March 16, 2001, 1:56 PM —
I am frequently asked questions such as, "Where can I get information on the March network auditing and scanning tool?" Sometimes I know the answer, in which cases I seem smart. But often I don't. Rather than give that response to the question poser and seem dumb, I check my resources. Almost all of the time, the resources have the answer, so I can continue to seem smart.
Not everyone would admit this to his or her faithful readers. Now I seem dumb again.
But my loss is your gain. This month, I'm revealing the best information sources I've found on the Web. These sources will provide you with a lot of information, either in push mode (mailing lists) or pull mode (reading and searching). Using these resources can help you seem, and actually be, smart.
Because you're reading this, it's likely that you already know about the Unix Insider and ITworld.com newsletters. However, this article may show up in a variety of venues, so I'll include a little information here. Unix Insider is a premier Web resource for Unix users, administrators, and managers. It includes articles, columns (like this one), and news related to Sun, Solaris, and the other Unix vendors. Back issues are online and searchable, and they contain a wealth of information. The http://www.itworld.com/newsletters ">newsletter mailings contain up-to-date information on topics such as security and systems administration. Hopefully, it's already your first stop when seeking information about Sun, Solaris, and other Unix companies.
Sun maintains a Website as one of its major communications channels with its partners and customers. On the site is information about products, product details, Sun news and happenings, and even a Sun store from which to get logo-wear! The site doesn't change rapidly, but it is complete and usually up-to-date.
There are also white papers and other useful documents at the site. For example, there's a very nice paper in pdf format, detailing how Solaris handles memory.
Sun also maintains a portal site, which the company hopes will be your homepage. Even if it isn't, it can be a primary source of everything Sun. It can be customized to reflect your specific areas of interest, and is well worth a look.
For the latest information about Sun bugs (and there seems to be quite a few of them), sunsolve is the place to be. It's highly searchable, has detailed infodocs to explain the eccentricities of many Solaris facets, and can even be programmed to email you when a topic of interest changes.