[PC-BSD Testing] What do you recommend for the newbies; What book to study etc

Dale Scott dale at dalescott.net
Fri Aug 31 21:20:04 PDT 2012

I bought the PC-BSD Users Handbook by Drew Lavigne, mostly for GUI-level
coverage of KDE (I'm more familiar with GNOME, but I don't think it's a sure
thing for v3 to ever be available for FBSD), and jails, and it was worth it.
If you want more depth though, you'll have to go to the PC-BSD on-line docs,
then the FreeBSD books (and the on-line FBSD handbook).


FreeBSD books in my library:


.          "Absolute FreeBSD" by Lucas (~ fbsd-7), my first general go-to

.         "FreeBSD Unleashed" (it's early bsd-6, and I found it cheap on
Amazon) To me, it has a more hard-core sysadmin feel than Lucas does (I find
Lucas more readable) with different material, and 

.         "Building a Server with FreeBSD 7" by Hong. It's a recipe book and
helped me though my first system, and is still my go-to for quickly
following a restore-from-dump procedure, and looking up where the config
files are an application.


If I was a newb looking for something to dig into, I'd think about
high-level cloud and networking, and how to migrate a local system (web
application or group of applications, possibly in a jail, or some sort of
pc-bsd or freesbd "instance"), to a cloud service (perhaps a FreeBSD machine
in the Goggle cloud), as much as possible through a GUI (for a basic
tutorial, but with application to a production-oriented process).




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book to study etc


Hi Hans,


I've gotten some excellent mileage out of the PC-BSD handbook
&mv_pc=195) -- well-written & thoroughly cited. 





On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 4:57 AM, Hans Ruhe <hansruhe1 at gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Lars,
Just did, I ordered the Absolute FreeBSD book :-)

Thanks again,
Best regards,


2012/8/31 Hans Ruhe <hansruhe1 at gmail.com>

Hi Lars,

Thank you for the answer. I will look at a store here in The Netherlands
that is specialized in computerbooks. 

I took a quick look and they have also this book:
And I found your recommendation as well :-)   The Absolute FreeBSD !

Thank you Lars, this is very helpful. I will order the Absolute FreeBSD

Best regards,

2012/8/31 Lars Engels <lars.engels at 0x20.net>

On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 09:21:02PM +0200, Hans Ruhe wrote:
> Hi Kris and team,
> What would you recommend to learn in depth knowledge for the newbies ?
> Which book is to be recommended for instance ?
> Best regards,
> Hans

What do you like to learn? FreeBSD?

If so, I'd recommend Michael Lucas' "Absolute FreeBSD" [1]. It's a bit
oldish (2007), but still a very good lecture.

Apart from that, there's always the FreeBSD Handbook [2], even in
Dutch [3] :)

[2] http://FreeBSD.org/handbook/
[3] http://www.freebsd.org/doc/nl/books/handbook/

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