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  • Series: Expert's Voice in Open Source
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (April 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430218916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430218913
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,248,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Harry Foxwell is a system engineer for Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc., specializing in operating system support (Solaris, OpenSolaris, and Linux). He is also an adjunct professor of computer science at George Mason University, where he has taught, among other classes, operating system courses based on OpenSolaris. He has also written several book reviews for ACM's Computing Reviews.

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Harry Foxwell is a Principal Engineer for Oracle in the Washington DC area, where he is responsible for solutions consulting and customer education on Cloud Computing, Solaris, Linux, Open Source software, and Virtualization technologies.

Harry has worked for Oracle and Sun Microsystems (acquired by Oracle in 2010) since 1995. Prior to that he worked for 6 years as a UNIX and Internet specialist for Digital Equipment Corporation; he has worked with UNIX systems since 1979 and has been a Linux user since 1995. He blogs frequently on Cloud Computing at http://blogs.oracle.com/drcloud

Harry has been influential in developing and promoting Oracle's Linux and Solaris strategies and messages. He is coauthor of the book Pro OpenSolaris (Apress, April 2009) and two Sun BluePrints: Slicing and Dicing Servers: A Guide to Virtualization and Containment Technologies, Sun BluePrints Online, October 2005, and The Sun BluePrints Guide to Solaris Containers: Virtualization in the Solaris Operating System, Sun BluePrints Online, October 2006. He is coauthor of Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration The Complete Reference, to be published in September 2012.

He earned his doctorate in Information Technology in 2003 from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), and has since taught graduate courses at GMU in Computer Architecture, Operating Systems Security, and in Electronic Commerce.

Harry is a Vietnam veteran; he served as a platoon sergeant in the US Army's 1st Infantry Division in 1968-1969; (awarded Air Medal, and Bronze Star).

He is also an amateur astronomer and contributing member of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club, a USATT member and competitive table tennis player, and a USSF (Soccer) referee.

See also http://cs.gmu.edu/~hfoxwell/Resume.html for additional career details.

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Pro OpenSolaris is an excellent primer to Sun's new operating system - OpenSolaris!
Alan Formy-Duval
I hope you have some extra time on your hands, because this is the kind of book that makes you want to install OpenSolaris and tinker with it for hours.
Mark E. Heily
I hope more from these authors is on the way regarding OpenSolaris, keeping this style and level of discussion.
Gjorgi Var

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Formy-Duval on June 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Pro OpenSolaris is an excellent primer to Sun's new operating system - OpenSolaris! The book provides a great introduction to OpenSolaris for anyone not accustomed to a UNIX environment and a great transition guide for anyone looking to transition from older UNIX or Linux platforms. Administrators familiar with earlier Solaris versions will find Pro OpenSolaris a benefit in transitioning to the latest technologies such as the Zetabyte File System (ZFS) and the various ways to employ virtualization. The fluid discussions and excellent screenshots allow the user to quickly learn the ins and outs of the system. This book has shown how easy it is to get an OpenSolaris system up and running and all the fun that can be had for both legacy Solaris users and Linux users alike!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark E. Heily on May 4, 2009
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This book is written in an informal, conversational style that makes it easy and fun to read. Unlike other introductory texts, however, this one provides a wealth of technical knowledge and experience, and assumes a minimum level of familiarity with Linux/Unix. It covers everything that makes OpenSolaris an interesting addition to the free software ecosystem. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Containers, ZFS, DTrace, and SMF.

I would have liked to see a little more coverage on the OpenSolaris community and development processes work, and a little less focus on how things are done in the Linux world. Overall, however, the book does a great job of exploring all of the material you need to get started with OpenSolaris.

I hope you have some extra time on your hands, because this is the kind of book that makes you want to install OpenSolaris and tinker with it for hours.
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I just got this book today and am already half way through it, it's a great read, authors keep your attention while preserving a level of discussion not too newbie- ish but not too high- level either.
Yes, you could search and search for days through the maze of online articles on OpenSolaris, but this book is more than a compilation of online material.
Its main focus is on the hallmarks of OpenSolaris that make it such a great system, authors explain it in a way that motivates you to try it on your own and join the crowd of Solaris- initiated enthusiasts.
A tiny word of caution: you have to have at least some familiarity with Linux (in any flavor) and its command- line. That familiarity becomes handy to keep up with the discussion.
I have never thought of OpenSolaris as anything more than yet another Linux distro until I got this book.
I hope more from these authors is on the way regarding OpenSolaris, keeping this style and level of discussion.
On a sad note, it seems the OpenSolaris project itself stalled after Oracle took over Sun. Let's hope that's gonna change...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 16, 2009
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For a combination of personal and professional reasons, Pro OpenSolaris is the perfect book at the perfect time for this period in my life.

As a CTO with enterprise-grade experience I know Open Source Software and its many benefits. And as a security professional I have long known of the powerful security features of Open Source in general and Solaris specifically. As a computer scientist I have also been a long time personal user of Solaris (as well as Linux, Mac OS X, XP, and Vista). But things have been moving fast in the open source community and some of the most dramatic changes have been in OpenSolaris, so it has been hard for me to keep up. This book provides a great update of those changes and puts them in a context I needed for continual learning.

But let me tell you why I really liked this book. It presents information on a subject I believe all software developers, programmers, project managers and CTOs really need to know, and it presents it in a way that is fast, fun reading. Harry Foxwell and Christine Tran have mastered the art of expression, and that is a rare gift for technical people to do.

But here is why you really need to read this book: Although you can find loads of information on the Internet covering technical details of Open Source Software and especially Solaris, it can be very hard to find a comprehensive update on the new innovations in OpenSolaris. Things like a massively scalable new data storage approach called ZFS and the significantly enhanced security over the already very secure Solaris. Virtualization is also a key topic, as is the metrics and monitoring ability of Open Solaris (DTrace).
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ragansi on July 6, 2010
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This book contains a lot of information that is readily available on the [...] website. Although I wouldn't hold much stock in that site right now anyway. Nothing has changed publicly in about 3 months as of the time of this writing. If you want to know something about Solaris, study up on Solaris 10. The vast majority of what you learn will be upward compatible with new versions of Solaris, (Solaris 11 or whatever they decide to call it).

OpenSolaris is stagnant, and as much as I hate to say it, it's not worth spending your time on anymore. Not unless Oracle decides they are going to make it available to the public again.
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