Openstep on a SparcStation 5/Solaris 2.5.1 - So close yet...

Started by martinws, July 07, 2008, 03:30:58 pm

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martinws

I have got so close to installing OpenStep on my SparcStation 5.

After setting my .xinitrc file to the one provide in openstep/lib, the Openstep Window manager appears (from the 'openwin' command). Problem is I cannot get it to display the dock nor can I run any of the OpenStep applications provided since openstep is reporting an error message saying I need to run the window manager resolution at 72x72 dpi, however xdpyinfo is saying I am running at 90x90 dpi.

Any _easy_ way to forcing the dpi perhaps via the openwin startup?

Thanks,

Martin

itomato

I had similar troubles getting "regular" Openstep to run on a SPARC box (Solaris 10), so I started using "LuBu Openmagic" instead.  Cheap way out, I know, but it works great.

http://alge.anart.no/projects/openmagic/
-itomato

martinws

Quote from: "itomato"I had similar troubles getting "regular" Openstep to run on a SPARC box (Solaris 10), so I started using "LuBu Openmagic" instead.  Cheap way out, I know, but it works great.

http://alge.anart.no/projects/openmagic/


Hi thanks for that, I'll investigate this stuff.

In the meantime, looking at his install instructions http://alge.anart.no/projects/openmagic/INSTALL.txt

A valuable clue has allowed me to get the 'original' NeXTstep code (from this site) working.

Specifically:

>Make sure the following line is present in /etc/dt/config/Xservers:
>:0 Local local_uid@console root /usr/openwin/bin/Xsun :0 -nobanner -dpi 72

Since I do not have the directory in /etc/dt/config, I thought I'd try
fixing the 'Xservers' file in /usr/dt/config and restarting the dtlogin process. This works a treat! I now have openstep running on my Sparcstation.  :D

Regards,

Martin

kb7sqi

I installed that years ago on Solaris 8.  It was pretty cool using having the NeXT GUI running on Solaris.  But, I eventually just loaded OPENSTEP 4.2 on the system instead.  It's been running that way every since. :-D

martinws

Quote from: "kb7sqi"I installed that years ago on Solaris 8.  It was pretty cool using having the NeXT GUI running on Solaris.  But, I eventually just loaded OPENSTEP 4.2 on the system instead.  It's been running that way every since. :-D


Now you're just trying to make me jealous aren't you?  :wink:

Martin

kb7sqi

Quote from: "martinws"
Quote from: "kb7sqi"I installed that years ago on Solaris 8.  It was pretty cool using having the NeXT GUI running on Solaris.  But, I eventually just loaded OPENSTEP 4.2 on the system instead.  It's been running that way every since. :-D


Now you're just trying to make me jealous aren't you?  :wink:

Martin


Running OPENSTEP 4.2 is a great choice for an older Sparc 5, 10, or 20.  But if you're running a newer system, it's obvious you can't run OPENSTEP 4.2 on them.  So OPENSTEP for Solaris is a good choice.  ;-)  The one Sparc I wish OPENSTEP ran on is the old LX's/SparcClassic's.  The old lunch box systems.  Blazing 50mhz, but they're small compact systems. Take care.

martinws

Quote from: "kb7sqi"
Quote from: "martinws"
Quote from: "kb7sqi"I installed that years ago on Solaris 8.  It was pretty cool using having the NeXT GUI running on Solaris.  But, I eventually just loaded OPENSTEP 4.2 on the system instead.  It's been running that way every since. :-D


Now you're just trying to make me jealous aren't you?  :wink:

Martin


Running OPENSTEP 4.2 is a great choice for an older Sparc 5, 10, or 20.  But if you're running a newer system, it's obvious you can't run OPENSTEP 4.2 on them.  So OPENSTEP for Solaris is a good choice.  ;-)  The one Sparc I wish OPENSTEP ran on is the old LX's/SparcClassic's.  The old lunch box systems.  Blazing 50mhz, but they're small compact systems. Take care.


Is OPENSTEP 4.2 freely available? If so where?
The openstep 1.0 I've downloaded from this site has really peaked my interest.

Martin

Noth

Hi guys,

Reading all this made me curious... Wish I'd known about this back in 97! So, after getting OpenStep1.1 for Solaris off some ftp server, I installed it on my Ultra1/170 in SunOS5.9. I fixed the DPI thing, and then logged in via the failsafe session from dtlogin, CDE's attempt at a login server. Launching oswm + openstep doesn't exactly do much, the iconbar on the right appears but is just grey, no icons or anything. I've got the feeling that what I downloaded was pretty basic. So... questions:

1. How do you get dtlogin to add a session option for OpenStep ?
2. Should I be doing any extra config steps?

http://docs.sun.com keeps refering to an OpenStep Solaris Installation Guide which of course no longer exists. Really useful :P.

Any ideas much appreciated!

Noth
NeXT Cube 040 (NeXTSTEP 3.3), SUN SparcStation5 (NeXTSTEP 3.3), SGI Indigo2 R10000 (IRIX 6.5.22), SGI VSW320 (Windows 2000/Slakware 9.1)

protocol7

Forgive me for these noob questions, but I'm totally new to Solaris and can't figure out how to get OpenStep to run.

I have a Ultra 5 with Solaris 2.5.1 and I've installed OpenStep 1.0.

I don't have a /usr/dt/config folder or a /etc/dt folder (or even a graphical login screen) so what do I need to do next to get OpenStep to run?

ebann

Quote from: "protocol7"Forgive me for these noob questions, but I'm totally new to Solaris and can't figure out how to get OpenStep to run.

I have a Ultra 5 with Solaris 2.5.1 and I've installed OpenStep 1.0.

I don't have a /usr/dt/config folder or a /etc/dt folder (or even a graphical login screen) so what do I need to do next to get OpenStep to run?


install OPENSTEP 4.2 instead... unless you really want to run OpenStep on top of Solaris  :wink:
White Box running OPENSTEP 4.2
Dual Pentium III 550MHz | 320MB ECC SDRAM
Matrox Millenium II 8MB
SanDisk 2GB Compact Flash (CF-to-IDE)

protocol7

OPENSTEP 4.2 won't run on a Ultra 5, so I really do want to run OpenStep on top of Solaris ;)

Did the afore-mentioned Installation Guide ever surface?

ebann

Quote from: "protocol7"OPENSTEP 4.2 won't run on a Ultra 5, so I really do want to run OpenStep on top of Solaris ;)

Did the afore-mentioned Installation Guide ever surface?


Oh... Ultra 5... thought you meant Sparcstation 5... doh!  Sorry... can't help ya.  I've opted to run OpenStep Enterprise on top of my Windows XP... same thing but different machine.
White Box running OPENSTEP 4.2
Dual Pentium III 550MHz | 320MB ECC SDRAM
Matrox Millenium II 8MB
SanDisk 2GB Compact Flash (CF-to-IDE)

protocol7

Well, I have a Sparc 5 as well, but I want to get OpenStep for Solaris running on this box anyway.

Just struck it lucky on archive.org. Found the old OpenStep for Solaris page with the link to the installation guide :)

protocol7

Finding the installation guide was the key. It's up and running now and looking fairly crumby in 8-bit colour ;). Gotta get a better graphics card for this some day.

Anyway, I packed up the Installation Guide for anyone who'd like to keep a local copy. Get it here.

bkmoore

Congratulations on getting OpenSTEP on SUN up and running. I have never seen it running in real life, but it looks pretty cool.

I'm curious if anyone around here knows the inside story as to why SUN spent all that time and money implementing OpenSTEP, not just the spec, but also the UI, only to drop it a year or two later for Java. SUN was once a great company. Sorry about the troll. Just curious.

I used a SUN for a while in the military- it was slow but it worked. I don't remember the model number, or which version of Solaris it was running, the UI (CDE) was butt ugly though. If I knew at the time about OpenSTEP on Solaris, I would have installed it as I had root access and it was basically my SUN.

The one thing I liked about SUN was the Control key was where the Caps lock is on a PC or Mac. Very good for Emacs. I swap those keys on any computer I use.

Brian