Open Source Software and Linux

Dec 20 2008   3:57AM GMT

Learning Sun Solaris at the Sun Open Learning Center

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

I admit I have become intrigued with OpenSolaris and Sun Solaris. Sun has made it extremely easy to get started learning these two operating systems with their Sun Open Learning Center.

The SOLC is free to use for just getting a Sun account. The curriculum at the beginner level include Desktop Components, File Systems and Directories, Working with Process, Working with the Shell and Archiving Files and Remote Transfer.

The SOLC includes an intermediate level which is currently in beta. The curriculum here includes Intermediate Booting SPARC and x86 Based Systems, Installing Solaris 10 and Safely Shutting Down a Solaris System. Sun promises more to come at this level.

You can also join the Sun community at the Solaris Campus at Second Life. Here they have various times setup for “live” classroom learning via the Second Life application.

According to Sun the curriculum should prepare you for a Solaris Certified System Administrator. I have taken the first course as was quite impressed with it although it is at very beginning level.

The application works beautifully walking you through the subjects and giving you some brief tests at the end to check your learning. The course takes some time to get through so you will probably need to shutdown or close your browser before you are done. When you log back into the application it will ask you if you want to start where you left off. You can click yes and go directly to the lesson where you stopped. If you need to back up a few pages for review and start from their just click the back button.

Given the cost of certification materials and classes this is a giant step for Sun, should help them get more certified admins, while taking it easy on your wallet. You should go try one of the courses today.

-j

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  • V2009
    Thank you. This article is really very informative. I am a student. I part time work in a call centre as well. I am planning to do a course in Sun Administration. Please guide me, what is the career scope? Should I go for it?
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    @V2009 If you are referring to IT field you definitely would do well to pursue a career. The most promising career fields I believe are in web/cloud developing and security analysts. I believe that both of these fields are growing and would prove the most lucrative. But if these don't interest you research university degree programs in IT-there are many fields that are growing. What I am trying to get at here is find a specific field of study rather than a general administration type field. Hope this helps. Good luck! -j
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