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The gold age of FAQs ended somewhere in 199x with the Usenet marginalization, although some mailing lists like Sun managers managed to survive. Many old document are still available but are not maintained and are of marginal value. Newer documents, if available, can usually be found in the form of blueprints


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Solaris Life Cyclc FAQ

[Nov 2, 2004] Some of Solaris FAQs are now locally stored.

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SunSolve Document srdb-10143 Solaris printing--most frequently asked questions

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1999 SUMMARY printing under Solaris 2.7

HOW-TO configure printer supported by Ghostscript as a postscript printer under Solaris

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Frequently-asked questions about the OPEN LOOK Graphical User Interface.
http://www.info.polymtl.ca/ada2/coyote/www/open-look/

OPEN LOOK is a specification of a Graphical User Interface (GUI). A GUI determines the `look and feel' of a system -- the shape of windows, buttons and scroll-bars, how you resize things, how you edit files, etc.

Solaris Y2K Information http://www.sun.com/y2000

Year 2000 compatability information from Sun.

The Sun Hardware Reference 1.10 (James W. Birdsall)
http://sun-www.picarefy.com/sun-www/

This primary focus of this document is to cover older Sun-badged hardware in detail sufficient to be useful to buyers and collectors of used Sun hardware, much of which comes without documentation. [Note: this was last updated 11/24/1995]

Command Conversion Chart 4.x to 5.x
http://temp.solarisguide.com/faqs/commands.html

This list is a summary of SunOS 4.x commands and their SunOS 5.x counterparts, if any. This was [adapted] from the Sun Admigration package, and seems to be legal according to the license therein.

Broken Links

Sun SPARC Recently Asked Questions http://access1.sun.com/raqs/sparccal.html

Sun answers uncommon questions about Sun products.

Random Findings

http://meltdown.under-ground.com/~revolver/laptop/

Some useful information and resources for sparc laptops.

How to get PPP running between Windows and Solaris 2.x (Dave Brillhart)
http://www.rdr.com/~ces/unix_ref/ppp_cookbook.html

These instructions describe a basic "point-to-point" static IP setup. More advanced configurations are available, but [Dave] found this to be adequate. He only included the Sun workstation side in this document, but he plans to add the PC side sometime this week or next.

Frequently-asked questions about the OPEN LOOK Graphical User Interface.
http://temp.solarisguide.com/faqs/openlook.html

OPEN LOOK is a specification of a Graphical User Interface (GUI). A GUI determines the `look and feel' of a system -- the shape of windows, buttons and scroll-bars, how you resize things, how you edit files, etc.

NIS+ Frequently Asked Questions 1.1.6 (Ray W. Hiltbrand)
http://www.eng.auburn.edu/users/rayh/solaris/NIS+_FAQ.html

NIS+ stands for Network Information Service Plus. It was designed to replace NIS, and is a default naming service for Solaris. NIS+ can provide limited support to NIS clients via a YP-compatibility mode. NIS+ was mainly designed to address problems that NIS cannot address.

Celeste's Tutorial on Solaris 2.x Modems & Terminals 1.10
http://www.stokely.com/unix.serial.port.resources/tutorials.html

This document is a tutorial that will teach you everything you should need to know about connecting asynchronous modems and terminals to a Sun SPARC or x86 workstation under Sun's Solaris 2.0-2.6. It does not cover the specifics of setting up PPP, nor Sun's 4.x releases.

How do I install my Zip Drive on a Sun Workstation? R.003 (Iomega Corp.) http://www.iomega.com/support/documents/2019.html

The word from Iomega on how to install a zip drive on a SunOS 4 or SunOS 5 system.

Frame Buffer FAQ (David Tong) http://c3-a.snvl1.sfba.home.com/FrameBuffer.html

Information on Sun Frame Buffers last update on march 13, 1998.

Colormap FAQ (David Tong) http://c3-a.snvl1.sfba.home.com/ColormapFAQ.html

Extensive information about the Sun colormap. Includes a section on how to eliminate colormap flashing and XView examples.

Sun CD-ROM FAQ (Mike Frisch) http://saturn.tlug.org/suncdfaq

Everything you wanted to know about Sun CDROM drives. Includes booting from non-sun CDs and more. Some references to specific CDROMs are slightly outdated.

CDE FAQ 1.8 (Aditya Talwar) http://www.webslingerz.com/sburnett/cde/index.html

This FAQ will attempt to provide answers to overcome day-to-day snafus encountered while using CDE desktop.

Solaris2/FAQ 1.65 http://www.wins.uva.nl/pub/solaris/solaris2

This is (in the opinion of many) the most helpfull FAQ for Solaris admins. It covers many topics and has very recent information. If you have a question, this is the first place to check for an answer.

Sun SPARC Rarely Asked Questions http://access1.sun.com/raqs/sparccal.html

Sun answers uncommon questions about Sun products.

The Sun Hardware Reference 1.10 (James W. Birdsall) http://sun-www.picarefy.com/sun-www/

This primary focus of this document is to cover older Sun-badged hardware in detail sufficient to be useful to buyers and collectors of used Sun hardware, much of which comes without documentation. [Note: this was last updated 11/24/1995]

TADPOLE Tidbits 'n RDI Ramblings
http://meltdown.under-ground.com/~revolver/laptop/

Some useful information and resources for sparc laptops.

Solaris x86 FAQ 1.6 (Dan Anderson)
http://dan.carlsbad.ca.us/faqs/s86faq.html

This posting contains frequently asked questions, with answers, about the Sun Solaris 2 x86 Operating System found in the alt.solaris.x86 and comp.unix.solaris USENET newsgroups.

How to get PPP running between Windows and Solaris 2.x (Dave Brillhart)
http://www.solarisguide.com/faq/ppp-windows-sun.html

These instructions describe a basic "point-to-point" static IP setup. More advanced configurations are available, but [Dave] found this to be adequate. He only included the Sun workstation side in this document, but he plans to add the PC side sometime this week or next.

Questions and answers on OpenBoot (Steve Leung)
http://www.sun.com/sunworldonline/swol-10-1995/swol-10-openboot.html

OpenBoot -- the firmware in the Sun boot PROM -- is an obscure component of any workstation, but it turns out to be pretty important, with some interesting features. Solaris expert Steve Leung of Amdahl uses a Q&A format to reveal the dark magic of an oft-overlooked system every administrator can use. You may not need this information today, but add it to your bookmarks so that the next time you need to diagnose a pesky hardware problem this information's at hand.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sun NVRAM/hostid 1.43 (Mark Henderson)
http://www.squirrel.com/squirrel/sun-nvram-hostid.faq.html

Every Sun 3/80, sun4c, sun4u, and sun4m architecture machine contains an NVRAM chip (not to be confused with the NVRAM in Prestoserve). This NVRAM chip stores various configuration parameters (e.g. boot device, amount of RAM to test), maintains the clock, and also contains the IDPROM data, which is composed of the ethernet address, date of manufacture, hostid, a version number, and a checksum.

NIS+ Frequently Asked Questions 1.1.6 (Ray W. Hiltbrand)
http://www.eng.auburn.edu/users/rayh/solaris/NIS+_FAQ.html

NIS+ stands for Network Information Service Plus. It was designed to replace NIS, and is a default naming service for Solaris. NIS+ can provide limited support to NIS clients via a YP-compatibility mode. NIS+ was mainly designed to address problems that NIS cannot address.

Celeste's Tutorial on Solaris 2.x Modems & Terminals 1.10
http://www.stokely.com/unix.serial.port.resources/tutorials.html

This document is a tutorial that will teach you everything you should need to know about connecting asynchronous modems and terminals to a Sun SPARC or x86 workstation under Sun's Solaris 2.0-2.6. It does not cover the specifics of setting up PPP, nor Sun's 4.x releases.

How do I install my Zip Drive on a Sun Workstation? R.003 (Iomega Corp.)
http://www.iomega.com/support/techs/zip/2019.html

The word from Iomega on how to install a zip drive on a SunOS 4 or SunOS 5 system.

Frame Buffer FAQ (David Tong)
http://c3-a.snvl1.sfba.home.com/FrameBuffer.html

Information on Sun Frame Buffers last update on march 13, 1998.

Command Conversion Chart 4.x to 5.x
http://www.solarisguide.com/faq/commands.html

This list is a summary of SunOS 4.x commands and their SunOS 5.x counterparts, if any. This was [adapted] from the Sun Admigration package, and seems to be legal according to the license therein.

Colormap FAQ (David Tong)
http://c3-a.snvl1.sfba.home.com/ColormapFAQ.html

Extensive information about the Sun colormap. Includes a section on how to eliminate colormap flashing and XView examples.

Sun CD-ROM FAQ (Mike Frisch)
http://saturn.tlug.org/suncdfaq

Everything you wanted to know about Sun CDROM drives. Includes booting from non-sun CDs and more. Some references to specific CDROMs are slightly outdated.

CDE FAQ 1.8 (Aditya Talwar)
http://www.webslingerz.com/sburnett/cde/index.html

This FAQ will attempt to provide answers to overcome day-to-day snafus encountered while using CDE desktop.

Solaris2/FAQ 1.65
http://www.wins.uva.nl/pub/solaris/solaris2

This is (in the opinion of many) the most helpfull FAQ for Solaris admins. It covers many topics and has very recent information. If you have a question, this is the first place to check for an answer.



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The Peter Principle : Parkinson Law : 1984 : The Mythical Man-MonthHow to Solve It by George Polya : The Art of Computer Programming : The Elements of Programming Style : The Unix Haterís Handbook : The Jargon file : The True Believer : Programming Pearls : The Good Soldier Svejk : The Power Elite

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