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Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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15MAKING YOUR SYSTEM USEFUL

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A basic FreeBSD install includes exactly enough to make the system run, plus a few extra bits that Unix systems traditionally include. You can decide whether to install additional programs or source code. While FreeBSD has grown over the years, a complete base install fills about a gigabyte—much less disk space than either a Windows or a commercial Linux install.

The advantage to this sparseness is that it includes only necessary system components. Debugging becomes much simpler when you know that no shared library you’ve never even heard of, and would never use, can be responsible for your problems. The downside is ...

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