May 16, 2003
A New Edition of Lehey's Classic FreeBSD Text: O'Reilly Community Press Releases "The Complete FreeBSD"
Sebastopol, CA--FreeBSD is by far the most popular version of BSD, the
legendary operating system that has contributed a great deal to every
version of Unix in use today (including Mac OS X). Originally a
community effort by the University of California at Berkeley, FreeBSD
was aimed at making Unix a little friendlier and easier to use. By the
time other free operating systems came along, BSD was firmly
established and very reliable. And it continues to be today.
For seven years, the FreeBSD community has relied on Greg Lehey's
classic text to lead them through its configuration and administration.
The fourth edition of this book, The Complete FreeBSD (O'Reilly, US
$44.95), is now available through O'Reilly Community Press.
"The Complete FreeBSD" is a practical guidebook that explains how to
get a computer up and running with the FreeBSD operating system, and,
even more to the point, 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.
The new edition of "The Complete FreeBSD" is based on Version 5.0 of
FreeBSD, which includes a number of new features, notably improved
support for multi-processor systems. New topics include wireless LAN
support, DHCP, proxy servers, the KDE desktop, and how to write
Lehey is a member of the FreeBSD core team and has been developing,
documenting, and advocating for FreeBSD for nearly ten years. While
there are several BSD books available, none has drawn the respect from
the FreeBSD community that Lehey's has. "There are a number of
differences between 'The Complete FreeBSD' and other BSD books,"
explains Lehey. "First, of course, it has been continually updated for
over seven years. Second, as a member of the FreeeBSD core team, I have
an above average understanding of the system and where the project is
going. Third, I've gone to a lot of trouble to anticipate the problems
that people might have, and to draw their attention to them in advance
so that they're prepared.
"And finally," Lehey adds, "In addition to being the author of a BSD
book, I am also a FreeBSD developer. There have been times where I've
found something wrong while writing the book, but instead of just being
forced to document them, I've been able to go in and fix them
Marshall Kirk McKusick writes in his foreword to the book, "Greg Lehey
has done a wonderful job with this book of helping those of us that
want to fully utilize the FreeBSD system to do so without having to
devote our entire lives figuring how. He has gone through and figured
out each of the different tasks that you might ask your system to do.
He has identified the software that you need to do the task. He
explains how to configure it for your operational needs. He tells you
how to monitor the resulting subsystem to make sure it is working as
desired. And, he helps you to identify and fix the problem.
"In short," McKusick continues, "this book provides everything you need
to know about the FreeBSD system from the day you first pick up the
software through the day you have a full suite of machines."
"The Complete FreeBSD" is the second release in the O'Reilly Community
Press Series. Unlike classic O'Reilly animal books, which are created
to fill an information void, the Community Press titles provide
convenient printed copies of documentation that is already available
online. O'Reilly's role in the series is limited to providing
manufacturing and distribution services rather than editorial
development, so that each Community Press title reflects the editorial
voice and organization of the community that has created it.
Consequently, the covers of the Community Press titles are distinct
from the familiar animal covers, featuring a line drawing of an oak
tree against a brown background, which longtime O'Reilly readers will
recognize as a direct descendent of early O'Reilly Nutshell handbook
The Complete FreeBSD, 4th Edition
ISBN 0-596-00516-4, 679 pages, $44.95 (US), $69.95 (CAN), 31.95 (UK)
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