X works the same way it does on the sparc. You can
install the Common Desktop Environment (CDE) which provides
a customizable graphical desktop and menus. There are also
a multitude of window managers such as mwm, fvtwm, twm, olwm
and others that run on Solaris as well as Linux that make it look
exactly like a Windows machine on one end, or exactly
like a vanilla X/unix workstation on the other.
For booting, you can use System Commander. Basically
my choice was to support win9x and unix or NT. NT
sucks for a portable, win9x is great for games, particularly
with that 15" LCD. Incidentally, I have a small scan line problem
with the LCD at 640x480 in Windows, but not under Solaris.
For unix, I wanted something that supports really fast Java.
Linux is fragmented and usually takes a couple of weeks
to catch up to the latest patches and releases. Solaris
always supports it right off. Also, Oracle 8i (Internet)
supprts Solaris 7 on x86, but not Linux.
> I saw your post on the theatlantic.com and was hoping I could ask you a
> few questions about Solaris on the DEll Inspiron 7000
> Which version of Solaris did you use?
> How did X work, where there drivers and such for the video card?
> Do you have it dual booting?
> I would be interested to hear more about how it went.
> Jon Conaway
> Mt Tech of the University of Montana
> Geophysical Engineering Dept.
> 406 496 4352