Following the inauguration of S.O.U.R.C.E on 20th September, there was an enthusiastic response from the members of the group to present sessions on Sun's open source technologies.
On 4th October 2008, a technical session focusing on OpenSolaris 2008.05 was conducted. This session had an introduction on OpenSolaris by Gautam Muduganti (Sun OU Campus Ambassador) followed by a detailed presentation by Mr. Raghuveer and Mr. Laxman, both third year CSE students.
The sessions covered the following:
- Installation of OpenSolaris in dual boot and triple boot models. The Triple boot model was emphasized as many of the existing systems had Windows XP and Fedora
- Running OpenSolaris 2008.05 under VirtualBox environment installed on Windows XP
- Package Manager features specifically for downloading additional software with emphasis on C compiler
- Creating, Compiling and Executing C, C++, Java programs
- Configuration of Internet on Router based Static IP model and on PPPOE with standard broadband connections
- An overview of advanced topics of OpenSolaris - ZFS, Image Packaging System, Dtrace, Containers
- A Live demonstration of Compiz Fusion on OpenSolaris
- A Live demonstration of installation of Triple Boot Operating System Model
The Tech-Session concluded with interaction with the audience where their queries were answered and feedback was taken so as to make the future sessions, more efficient and interesting. Following the session, OpenSolaris 2008.05 CD's were distributed among the attendees in-order to encourage them to install OpenSolaris and experiment with the operating system. The installation procedure was documented and was made available at the OSUM site for reference.
There was an excellent support from our Faculty (Mr. M.V.S. Subramanyam) who provided two write-ups on Internet configuration and installation of OpenSolaris.
A total of about 35 - 40 enthusiastic students participated in this event.