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OpenSolaris Bible [Paperback]

by Nicholas A. Solter, Jerry Jelinek, David Miner
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Book Description

February 12, 2009 0470385480 978-0470385487 1
After a beginning overview of the history of OpenSolaris, its open-source licensing, and the community development model, this book then goes on to highlight the aspects of OpenSolaris that differ from more familiar operating systems. You’ll learn how to become a power user of OpenSolaris by maximizing the abilities of advanced features like Dtrace, the fault management architecture, ZFS, the service management facility, and Zones. Authors provide insider tips, unique tricks, and practical examples to help you stay sharp with the latest features of OpenSolaris.

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From the Back Cover

Master one of the most innovative new open source operating systems

The latest version of OpenSolaris is here—and this comprehensive guide is your one-stop gateway to it all. You'll start with a basic crash course in OpenSolaris, including command lines and shells, the GNOME Desktop, systems administration, and other essential topics. Later chapters focus on application development, networking, virtualization, DTrace, and other topics that will transform you into a power user. Find practical tips, step-by-step tutorials, and exact command lines and screenshots you can use right away.

  • Explore the OpenSolaris operating environment—from GNOME® to the bash shell, vim text editor, and more

  • Connect printers, USB devices, and other peripherals to your desktop

  • Master systems administration, including ZFS and NFS file systems, networking, directory services, and security

  • Observe and debug the system with the innovative Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) facility and other monitoring tools

  • Share a single physical machine among multiple users and processes with xVM, VirtualBox, and other virtualization tools

  • Deploy web services using Apache, Apache Tomcat, MySQL®, and other open source web stack applications

  • Write and debug applications in C, C++, Java®, Ruby, Python®, and other languages

About the Author

Nicholas A. Solter is an engineer at Sun Microsystems and core contributor to the OpenSolaris HA Clubsters community group. He is lead author of Professional C++.

Gerald Jelinek is an engineer on the Zones team at Sun and a core contributor to the OpenSolaris Zones community group.

David Miner is an engineer at Sun, a co-lead for the OpenSolaris distribution, and architect of the Caiman installer.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470385480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470385487
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding clarity and content! March 26, 2009
This book is written so well that the knowledge simply jumps from the pages and into your brain (well, at least for me). The breadth and detail of this book totally justifies its size. There is no "filler" here.The icon message inserts (NOTE, TIP, CAUTION, CROSS-REF) are extremely informative and helpful.

As an added bonus, many of the topics presented in this book also apply to Solaris 10 (but definitely NOT package management). As an experienced Sun/Solaris system administrator, I fully recommend the "OpenSolaris Bible" to any admin or developer interested in OpenSolaris or Solaris 10.

I thank the authors for writing such a marvelous book..
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive June 2, 2009
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I'm writing this as a long time Solaris user, and I've dabbled a bit with OpenSolaris OS and SXCE as well.

I must say that I was impressed. The coverage is very extensive, and to a good depth. All of the major topics get covered: ZFS, DTrace, zones, xVM, SMF.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond excellent resource June 3, 2009
By Eric W
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The OpenSolaris Bible is an excellent resource, beyond excellent. It caters to all levels, from "beginner to advanced", just as it says on the (back) cover. Few books are as versatile. You can pick this up, having no or only limited knowledge of Unix systems, you can be an expert with another Unix flavor, or you might even be a Solaris administrator looking to become aquainted with some of the newer features.

I'm not new to Unix-type operating systems, I've been working on Unix systems for over 13 years. I am an expert with Linux, proficient with *BSD systems, and have varied experience with Irix and HPUX, but have rarely had the chance to work on Solaris. With all of the wonderful features introduced with OpenSolaris in the past couple years, I've taken another look at this great operating system and have used the OpenSolaris Bible as my guide.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking to run or administrate OpenSolaris, and I would certainly recommend OpenSolaris itself.

My only complaint might be that this book will probably become outdated very quickly, due to the impressive rate at which OpenSolaris is being developed. In fact, just yesterday, a new version of OpenSolaris was released, introducing features not present or discussed in this book. However, this is currently the most updated printed material available today, so you really can't go wrong.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference February 25, 2014
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A very good reference. It's just a damn shame that no sooner had I bought the book than Snoracle decided that OpenSolaris was the Operatyng Systemme Thatte Shoulde Notte Bee! and cast it into the nether hell from which it had clawed scant years before.

A pity, because of all the Unix-like OSs out there, Solaris has much going for it that the others just don't. ZFS works properly (though that isn't a problem for other unUnixes now) and DTRACE is available in all its shiny glory.


But when it was alive and well, this book was an very good reference to have to hand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for anyone wanting to learn about ZFS January 29, 2014
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Even though OpenSolaris is no longer available, this is a great book for learning the features available in the ZFS file system, the best self healing file system on the market. It could also serve as a good reference for anyone interested in learning more about how OpenIndiana, or SmartOS work.
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