FOSS Network Infrastructure and Security/Further References

The most useful resource for further reading is the Internet. Here are some useful sites on the Internet.

Resources on the Web edit

General reading/references edit

a. Free Software Foundation <>

b. IOSN <>

c. Linux Documentation Project <>, <>

d. Internet Standards and RFCs <>

e. Internet Society / NSRC Workshop Resources <>

f. Network Startup Resource Center <>

g. UNESCO Free Software Portal <>

h. Networking and Information Technology Observatory <> - click on the “open source” theme.

Linux software download and documentation edit

a. Source Forge <>

b. Kernel .org <>

c. Freshmeat <>

d. RPMFind <>

e. DNS/BIND <>

f. Sendmail <>

g. SSL <>

h. SSH <>

Security-related sites edit

a. Security Focus <>

b. CERT <>

Forums edit

a. Slashdot <>

b. Linux Online <>

Events edit


b. NANOG <>

c. AfNOG <>

d. SANOG <>

e. O’Reilly Open Source Conference <>

Useful mailing lists edit

a. ISP-Linux <>

b. NANOG <>

c. AfNOG <>

d. SANOG <>

e. NSP Security Mailing List <>

List of FOSS most commonly used by ISPs edit

Operating system

Debian Linux <>

FreeBSD <>

Accounting authorization authentication

Cistron Radius <>

FreeRadius <>

Freeside <>

Domain Name Server


MAIL servers and related software

Sendmail <>

Exim <>

CourierImap <>

SpamAssassin <>

Majordomo <>

Web -related software

Apache <>

PHP <>

Proxy and caching servers

Squid <>


Iptables <>

Snort <>

OpenSSH <>

OpenSSL <>

Network management system


Netsaint <>

Nmap <>

Ntop <>

Browsers and e-mail clients

Firefox Internet Browser <>

Mozilla <>

Thunderbird E-mail Client <>

Books edit

Linux Books tends to get obsolete very quickly. But they are still a handy reference, when your access to the Internet is limited.

O’Reilly Books edit

Practical Internet and UNIX Security

Linux in a Nut Shell

Building Secure Servers with Linux


Essential System Administration

Linux Security Cookbook

Network Troubleshooting Tools

Other O’Reilly books on FOSS are also highly recommended.

Other Books edit

Unix Unleashed. System Administrator’s Edition. India: Techmedia.

Special Edition - Using Linux. 3rd Edition. India: Prentice Hall of India Ltd.

Tanenbum, A. Computer Networks. Prentice Hall.

Free BSD References edit

The FreeBSD handbook is a full guide on FreeBSD.