Early versions, based on BSD UNIX, were called SunOS. The shift to a System V code base in SunOS 5 was marked by changing the name to Solaris 2 (and earlier versions were retroactively named Solaris 1.x). After version 2.6, Sun began to drop the "2." from the name; the most recent versions (as of early 2002) are Solaris 7 and the 64-bit Solaris 8. The Solaris 9 Operating Environment was released 22 May 2002.
Other Useful Things To Know About Solaris
- Built to run on Sun SPARC Processors which use RISC
- More recent versions of Solaris can run on Intel processors
- Solaris is not open source, but they do have free-to-use versions for single processor systems