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Absolute OpenBSD: Unix for the Practical Paranoid

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This straightforward, practical, and complete guide to mastering the powerful and complex OpenBSD operating system, is for the experienced UNIX user who wants to add OpenBSD to his or her repertoire. The author assumes a knowledge of basic UNIX commands, design, and permissions. The book takes you through the intricacies of the platform and teaches how to manage your ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published June 8th 2003 by No Starch Press (first published June 2003)
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David Glad
Aug 12, 2013 David Glad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ideas, unix
I found this book best serves as a reference when I tinker with OpenBSD. (As it currently stands, I guess OpenBSD is not quite for me, as the FreeBSD community does an excellent job being all things to almost all people. That said, OpenBSD is a great project and definitely teaches good security practices.)

Does seem funny how essentially OpenBSD says the ultimate authority are its manual (man) pages and even the site's install guide (written in a FAQ-style format) says that any conflict reverts b
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Plamen Stoev
Jul 20, 2014 Plamen Stoev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tech
I think this book is a great introduction to OpenBSD. Being a long-time GNU/Linux user I allways wanted to get a taste of what a BSD OS looks like. "Absolute OpenBSD" will get you step by step from the installation to advanced topics such as PF configuration and kernel building. Plus, the (sysadmin) humor interspersed throughout the book is very refreshing and eases your way through the inevitably complex material. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in OpenBSD, both for junior ...more
Altivo Overo
Aug 26, 2015 Altivo Overo rated it really liked it
Books about OpenBSD are scarce. If there has to be only one, this is a fairly good choice. A good overview of the system as well as a fair introduction to UNIX. Not for the novice use however, the book assumes familiarity with basic concepts.
Jason Hamilton
Mar 03, 2014 Jason Hamilton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As far as a technical book about an operating system, it's a great technical reference with plenty of explanation for the OpenBSD noob.
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Michael W. Lucas is the author of several critically-acclaimed nonfiction books and assorted short fiction. He was on the Internet before the Web existed, and now works for an independent telecommunications wholesaler in Michigan.
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