OpenBSD Journal

Book excerpt - Authentication methods in OpenBSD

Contributed by grey on from the book previews dept.

NewsForge has posted an excerpt from Secure Architectures with OpenBSD by Brandon Palmer and Jose Nazario entitled: Authentication methods in OpenBSD.

Not as useful as the book as a whole, but it may prove helpful for those who haven't bought it yet.

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  1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    That book is bit like the OpenBSD bible. I realy like it.

    But you can't get much more from a book, than you would find in the excelent man-pages oder other documentation.

    1. By Sean Brown ( on

      My local Library just got a few of these and I was able to finally get a look at the book. I haven't read much yet, and while its true I could probably have got all of the information in the book from the man pages, they aren't organized like, 'Disks and File systems,' 'Backup utilities,' or 'Mail server operations.' As a newcomer to OpenBSD and still new to Unix in general, books are often far more useful because they are laid out by topic instead of by utility, and obviously I don't know all of them yet. Even just the few chapters I've read so far have been a great help, it is a fantastic book.

    2. By SH ( on

      But you can't get much more from a book, than you would find in the excelent man-pages oder other documentation.

      Granted, the OpenBSD manual pages are of very high quality. But a book author can guide a reader through various topics. A good example (a manual page no less;) of guidance is "man afterboot" on OpenBSD, but a book have different constraints/liberties than a manual page. The intended readers of a manual page are very different from most books.

      In many sciences, publishing overview/"newbie" articles are very common. For experimental sciences you have meta studies published as well. The information is "out there", but we depend on other to make summaries. Operating systems are, of course, no exception to this.

    3. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      The OpenBSD bible? As in man pages or FAQ? If there's another OpenBSD book out that I don't yet have, I'll be sure to go out and buy it!

  2. By kami petersen ( on

    this chapter really doesn't get beyond what you would get with a few keystrokes at google. don't know if that goes for the rest of the book, but it definitely put me off. where are the really juicy bits of information and in depth explanation, comparison, discusson, that are actually _hard_ to get elsewhere? i don't need a scrubbed and paperbacked version of the man system.

    1. By x ( on

      the rest of the book is quiet better.

      1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

        yes, the book is quite comprehensive. the 40 have been a good investment.
        it's an easy way to get started with openbsd. if you have been "using" openbsd for some time, the book lacks depth. nothing new, just a different way to present the knowledge.
        but the refreshrate of this media is fscking awsome. ;)

        don't kill trees. use hemp!

  3. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    Of course, if you buy the book through the official OBSD sales, rather than through Amazon, web site then it will provide some revenue for the project :-)



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