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Special Edition Using® Solaris™ 9 by Tanuj Jain, Radhika Girisan

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Solaris Architecture

The Solaris operating system, which retains the basic structure of Unix, contains three main parts: the kernel, the shells, and the file systems (see Figure 1.1). Each is discussed within this section.

Figure 1.1. The Solaris operating system has three main parts: the kernel, the shells, and the file systems.

The Kernel

The kernel forms the core of an OS, providing basic services to all parts of the OS.

It is responsible for managing the system resources, such as devices, memory, CPU, and so on.

It allocates memory and time for various users and processes running on the system and assigns priorities for the processes. The kernel ...

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