Absolute OpenBSD, Unix for the Practical Paranoid

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Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition
Unix for the Practical Paranoid
By Michael W. Lucas
Publisher: No Starch Press
Released: April 2013
Pages: 536

Absolute OpenBSD, Unix for the Practical Paranoid, 2nd Edition is an introduction to OpenBSD, an operating system known for security and stability. It is considered by many to be the most secure operating system in the world. It’s used by Internet service providers, in embedded systems, and on the desktop. OpenBSD is released under the BSD license. The author explains the license with a witty 3 line summary. The introduction also provides overview of the history of BSD giving the reader some background into Unix and the branches of the family tree.

OpenBSD is for hands on users willing to learn and experiment. As the author points out, OpenBSD is extremely well documented and focused on correctness of code. This includes documentation. If you choose to use OpenBSD, you are expected to read the documentation. Author Michael Lucas takes the time to explain how to help yourself with OpenBSD before involving others with solving your problem. Documentation is explained along with a listing of additional resources that can help you find solutions to problems encountered along the way. Should you still need assistance, he outlines the correct etiquette to approach the community. This is an operating system for individuals that can function without any hand holding.

I liked the writing style and the humor interjected into the subject matter. The book starts with basics and progressively advances to more complex subjects. The book has been well received by the OpenBSD community. A number of developers have contributed to it’s completion. This speaks highly for a technical book. I look forward to using this book in my exploration of OpenBSD. For those looking to try OpenBSD I recommend this book.

Disclosure: I received a free e-book copy for review purposes.

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