Running SUN Solaris 10 beta69 (10/04) on VMware

Jan Exss, a VMware NG user, posted on NG verified the new Solaris beta runs quite smooth on VMware and provides some configuration tips:

I just realized that the latest Beta of Solaris 10 x86 (b69, 10/04) is running the Xorg sever as default. And in contrast to earlier XFree86 based ports from Sun, the VMware driver has not been removed!

It has never been so easy to come to an acceptable video resolution in Solaris in VMware. For me, it took a little while to find out how to configure Xorg, so in case someone needs an idea:

– Leave the VGA mode Xserver by selecting “Command Line Login” from the “Options” menu.
– According to, you can’t use kdmconfig
– You could run “/usr/X11R6/bin/Xorg -configure”, but it does not work for me (screen turns black and hangs)…
– Instead, run /usr/X11R6/bin/xorgconfig

This is what I have answered (1024×768/24, US keyboard):

Enter a protocol number: 1
Do you want to enable Emulate3Buttons? n
Mouse device: [ENTER]
Enter a number to choose the keyboard: 7
Enter a number to choose the country: 1
Please enter a variant name for ‘us’ layout: [ENTER]
XKB options: [ENTER]
hsync: 10
vertical sync: 2
identifier for your monitor: [ENTER]
Do you want to look at the card database? y
Enter a number to choose the corresponding card definition: 29
video memory: 8
identifier for your video card definition: [ENTER]
list of modes (resolutions): 3
Which modes? 4
virtual screen that is larger than…? n
list of modes (resolutions): 4
default depth: 5
Shall I write it to /etc/X11/xorg.conf? y

Leaving the command line console should restart the Xorg server in full color mode.

There is still one problem: The Java Desktop is not starting and puts me back to the login screen. Starting “gnome-session” form the failsave terminal ends in a core dump. Okay, it’s still a beta…

However, CDE is running fine.

Thanks Jan for this contribute!