About Solaris 8 Documentation

Solaris 8 User Collection

The Solaris 8 User Collection contains documents relevant to users of workstations, and includes use of the Common Desktop Environment software, the OpenWindows DeskSetTM tools, and tasks performed at the command line that are common to any desktop environment. A brief description of each document follows.

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The documents in the User Collection are also available in French, German, Italian, Swedish, and Spanish in the following packages:

Table 4-10 Solaris 8 User Collection

User Document 


OpenWindows Advanced User's Guide

This guide is for users of the Solaris system software, which consists of SunOS and OpenWindows. Use this guide to learn how to log in and out, start OpenWindows, use basic SunOS commands to get more information, work with files and directories, search the file system, use passwords, monitor processes and disk usage, use the vi editor, send electronic mail, print documents, use the network, and customize the environment. This guide also provides information about making the transition to OpenWindows 3.3 and Solaris 2.5, modifying keyboard behavior, running networked applications, and using PCMCIA cards. This guide provides detailed instructions for managing fonts in the OpenWindows environment.

OpenWindows User's Guide

This book provides new and experienced users with the basic information to get started with the Solaris user environment using OpenWindows and DeskSet applications. It describes tasks such as using the mouse, icons, scrollbars, windows, menus, pushpins, choosing exclusive and non-exclusive items, selecting from a scrolling list, and multiple objects. Additional topics include how to modify the OpenWindows workspace, troubleshooting, and how to access the AnswerBook2 server software to view documents online.  

Solaris Common Desktop Environment: Advanced User's and System Administrator's Guide

This book explains the advanced tasks needed to customize the appearance and behavior of the Solaris Common Desktop Environment (CDE). It includes chapters on customizing system initialization; login; session initiation; adding applications and providing interface representations for applications and their data; configuring desktop processes, applications, and data across the network; and customizing desktop services such as window management, printing, colors, and fonts.  

Solaris Common Desktop Environment: User's Guide

This book describes the basic features of the CDE. It describes how to use the desktop and desktop applications.  

Solaris Common Desktop Environment: User's Transition Guide

This book is for users who are making the transition from the OpenWindows environment to the Common Desktop Environment. It discusses CDE as a graphical operating environment and, where helpful, identifies the differences in behavior between OpenWindows and CDE. The answers to frequently asked questions have been integrated into the relevant topics. 

This document gives only an overview of CDE features and functions. You will find more complete information in Solaris Common Desktop Environment: User's Guide and the CDE online help.

Using Power Management

This book describes use of Power ManagementTM hardware and software features on desktop machines. The hardware features allow the machine to shut down or reduce power consumption when it has been idle, according to conditions set with the software. This book covers use of the GUI and command line operations and activation of Suspend-Resume features through the keyboard.