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BIND DNS Administration Reference (2nd Edition)

This book includes the definitive reference of the configuration syntax and grammar plus the usage and command-line arguments for the ISC BIND 9 suite. The book is based on open source documentation included in the BIND source. It adds new content, examples, detailed indexing and cross-referencing for easy research and study.

pfSense: The Definitive Guide by Christopher M. Buechler and Jim Pingle

The book covers the installation, configuration, and maintenance of pfSense, an open source, customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall and router, entirely managed in an easy-to-use web interface. The book covers hardware, network designs, firewalling, packet filtering, network address translation, routing, WANs, traffic shaping, IPsec, PPTP, VPNs, load balancing, wireless access points, virtualization, CARP and redundancy, DHCP, DNS, and other various services and special purpose appliances. No FreeBSD knowledge is required to deploy and use pfSense.

Beyond the Arc — The Jimmer Fredette Story

This youth-readers book teaches about hard work, personal practice, setting goals, devotion, and good standards by using the excellent stories of Jimmer Fredette's (and his family's) work and accomplishments. It introduces his home town, his family, his faith and standards, and his exciting games and training experiences that led to Jimmer's success in high school (and youth) sports, select basketball, BYU athletics, and national collegiate player of the year honors — and reaching his goal of playing in the NBA.

NetBSD System Manager's Manual

This two volume set contains 620 manuals for NetBSD system maintenance procedures and commands.

Peace for your home: A quick guide to emergency preparedness by Marie Reed

A fresh eyes approach for emergency preparedness. The book offers a guide you can follow along with as you begin or continue in your efforts to live a more stress-free life.

The Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin by Peter H. Salus

This book covers more than just a history of free and open source -- it explores how free and open software is changing the world. Salus, a noted UNIX, open source, and Internet historian and author of A Quarter Century of UNIX and Casting The Net books, has interviewed well over a hundred key figures to document the history and background of free and open source software.

Beginning Boy Scouts: An unofficial practical guide to Boy Scouting for parents and new leaders

This book introduces scouting concepts and terminology and helps parents and new leaders (especially leaders who may not have scouting experience or knowledge). The topics include: how to get started, preparing for outdoor activities and summer camp, uniforms, leadership and the Patrol Method, earning awards and badges, Eagle planning and Eagle paperwork, how to participate, and a lot more. The book provides numerous tips and advice to help (possibly desperate) parents, leaders, and even boys better plan and prepare for scouting success.

DNSSEC Specifications

This DNSSEC Specifications book contains a compilation of DNS Security Extensions standards. This authoritative reference includes numerous examples, detailed descriptions, design background and decisions, and references.

The Best of FreeBSD Basics by Dru Lavigne

Geared toward new users and also useful for experienced admins, The Best of FreeBSD Basics contains a lot of information relevant to all BSDs (and Unix). Dru Lavigne's book covers a wide range of topics with step-by-step directions, sUch as setting up a window manager, using FreeBSD on the desktop, upgrading ports, mounting filesystems, configuring ACLs, Unix fundamentals, using Wireshark, printing basics, NFS, DHCP services, checking system security, configuring SSH, setting up VPNs, and a lot more.

The OpenBSD PF Packet Filter Book

This book introduces the features and capabilities of PF and its related tools with many examples and steps for configuring and using the packet filter, ALTQ, address translation, spamd and more on the OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD and DragonFly operating systems. The book includes ample cross-referencing and a detailed index for easy research and reading.

Upcoming Books

Beginning DNSSEC

An introduction to signing, deploying, validating, maintaining, and troubleshooting signed DNS zones. Includes many real-world examples and it uses ISC BIND as the reference for the DNS server, DNS libraries, and related tools for implementing and testing DNSSEC. (Other software and tools are also introduced.) This book also introduces DNSSEC-enabled resolver functions so developers can take advantage of signed zones in their own code. While the main focus is signing DNS records, Beginning DNSSEC also covers securing communications between DNS servers.

BSD Associate Administrator Study Guide

Book writing is process. Printed book to be available soon. The book is a quick reference and great way to quickly learn BSD administration skills. These topics are based on the objectives published by the BSD Certification Group in the 2005 BSDA Certification Requirements Document. The BSDA (BSD Associate) Certification is for BSD Unix system administrators with light to moderate skills. This book provides basic examples and pointers to further documentation and learning resources. This book is not a comprehensive reference. While this is a beginner's book, it is also useful for experienced administrators. This book covers generic *BSD administration and specific skills as necessary for NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and DragonFly BSD.

Quick Guide to the Modular X.org

This book is a quick introduction to the many components, libraries, servers and tools provided by the modular X.org X Window System. The book teaches how to get started with X.org, X configurations, X security, and common tasks with the popular X clients.

The Lightweight Open Source Desktop: Performance and Productivity on Minimal Systems

This book defines "lightweight"; explains how to evaluate software, improve or prepare software for small systems; and introduces a wide range of desktop software and operating systems usable on hardware with limited resources. This book is useful for designing and implementing embedded systems, evaluating open source software, continuing usage of (or gaining new life from) old hardware, taking full advantage of small systems, and even getting better performance on existing hardware. The focus of this book is on the desktop -- basic productivity in both the X11 environment and text-based user interfaces with simple office applications, essential utilities, common desktop tasks, and even some entertainment. If you want to participate with the review of this book in progress, please let us know.

Lightweight Open Source Servers and Firewalls

While there is some overlap with the The Lightweight Open Source Desktop book in describing "lightweight" and initial design and implementation, the "server" book specifically introduces web, DNS, mail, and other network servers that perform well on small systems and useful networking utilities. The book also introduces several minimal operating systems and individual programs that provide firewall, network security, and/or servers.

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