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BSD Hacks

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
In the world of Unix operating systems, the various BSDs come with a long heritage of high-quality software and well-designed solutions, making them a favorite OS of a wide range of users. Among budget-minded users who adopted BSD early on to developers of some of today's largest Internet sites, the popularity of BSD systems continues to grow. If you use the BSD operating ...more
Paperback, 450 pages
Published May 31st 2004 by O'Reilly Media (first published May 24th 2004)
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Joseph II
Sep 03, 2015 Joseph II rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: unix enthusiasts, freebsd users, intermediate computer users
Shelves: computers
I've been a Unix users (in various flavors) for over twenty years. I had heard about BSD in the early 2000s, but I could never find a copy of installation media (disks, CDROMs) to get it started up... until 2008. After I obtained a copy of FreeBSD 7.0, I've kept a copy on at least one system in my inventory... but not until I read Dru Lavigne's book "BSD Hacks" did I actually unlock some of the potential in that BSD box.

The learning curve is steady throughout the book, allowing you to tweak your
Apr 10, 2007 Chris rated it liked it
if you have aspirations of becoming a leet haxor, then this book is for you. in no time you'll know all sorts of tricks that were left out of the freebsd handbook online. i used information from this book to shamelessly steal wifi, secure my webserver and to keep my mind busy while sitting on the king's throne. btw, theo was right when he said that the difference between bsd and linux is that bsd admins have actually kissed girls. i've kissed many!
Jan 02, 2008 Tim rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: linux/unix users
These hacks are pretty useful...OK, not all of them, but
a number of them can make your life easier or at least let
you feel like after all these years of learning linux/unix
while Windows users are happily pushing buttons like monkeys
has finally paid off :)

Yes, it says BSD hacks, and I do use BSD, but many of these
hacks can easily extend to Linux (which I also use).

Dec 05, 2007 Frank rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: geeks
Shelves: quit-reading
BSD may look a lot like linux but it isn't in so many ways. OTOH many of these tips work under linux too. Definitely good for BSD newbies such as myself, but linuxoids may also find interesting and/or useful nuggets.
Feb 02, 2009 Scuppers rated it it was amazing
I have a deep appreciation for books that take an abstract, technical topic and describe it in a way that makes complete sense. In BSD Hacks, Dru Lavigne does just that.
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