Practically every network administrator has a shelf full of O'Reilly animal books to help decode the mysteries of software, services, and connectivity techniques--but that multicolored bookshelf isn't too portable. Now, harried administrators who have technical problems away from the office need only load The Networking CD Bookshelf in their laptops and be on their way. This single disk holds the full text of six popular O'Reilly titles--TCP/IP Network Administration, DNS and BIND, Sendmail, Sendmail Desktop Reference, Practical Unix and Internet Security, and Building Internet Firewalls--making it an excellent value.
When you load the disk, an HTML welcome page pops up in your browser, allowing you to view the table of contents of any of the books. From there, you can drill down to the specific chapter and section that contains the information you're looking for. The disk also includes a combined index of all six books, so it's easy to find the information that interests you. The text itself contains links to related sections, as well as all illustrations. Though it's possible to perform a full-text search on all six books, this Java-based feature seems rather slow.
The publisher packs this CD-ROM with a traditional printed copy of DNS and BIND, Third Edition, as a bonus, but The Networking CD Bookshelf CD-ROM represents an excellent value by itself. --David Wall [via]