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The Complete FreeBSD
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1 44737 10-22-2004
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100% of reviewers $44.95 10.0

Description: The Complete FreeBSD is an eminently practical guidebook that explains not only how to get a computer up and running with the FreeBSD operating system, but also how to turn it into a highly functional and secure server that can host large numbers of users and disks, support remote access, and provide web service, mail service, and other key parts of the Internet infrastructure. The book provides in-depth information on installation and updates, back-ups, printers, RAID, various Internet services, firewalls, the graphical X Window system, and much more. Author Greg Lehey is a member of the FreeBSD core team and has been developing, documenting, and advocating for FreeBSD for nearly ten years. Whether you're an experienced Unix® user or just interested in learning more about this free operating system and how you can put it to work for you, this do-it-yourself BSD documentation will provide the information you need.
Keywords: Greg Lehey FreeBSD
Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates
ISBN: 0596005164

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Old 10-22-2004, 08:06 PM   #1
Registered: May 2003
Distribution: Debian, Mint, Slackware
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: $44.95 | Rating: 10

Pros: quite extensive, covers the OS, ports, even networking and programing
Cons: using this book along side the handbook can be confusing

The introduction in this book is quite good. It will tell you to your face that you might want to consider not using FreeBSD and I found that to be quite brave, resulting in this purchase.
Chapters 1-12 run through like a typical OS book. It goes into details about what is what and where everything is and thier use. Makes great bed-time reading.
After these chapters it makes a great segway into backups, followed by printers to local networking to internet connections, servers, firewalls email servers and clients. After all of this they make an about-face back to whats on your hard drive in regards to config files, keeping up to date, the kernel, XFree86. This is a great way of saying "first, you should learn how to use this OS before you start changing it." If you get this book, you will notice that is starts out explaining network configurations and saves updating and customizations for last. Great way to learn.


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