Copyright © 2007 O'Reilly Media, Inc.
June 11, 2007
Welcome to The FreeBSD Crash Course Short Cut. This guide is designed to help you get an x86 or AMD64/EM64T server, desktop, or network appliance up and running quickly with the FreeBSD operating system.
FreeBSD is not particularly difficult to use, and its integrated documentation is adequate, but it can take a long time to figure out which packages you need to install in order to get certain services running, and how to configure them once installed. Even if you're familiar with the programs you need to use, learning how they work with FreeBSD can be a challenge.
If you are totally new to Unix-like operating environments, this guide could be a little over your head in some places, but if you read it from start to finish and stick with it, you'll end up with a functional and useful operating system. If you already have some experience with any Unix-like operating system, you'll probably feel right at home with FreeBSD and may want to skip ahead to the sections that apply to you.
Although there are some suggestions and system administration tips sprinkled throughout The FreeBSD Crash Course, it is not designed to teach you how to administer a server. It's impossible to anticipate each reader's hardware configuration and goals for working with FreeBSD, so instead of telling ...