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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    How good a hacker are you?

    Before linux gained prominence, unix hackers often preferred those unixes derived from BSD. These unixes tended to be the most open for you to contribute applications to. So over time, a lot of hackers grew familiar with BSD. This book offers you the fruits of some of that roughly two decades of tinkering. The author has grouped the hacks into a rough order. But, frankly, you may be better served by scanning the contents pages and then following your whims. Perhaps the most useful advice is on the first page, preceding any of the hacks. Namely that you can try many hacks on any other open source operating system. In practice, the only such one you are realistically likely to encounter is a unix/linux variant. But I would go further than what the author says, and make a stronger suggestion to you. Even in a closed, proprietary unix, there is a good likelihood that a hack from this book might work. Maybe not as literally presented. You might have to modify some of the steps. But the upside is that it is a good test of your facility in that operating system and of how well you can follow the text of this book. Thus, the title 'BSD Hacks' is true, but overly conservative to an experienced hacker. So how good are you?

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