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Migrating to the Solaris™ Operating System: The Discipline of UNIX-to-UNIX® Migrations by David Levy, Brian Down, Ken Pepple

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Overview of Linux

Before we jump into the actual activities of the example migration, let's review some information about the Linux operating system and how it compares to the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS).

Linux has grown from its early beginning as Linus Torvald's attempt to create a freely available operating system running on 80386 hardware to its use today as a general-purpose environment that rivals commercial UNIX implementations. Along the way, Linux has taken cues from many commercial UNIX implementations and has constructed application program interfaces (APIs) and a kernel along similar lines. In addition, Linux has gained application support from the open source community, with alternatives for many of the commercial packages ...

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