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Solaris 9 for dummies
Taylor, Dave, 1962-
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Publication Information:
New York : Wiley Pub., [2003]

Physical Description:
xx, 354 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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Discover new security features and easier installation

Light up your system with a new resource manager, volume manager, and directory server

In the dark about Solaris 9? Open this book and let the sun shine in! It'll help you chart a course for StarOffice, explore CDE and GNOME desktops, and harness Solaris power to configure Web servers, access Internet services, build great Web sites, manage files and directories, and a galaxy of other tasks.

The Dummies Way

Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun

Author Notes

David Taylor is a Unix expert, technology consultant, and trainer. He is principal of Growing Ventures, and founder of Intuitive Systems

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xix
Introductionp. 1
About This Bookp. 2
How to Use This Bookp. 3
Solaris Installation: The Missing Topic?p. 4
How This Book Is Organizedp. 4
Icons Used in This Bookp. 7
Stay in Touch!p. 7
Part I Getting Aquainted with Solarisp. 9
Chapter 1 Logging In and Poking Aroundp. 11
Understanding Solaris Versionsp. 11
Solaris 9 Featuresp. 12
Your Login Accountp. 14
Launching a Programp. 20
Logging Outp. 23
Chapter 2 Graphical Window Managersp. 25
Digging Around in CDEp. 25
Getting Started with GNOMEp. 39
Customizing GNOMEp. 48
Chapter 3 Interacting with the Shellp. 55
Surviving the Command Linep. 55
Managing File Redirectionp. 64
Building Command Pipesp. 66
Korn versus Bash: Which Is Best?p. 73
Creating Aliasesp. 75
Advancing with Shell Scriptsp. 77
Chapter 4 Managing Files and Directoriesp. 81
Using File Manager and Nautilusp. 81
The CDE File Managerp. 82
Working with GNOME's Nautilusp. 87
Listing Files with Isp. 91
Using and Changing Permissionsp. 93
Making Directoriesp. 99
Moving and Copying Filesp. 100
Compressing Big Filesp. 102
Part II The Inevitable Internet Sectionp. 105
Chapter 5 Doin' That E-Mail Thingp. 107
Getting to Know Mailerp. 107
Using Netscape Messengerp. 115
Command-Line Communicationp. 123
Chapter 6 Exploring the World Wide Webp. 129
Starting Netscape 7p. 129
Changing Preferencesp. 131
Working Effectivelyp. 142
Chapter 7 Creating Web Pagesp. 153
Naming Filesp. 153
Entering Contentp. 154
Viewing Local Pagesp. 157
Improving Layoutp. 159
Working with Apache Serverp. 162
Chapter 8 Accessing Internet Servicesp. 167
Understanding FTP and Telnet Capabilitiesp. 167
Exploring the Net with FTPp. 169
Connecting Securely with SSHp. 178
Part III Becoming Productive with StarOfficep. 183
Chapter 9 Composing Documents with Writerp. 185
Creating New Documentsp. 186
Using Stylesp. 193
Saving Documentsp. 195
Chapter 10 The Rest of StarOfficep. 199
Balancing Accounts with Calcp. 199
Creating Graphics with Drawp. 203
Building Presentations with Impressp. 206
Developing Web Pagesp. 209
Part IV Editing and Controlling Programsp. 213
Chapter 11 Exploring Text Filesp. 215
Viewing Files within the GUIp. 215
Viewing Files at the Command Linep. 220
Analyzing Files with wc and spellp. 225
GUI versus the Command-Line Interfacep. 230
Chapter 12 Editing Filesp. 233
Working with the CDE Text Editorp. 233
Editing with the GNOME Text Editorp. 238
Using the vi Text Editorp. 244
Chapter 13 Controlling Processesp. 253
Finding Top Processesp. 254
Processor Usage, by Userp. 255
Understanding Running Processesp. 257
Managing Running Processesp. 260
Chapter 14 Finding Filesp. 263
Finding Files with File Managerp. 263
Finding Files with GNOMEp. 268
Searching by Content with grepp. 271
Specifying Search Attributes with findp. 274
Part V Administration and Security Issuesp. 279
Chapter 15 Connecting to the Networkp. 281
Terminology and Conceptsp. 281
Configuring Solaris Networkingp. 282
Fixing DHCP Glitchesp. 287
PPPp. 290
Chapter 16 Essential System Administrationp. 293
Exploring the Solaris Management Consolep. 293
Starting and Stopping Your Systemp. 300
Adding User Accountsp. 304
Chapter 17 Keeping Your System Securep. 309
Accounts and Permissionsp. 309
Ensuring Account Password Securityp. 311
Identifying Proper File Permissionsp. 315
Disabling Unnecessary Internet Servicesp. 319
Part VI The Part of Tensp. 323
Chapter 18 Ten Best Web Sitesp. 325
Excellent Online Solaris Documentationp. 325
Big Iron Administration Assistancep. 326
More Sysadmin at Sys Admin Magazinep. 326
Small but Helpful Reference Sitep. 326
Squeeze Solaris on the Intel Platformp. 327
An Extensive Collection of Solaris Infop. 327
Keep Up-To-Date on Solaris Newsp. 327
Cool, Sun-Endorsed Softwarep. 328
Even More Cool Solaris Softwarep. 328
Yet More Great Freeware!p. 328
Chapter 19 Ten Key Security Featuresp. 329
Secure Shellp. 329
IPSec and IPKp. 329
SunScreen Firewallp. 330
Secure LDAP Implementationp. 330
TCP Wrappersp. 330
Buffer Overflow Protectionp. 330
Role-Based Access Controlp. 331
Smart Card Supportp. 331
Kerberos v5p. 331
Solaris Resource Managerp. 331
Chapter 20 Ten Great Free Add-Onsp. 333
Everything and the Kitchen Sink: Emacsp. 333
Digging for GNOMEp. 333
An Attractive Alternative Desktopp. 334
When Surfing Speed Is All That Countsp. 334
A Powerful and Free Database Alternativep. 334
Watch TV on Your Solaris System? Sure!p. 335
StarOffice: A Great Alternativep. 335
Interactive Multimedia Collaborationp. 335
Vi on Steroids!p. 335
Games, Games, Gamesp. 336
Indexp. 337