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Another preview chapter of Secure Architectures with OpenBSD

Contributed by grey on from the great complement to man and FAQ dept.

Thanks to those who wrote in to let us know that another preview chapter from Secure Architectures with OpenBSD by Brandon Palmer and Jose Nazario has been made available.

For those of you who still don't own a copy of the book, the chapter titled "Overview of OpenBSD" may be found here.

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  1. By SH ( on

    The book is really nice, and if enough people buy the book the authors might be encouraged to make a second edition.

  2. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    Yes, Second Edition please.... :)

    1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      I second [edition] that!

  3. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    on a general note, i really don't like how the content of the news entries are presented here, the above is a very good example.

    you do not very clearly indicate what the real content is:

    the heading is "another preview chapter of ...", then, when reading the actual text you have some blah, then FOUR links which do NOT point to the article/chapter in question.

    only on the LAST WORD of the next paragraph is a link to the preview chapter, which is mentioned in the heading and thus the point of the whole entry.

    to make matters worse, the FIRST link has "preview chapter" in it so it seems that this is the actually interesting content, which it isn't.

    this is just a heads up to the editors: please try to have in mind what you want to present to the readers, ie what the main points of the article should be. it is quite contraproductive to clutter the article content with numerous links which don't carry the information and then have somewhere hidden the main link (the stsh is also a good example).

    e.g. do it like this:
    <heading>new preview chapter of blah</title>

    <p>a new preview chapter, <a href="link to the chapter">"Overview of OpenBSD"</a>, has been made available.</p>

    <p>previous chapters <a href="old-news-entry">were discussed at undeadly</a></p>

    <p>the book is available from <a href="amazon/foo/bar">amazon/foo</a>

    just as a proposal how i think it would serve the readers more.


    1. By grey ( on

      Thank you for suggestions, I'll keep them in mind when formatting future stories and I guess we'll see how that pans out. :)

  4. By Overworked Softie ( on

    FWIW, I still think "Absolute OpenBSD" by Michael Lucas has the edge; it gets to the point quicker, easier to navigate and it's the one I turn to before I look at "Secure Architectures"; as a result, my copy of "Secure Architectures" is almost unused.

    I'm not knocking the latter though; both are good.

    1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      Both are really good! They are different you can't compare them.

    2. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      I think Michael Lucas's book does not go into enough technical depth (as I would like). I think both are good books. I look to Absolute for an overview but look to "Secure Architectures with OpenBSD" for a more detail. However, Michael Lucas is funny and is one of the only technical writers that keeps me turning pages like a fiction book would.

      I have Abs BSD and Abs OpenBSD. Both cross over a lot but are useful.

      on a side note Michael Lucas has more errors, English wise. Which, correct me if I am wrong, is odd because he has a degree in English ;)


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