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Sun Fire T2000 with GUI

Sun Fire T2000 with GUI

Sun Fire T2000 with GUI

Can a GUI (Gnome or others) be installed on a T2000 and be seen from PuTTY on my laptop ??

I found a site in which to install Gnome, but got fatal errors, something about missing drivers or hardware :(


RE: Sun Fire T2000 with GUI

Yes, Solaris 11 has a GUI, but No, you can't use it via PuTTY and a serial connection.

You will need to be able to reach the machine via Ethernet. You will also need an X-Windows server on your PC. I don't know if PuTTY can do this (I don't use PuTTY). Maybe Google for 'Putty x-windows'.

Then, assuming you've installed the Solaris GUI software (look in /usr/openwin), this should get you close...
  1. Log into the T2000 via PuTTY as root
  2. Start your X-Windows server on your PC (yes, it's called a server, not a client)
  3. Via PuTTY, on the T2k, define where the display is to be sent. Use your PC's IP with this command 'export DISPLAY=X.X.X.X:0.0'
  4. Quick test with '/usr/openwin/bin/xclock'. A clock from the T2k should pop up on your PC if everything is good.
  5. Start the GUI: /etc/init.d/dtlogin start
At this point, you should see some gui-ness trying to start on your PC. If not, look for error messages and dig in there.

Depending on your X-Windows server, you may also be able to have it launch the whole desktop for you, so you don't need to use PuTTY at all.

RE: Sun Fire T2000 with GUI

Use your PC's IP with this command 'export DISPLAY=X.X.X.X:0.0' ???
Is this the IP of the T2000 Solaris machine or the IP of the laptop I am using to connect to the T2000 ???

If I am connecting to the T2000 from outside the local network (ie from my PC at work), what IP do I use ??

Thanks :)

RE: Sun Fire T2000 with GUI

Ok, say your IPs are these...

Windows PC =
Sun T2000 =

On the Sun machine, you would issue this command...


export DISPLAY= 

This tells any gui capable program you then run on the Sun to use the display on the PC for all its gui-ness. So when you type this command on the Sun, '/usr/openwin/bin/xclock', the xclock program will use your PC for its display.

But, you first have to have an X-Windows server running on your PC to be able to display the remote client app's windows.

Also keep in mind that you have just defined that 'DISPLAY' environment variable for that login session you typed it into. It's not a machine-wide definition.

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