a general idea of how applications work. You can then use the CD to install the system permanently on your hard disk and update it from the Internet.
4. There isn't anything you can do on Windows that you can't do on Linux.
5. There are no viruses, malware, spyware, trojans or other crap to attack the system. The security model is designed to prevent that stuff from ever reaching the system. When security updates are available, your system can notify you and automatically download them, in the background, while you work. You don't have to worry about security. Ever.
I've added a couple of links for your further reading. Don't get too lost in some of the Geek language about Linux. It's a solid, capable system that easily replaces Windows in all the ways I mentioned, and more. Lots of first-timers look to Ubuntu Linux (or it's brother distro, Kubuntu, which is my personal distro), due to its ease of installation and understanding. But many of the other listed distros are excellent.
That's the great thing...you have CHOICES! Microsoft doesn't give you choices, and if they do, you wind up lighter in the wallet.