My typical beginning reference to Unix is _Understanding Unix_ by
Stanley-Kelly Bootle. Personally, I'd obtain a Linux variant to begin
with, current personal preference being RedHat (www.redhat.com), you can
download everything you need if you don't want to buy some distribution
CD's, although it'll chew up bandwidth and disk space. Once you finish
_Understanding UNIX_, you can move on to Essential System
Administration, from O'Reilly and Associates. Those two together (plus
a number of years of user experience) got me my first Unix admin job
(and the user experience alone didn't do it, too many behind the scenes
tasks/details I didn't know). Once you've gotten that far, you will
probably want to start looking into shell programming, Perl, Expect, etc
:-) Don't expect to know every detail of Unix administration, I've been
doing this for five years as an admin and five years as a user before
that, and still regularly find things I need to look up, or that I
really have to think about before doing.
> Hi to all,
> I'm keen to get started using UNIX and a guy at my work suggested Solaris 7
> to be as good a bet as any. I have to admit to being totally clueless about
> UNIX and would very much appreciate any help in getting started.
> Basically I'd like to know about:
> 1. how to obtain Solaris 7 (I live in the UK).
> 2. the most appropriate/user friendly version for running on an Intel
> 3. recommendations for books outlining the rudiments.
> 4 any good sites for beginners.
> that's it
> thanks very much