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Linuxiso.org: Book Review: The FreeBSD Corporate Networker's Guide

Feb 03, 2001, 20:37 (0 Talkback[s])
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"I liked the book in my previous review because it was field stripped, no-nonsense and to-the-point. I like this one for a different reason: it's chatty. Yes, it does its stated job very well, and it can be followed to set up all parts of a FreeBSD install (the inclusion of a FreeBSD 4.2 CD is a nice touch). I like particularly the fact that its "How to Install FreeBSD" chapter assumes the worst case scenario in every step, instead of some Linux material I've seen that assumes that the RedHat install will just smoothly work 100% of the time and never give Signal 11 messages. It also provides useful and educational troubleshooting sections to accompany the various how-to sections. However, it will occasionally explain how to do a same thing or related thing in Windows or some operating system. Some of you might be scratching your heads as to why this exists, but remember, it assumes a heterogeneous environment and/or a corporate one that'll have Windows, OS/2, Novell etc. kicking around. It also gives a lot of very cool "what to do if" paragraphs that explain how/why things can go wrong. I was pleasantly surprised, for example, to see a section on how to convert your usernames and passwords from Solaris to FreeBSD, so you can just port them all over if/when doing a migration. Very nice."

"I may not feel completely 100% comfortable starting or converting my own corporate network with FreeBSD with this book, but I feel FAR more comfortable with this book, and going and checking out the web links and RFCs he mentions in the text in appropriate places than I would if I had a really technical book that described the ins and outs of FreeBSD to a T. Because with this book, I have a "big picture" view of what I'm doing explained well, interspersed with thought-out detailed descriptions of completing various tasks, and a clue as to where to go and look if I get stumped with the book that's in my hands. I've not felt that in a long time. There's even a controversial chapter on FreeBSD advocacy. I was surprised at it when I saw it in the Contents page, but it was maturely written, and obviously designed to assist the manager or technologist in making a case for FreeBSD Vs some other solution. It was maturely written and did not slander any other technology, arguing that there is a place for everything."

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