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- To: advocacy_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: RE: Umm...
- From: "Lipscomb, Al" <LipscombA_(_at_)_hsn_(_dot_)_net>
- Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 16:01:09 -0500
> And so how does such a book get written, if you are saying that most
> of you won't buy it?
A book sounds good at first. "OpenBSD 2.8 Unleashed!"
Then 2.9 comes out.
Since there are few books about OpenBSD one could guess that the number of
found out about OpenBSD from a book are rather small. The number of people
who use OpenBSD would limit the reward for the writer of such a book. A
boxed set would be nice but I understand the problems of funding such a
I would however give another model for those who may want a technical book
about the deeper secrets of OpenBSD. My example is Gregory Publishing
Company (http://www.gregpub.com), a small organization that publishes books
about Unisys Mainframes. His manuals are printed in "binders" and sell for
about $40US. He also publishes a technical journal for $235US for 8 issues.
Most of the manuals mentioned were written in the 1980's and originally sold
for over $150US. The average about 400 pages with lots of code examples (his
manuals were printed with the examples in the OCR-B character set to ease
For me a book on configuring an OpenBSD box as a firewall, in a three ring
binder with good examples and illustrations would be worth $100US (or more).
There are other subjects that would be worth this price for me as well.
There was a long thread a while ago about a documentation project. It seems
to have died out. If anyone would like my assistance in putting together
something let me know, I am not a writer nor a kernel level programmer. I
can assist in compiling, assembling and editing.
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