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New book on OpenBSD coming soon

Contributed by jose on from the co-written-by-your-editor dept.

If I can take today's slot and toot my own horn, I'll do so.

In the past couple of years, myself and Brandon Palmer have been writing a book on OpenBSD. At the time it was started, Brandon was writing what would have been the first book on OpenBSD. He got about halfway through it when I decided to help him out (I needed a distraction from my thesis). We finished it up a few months ago but in the meantime we also secured a publisher for the book. Addison-Wesley, the people who brought you the TCP/IP Illustrated books and many, many more books by very respectable authors, is our publisher.

The aim of the book is to spend less time teaching you UNIX and networking and more time focusing on doing things with OpenBSD that you love to do. Things like running a secure mailer, using systrace, IPv6, IPsec, and the like. We hope to provide a nice, unique complement to the books that have emerged this year by providing documentation for where OpenBSD users want to go. We're focusing on OpenBSD 3.4, we finished it just as 3.4 was tagged and cut. The OpenBSD journal archives (and mailing lists, and well documented source code) were our chief tools as we documented the system. Thank you to everyone who has shared their knowledge with the community or with Brandon and myself personally.

So, after about 2 years worth of work by two authors (with help from Todd Fries and others), Secure Architectures with OpenBSD will be on bookshelves this coming March or April.

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  1. By Anonymous Coward () on

    Great, I love the cover .

    1. By Anonymous Coward () on

      Actually the blowfish is one of the things I don't really like ;-)

      But your (Jose's) description of the books sounds quite interesting; I might take a look at it as soon as I can find it at a book shop here in Europe.

    2. By Anonymous Coward () on

      Cover is great! But shouldn't it be "OpenBSD", not "openBSD"? :)

        1. By Anonymous Coward () on

          Cool, that was bugging me too... ;-)

  2. By Anonymous Coward () on

    Wheeee! Congratulations. Good price, too.

  3. By netchan () on

    Will it be available via Oreilly's Safari?

  4. By anavarro () on

    Great! Are you thinking to translate the book in other languages? :-)

    1. By Pepo () on

      yes translate to other language its cool :D
      spanish :D

  5. By djm () on

    ... now there's two books of Jose's that I want...

    1. By Anonymous Coward () on

      There's another one too?

      1. By grey () on

        Yes, Artech House recently published _Defense and Detection Strategies against Internet Worms_ you can read a /. review here:

        And you can use the URL in the article posting to jump to an Amazon link to purchase the book.

        1. By grey () on

          Since the automagically linked URL didn't seem to work quite right, the book can be found on amazon here:

  6. By Steve () on

    Actually, the cover borders bad taste. There is no need to display a disgusting fish. Are the authors trying to make readers puke even before opening the book ?

    1. By Anonymous Coward () on

      OpenBSD is not for the faint at heart or stomach. Perhaps you would be more comfortable with OSX.

    2. By Anonymous Coward () on

      I don't think it's an ugly fish at all. Matter of fact, I think it's cute. Even looks like it's smiling - if you were another fish, would you f*ck with that fish and take a byte? If you did, would you do it again?

    3. By Anonymous Coward () on

      The fish is tastey. "Get in my BELLY!" ;)

    4. By Shane () on

      There is no need to display a disgusting fish.

      You find the image of fish disgusting? You might also find every little organic part that makes up *you* disgusting. What is disgusting about nature? Disgust is a human weakness.

      I like the photo of the puffer fish. It kinda says it all really. But I think, just this once, the official Puffy is out of place.

      Is he going to hit the other puffer fish? : ) It looks wrong to me. I'd rather see a photo of a puffer fish, rather than the official Puffy, just so that people take the book a little more seriously (you know how most books have some relevant insightful glossy image).

  7. By Kurt Miller () on

    Nice accomplishment.

    Cant wait to read it.

  8. By zil0g () on

    Wow, Addison-Wesley - the only "buy all their titles" publisher in the world.

    Congratulations to you both. *bow*

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