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New publication about OpenBSD

Contributed by jj on from the need-no-course-to-crash-my-obsd dept.

The Jem Report has a piece on the upcoming electronic guide you can buy from O'Reilly called: "The OpenBSD 4.0 Crash Course".

Jem Matzan plans to write one for each upcoming release, and have put the sample up for viewing here.

This sample is about inetd, apache and databases you may add from ports.

Lastly, he also plans to donate any profits to the OpenBSD project, so if you have $10 you don't know how to spend, buy the online publication from them to show that this kind of efforts are a viable enterprise for OpenBSD writers.

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  1. By belenus (belenus) belenus@gmx.net on

    "The OpenBSD-modified Apache 1.3 comes with the following modules installed and enabled by default:"
    Wrong, all modules listed in httpd.conf are disabled by default.

  2. By Marc Espie (espie) espie@openbsd.org on

    This publication is horrible.

    Judging from the excerpts I read, I would not pay any amount of money for it.

    - mysql: where does he get that mysql will start automatically by just adding a line to rc.conf.local ?

    - sqlite: does not even bother to explain why there are two versions.
    (In case you're wondering, it's simply because databases from both versions are not compatible. The plus side of sqlite3 being that the databases are hardware-independent: you can move them from i386 to sparc64 without any issue).

    - posgresql: why encourage people to build stuff from ports, where there are perfectly sane packages available ? Besides, the author obviously does not know about SUBPACKAGE=-doc make install

    This is just from casually reading the excerpt ONCE. I shudder to think how many more factual errors or misconceptions are in this text.

    The idea was nice, but the execution is very much lacking.

    Let's rename it to `OpenBSD crashing course'...

  3. By Anonymous Coward (70.179.123.124) on

    Interesting way to try and drum up some money (both for the author and the project); just wish that they would've gotten someone more familiar with OpenBSD to do it.

  4. By Anonymous Coward (74.115.21.120) on

    That's too bad, o'reilly used to be pretty good at finding authors who knew their stuff. For a while now they have been more interested in just churning out as many books as possible, and this is the kind of quality that results.

  5. By Anonymous Coward (153.2.246.31) on

    (thatís one line between the if and the fi, not two, so be careful when you copy and paste this text)

    He doesn't seem to know what a backslash means in the shell. Kind of scary for someone who is writing a unix tutorial and encouraging people to paste commands.

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    1. By belenus (belenus) on

      > (thatís one line between the if and the fi, not two, so be careful when you copy and paste this text)
      >
      > He doesn't seem to know what a backslash means in the shell. Kind of scary for someone who is writing a unix tutorial and encouraging people to paste commands.

      Actually it should have been two lines... right now the echo would probably just get ignored because he forgot to add a ; or didn't copy&paste it correctly himself.

  6. By Fred Crowson (fredcrowson) fred@crowsons.net on http://www.crowsons.net/puters/zaurus.php

    The $9.99 for the pdf would be better spent being donated directly to OpenBSD.

    That said some newbie might find it usefull - but the OpenBSD faq is a better source of information.

    That's my 0.002 euro's worth...

    Fred

  7. By JFJ (212.182.106.114) on fred.gnook.org

    Nowadays, it's hard to find a good book about BSD. IMVHO
    the best books about BSD or unix in general were released long time ago
    e.g. Vahalia Uresh one, or the dragon book. However still I'm waiting
    for a good book where all internals of moders UNIX system will be explained because IMHO the good book about OS is the book where all
    internals are explained.

    --
    JFJ

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