What's this category all about?

I started using Linux(Red Hat 7.0) four years ago. So the time isn't so long for me to enter the open source world actually.

At that time, I spent big part of my time on installation and configurations: How to install multiple different OSes on the same box and use lilo/grub to boot them; How to set up the network property by modifying the configuration files directly; How to administrate the services such as ftp/http; The Chinese supports include Chinese locale, Chinese input method and even the Chinese display for various applications.

Unlike the western culture, people here don't use IRC and mailinglist so much. We'd like that the useful information can be gathered together into a pool(website), or categoried into several different topics. That way, we can follow the instructions step by step. Serveral useful websites I usually searched for answer are http://www.linuxsir.org , http://www.linuxaid.com.cn/ and the Linux/Unix board of Tsinghua bbs. Although the instructions are helpful, to configure the system every time I made a new installation is still boring. Then it's the time for Debian. Apt-get, a totally new and convenient package mangement mechanism, attracts lots of my friends around. However, I still sticked to Red Hat for being tired of configurations.

Another distribution I used was JDS on Suse Linux, we also called it Cinnabar/Linux. I got an internship opportunity at Sun. One thing impressed me a lot was the administration tool--yast2. It's similar to the control center on Windows, made the configuration process a easy job. With the beautiful Chinese fonts and SUN PinYin support, it's also Chinese friendly. I had to say, it's really cool.

To align with the company goal, we abandoned the Linux support at last and transferred to JDS/Solaris. To be honest, Solaris is hard to use at the first time to compare with Linux. The using habit is an important reason of course, and the lack of applications are also a big limitation for common users. And that's just the reason why we need to work on it, to gain the developers back.

As a browser developer(Firefox/Mozilla), I'm not quite familiar with the configuration skills for Solaris. Every time I've got a question, I'll turn to the release engineers for help, or search the piles of emails to get some useful information. It's still time consuming. I think to put them together is a good idea. Not only for myself, but also some guys need them.

That's the reason why I create this new category :-)

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