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Help Net Security: Multitool Linux: Practical Uses for Open Source [Book Review]

Sep 10, 2002, 23:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aleksandar Stancin)

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"To say that this book is packed with useful resources, ideas and pointers would be a heavy understatement. It boasts some 25 chapters, each with its subsections, so you can rest assured it isn't light bed time reading material. Let's shed some light on the material in it. As I've stated, it consists of 25 chapters, of which 24 are packed with information on various software packages.

"The authors have tried to organize it into 3 major parts, the introduction, the toolbox and the afterword. As you already might guess, the introduction deals with some real basics of Linux, such as describing the concepts behind some of the licences (ie, GPL), Linux kernel, reconfiguring it, and such. Not much space is spent on it, as it's not a linux system administration book.

"The real flesh of the book is the toolbox section, which contains all the really useful information in the book. It spreads from chapter 2 to 24, just to give you the idea. Now, what I'd usually do is describe each chapter in brief, but as there are far too many chapters to discuss, I'll stick with the authors organization of chapters into larger sections. Basic topics of network and communications are covered through chapters 2-9, containing information on subjects like remote control, masquerading, IPChains, even PLIP, Samba, undernets, secure web mail service and such. Surprising eh? Like I said, this is not "Running Linux" or "Linux System Administration Book", but a book of a different kind..."

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