The Linux books flooding your local bookstore are replete with installation chapters. If you're using Linux, you've probably already read a few. (I've read a dozen or so myself.) With that in mind, is an installation chapter really necessary?
I thought so, for several reasons. First, most installation primers don't focus on security. Second, many folks will buy this book prior to establishing their Linux network. And third, Linux security starts at installation, or even before.
However, instead of an installation how-to, this chapter focuses on installation issues that can affect your security:
Differences in installation procedures and security on various Linux distributions
Partitions and security
Choosing network services ...