Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 25th Feb 2006 01:15 UTC, submitted by quique
FreeBSD Ten years ago, on 24 February 1996, Greg Lehey submitted for publication the final version of the first ever book on the FreeBSD operating system, "Installing and Using FreeBSD". It was later renamed to "The Complete FreeBSD", as is now known and appreciated by the users of this OS. Grog have always retained full rights to the book, and for today he has decided to release it for download under a Creative Commons license. Besides, he doesn't have the time to keep updating it, so he is asking for help. He can't guarantee money, "just" recognition in the preface.
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Thank You
by TaterSalad on Sat 25th Feb 2006 01:44 UTC
TaterSalad
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2005-07-06

This is great news. I'd like to thank Mr. Lehey for his contributions in both writing the book and releasing it under Creative Commons. Hopefully veteran users and novices alike will update and put this book to use. Here's to hoping that it helps the BSD community grow.

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RE: Thank You
by abhaysahai on Sat 25th Feb 2006 02:03 UTC in reply to "Thank You"
abhaysahai Member since:
2005-10-20

This is definately one of the most autoritative books on FreeBSD.
Though I have read the book couple of times, now I can even contribute to it.

Thanks Greg, for giving me a chance to share my experiences withh the FreeBSD community.

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Broken Link
by Trollaxor on Sat 25th Feb 2006 02:16 UTC
Trollaxor
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2005-07-28

The HTML is munged for the last link, which is
http://www.lemis.com/grog/Documentation/CFBSD/

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Here is a torrent...
by mezz on Sat 25th Feb 2006 02:22 UTC
mezz
Member since:
2005-06-29

Here is a torrent that has book.pdf.gz and source.tar.gz... Thanks Greg!

http://tinyurl.com/nkw6f

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Outstanding
by Carnevill on Sat 25th Feb 2006 02:39 UTC
Carnevill
Member since:
2006-01-18

This is the go to book for FreeBSD, it definitely helped me when I first started. It's outstanding that it's released under a CC license. Now it can be updated to the latest version, and stay up to date. This is going to help alot of people get into FreeBSD.

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Who is Grog
by cipher on Sat 25th Feb 2006 02:53 UTC
cipher
Member since:
2005-12-17

> Grog have always retained full rights to the book

Who is Grog?

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RE: Who is Grog
by casx on Sat 25th Feb 2006 02:57 UTC in reply to "Who is Grog"
casx Member since:
2005-09-02

> Who is Grog?

Grog is his nickname.

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Way to go
by SEJeff on Sat 25th Feb 2006 03:35 UTC
SEJeff
Member since:
2005-11-05

Please support by actually buying his book if you like it. Here is a shortened url to his book on Amazon:
http://tinyurl.com/qzzs6

Support the further good naturedness of authors like him by showing him your appreciate his decision and buy his book.

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RE: Way to go
by ts__ on Sat 25th Feb 2006 11:59 UTC in reply to "Way to go"
ts__ Member since:
2006-01-22

"Please support by actually buying his book if you like it. Here is a shortened url to his book on Amazon"

You linked to the 1999 book, here is the 2003 edition: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0596005164/qid=1140868624/sr=1-1/r...

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Can sobedy explain...
by chocobanana on Sat 25th Feb 2006 04:23 UTC
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2006-01-04

Hi

This might be a little bit off-topic, but can anybody shortly explain how does the cc licence compares to normal copyright or even a patent?

Thank u very mucho

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RE: Can sobedy explain...
by SEJeff on Sat 25th Feb 2006 04:34 UTC in reply to "Can sobedy explain..."
SEJeff Member since:
2005-11-05

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/

Even though he released it under the CC license, he maintains the full copyright on his work.

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Grazie Greg!
by Bonus on Sat 25th Feb 2006 15:54 UTC
Bonus
Member since:
2005-12-23

Thanks Greg, I am just getting into BSD and this is very nice.

This particular CC, Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5, is completely free restricting the use of money so I can't see how it could be printed in paper format without loosing allot of money in the future.
Yes, I love how it is easier to update the maintain your work more effectively with the CC too.
Buying the book is nice too but for a resource I usually rather have it online because it might be updated more frequently.

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Already got it from Shareaza
by Joe User on Sat 25th Feb 2006 22:44 UTC
Joe User
Member since:
2005-06-29

Just look for it on Shareaza, it has been there for years already.

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RE: Already got it from Shareaza
by Chreo on Sun 26th Feb 2006 17:23 UTC in reply to "Already got it from Shareaza"
Chreo Member since:
2005-07-06

Brilliant, you just showed a complete disrespect for the excellent work that Groggy put into the book and a kick in the face for his altruistic move to give the book away for free. While I support filesharing, this is the "I wan't all for free" that I simply cannot help but despise as they make it so much harder for us to fight for fair use rights.

While you can argue that you only pointed out that is was there (already), your choice in words did not indicate this was anything bad.

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How does this compare to the Handbook?
by whartung on Sun 26th Feb 2006 05:33 UTC
whartung
Member since:
2005-07-06

Can someone compare and contrast this book with the FreeBSD handbook that they provide on the site?

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Chreo Member since:
2005-07-06

FreeBSD handbook is more a "hands on" manual and does not go at the "mechanics" of FreeBSD as Groggy does. The handbook is more a "do this to accomplish that". Groggy puts more flesh to the bones

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