I'm a newbie as well dabbling in *nix for a few years. Gunning for RHCT but
later will try Solaris cert. U may try the books published by Sun. They seem
A first read might be Unix for Dummies or Unix in 21 days if that's not too
simple for you. It would just cover the very basics. The Unix for DOS users
is decent as well. Also seen a book by Sybex that was for Windows admins
Someone suggested O'reilly books. "Running Linux" is very good and I believe
they have a Unix version. The Unix CD bookshelf is a bundle of 1 physical book
and 6 ebooks and is fairly priced. Assuming they have some Solaris stuff
available, an O'reilly ebook subscription would be good bang for the buck, $10
a month or so.
Home box would cost $100 to $200 for solaris x86 and a bit more for an entry
level ultrasparc. I use an ancient sparc and 500 mhz x86 and it was $20 for
solaris downloads and license.