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Posted September 2, 2004
Great for Linux/BSD users trying OpenBSD
Just reading the Absolute OpenBSD book really isn't enough to learn a lot of the aspects of the OpenBSD operating system, but the book definitely gives you a great reference and information to fall back on when learning how to use OpenBSD or learning something new about it. For me it really wasn't the learning the feel of Linux/BSD that gave me some trouble in OpenBSD since being familiar with Slackware Linux helps out for learning the feel, but it was mainly just some of the major differences between them such as PF vs. IPTables for example. This book helped me get past the learning curve of starting the OpenBSD, and in the end the servers of mine running the OS seen an improvement all around in getting things done. I doubt by just reading this book that a user could know OpenBSD inside and out without prior GNU/Linux or BSD familiarization, but the book does a good job at going over the OpenBSD operating system and it's security features/advantages along with going into detail about just about anything pertaining to this extremely secure and locked down operating system, also will allow even veteran OpenBSD users to possibly learn something new. The last great thing about this book is that it's fairly up to date, but did leave one thing out that I would have liked to seen in the book; the CARP system that is new since OpenBSD 3.5. But I guess since CARP just came around since 3.5, it's understandable that it wasn't really covered in this book. All in all I would recommend this book to anybody with GNU/Linux or BSD experience and looking to expand their knowledge into OpenBSD, but for newer users of this type of system I would recommend also seeking more information from the OpenBSD manual pages or have a OpenBSD machine on hand for trying things while you read through the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.