Solaris Training

Written by Shirley Parker
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Solaris is one of the later flavors of the UNIX operating system developed at Bell Laboratories for its own in-house needs at AT&T. Bell Labs' intent was that UNIX would be a multi-user, multi-processing operating system; Bell Labs needed a system that would reliably support several programmers simultaneously.

As UNIX gained ground in the early 1970s, academia welcomed it, as did the high-tech sector. Business remained skeptical. The source code was licensed to universities at low cost. AT&T also provided the manuals but not technical support, and graduates with computer science degrees were modifying the code. With further development of programming languages, the development team of Ritchie and Thompson at Bell Labs rewrote the UNIX kernel in C language instead of assembly language.

After development and contributions by many other entities, including Bill Joy and Chuck Haley at UC Berkeley, AT&T formally released a beta version of UNIX for commercial use in 1982. Almost from that point on, the development of UNIX got into some nasty fighting, often referred to as the UNIX Wars. It wasn't exactly a case of "all downhill from there" but it was decades before a truce was reached, and UNIX was no longer considered a hostile environment. And along the way, additional, standards wars broke out. Today the Solaris flavor of UNIX from Sun Microsystems (co-founded by Bill Joy) is a major player, perhaps the biggest player.

Solaris Training Courses

A basic introduction to Solaris may last a week, on the premise that the person attending has no prior knowledge of any UNIX environment. However, such classes assume that the enrollee does know how to use a mouse and keyboard. Completion of the workshop oriented course is only the first rung on the ladder to certification by Sun Microsystems as a Solaris System Administrator. Generally four or five more advanced classes are also required.

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