Linked by PeteHummers on Wed 2nd Jul 2008 16:12 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives Dru Lavigne's very useful book turns the arcana of FreeBSD into a comprehensible set of tools.
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by gnemmi on Wed 2nd Jul 2008 16:45 UTC
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I own a copy of the book and I have to agree with the I suspect Dru in print might be close to what you'd get in person (as a tutor), with the added advantage of being able to leave her for breaks, or have her answer a question repeatedly. statement.

The book is an excellent companion to anyone (either new to or not that new to) using FreeBSD; specially if you need a book that has the answer on how to get things done.

I would highly recommend it to anyone who needs help with FreeBSD (and other BSD's too for that matter ...).

It should be added that "the Best of FreeBSD Basics" can also be bought at freebsdmall.com ... alongside with a suscription to FreeBSD 7.0 ... That's the best kit to get you started on FreeBSD ;)

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Comment by anomie
by anomie on Wed 2nd Jul 2008 18:03 UTC
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This is one of the few (relatively current) FreeBSD-related books I haven't had the opportunity to read yet.

I will say that I enjoyed Dru's 'BSD Hacks' quite a lot, so I'm looking forward to this one.

Thanks for the review.

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Linux compatibility ...
by dindin on Wed 2nd Jul 2008 19:21 UTC
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Given that a large portion of FreeBSD work also involves Linux emulation and to get Linux software running under FreeBSD, does the book address some of that? I cannot find a table of contents link for it on Amazon?

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RE: Linux compatibility ...
by PeteHummers on Wed 2nd Jul 2008 19:51 UTC in reply to "Linux compatibility ..."
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2008-06-28

Given that a large portion of FreeBSD work also involves Linux emulation and to get Linux software running under FreeBSD, does the book address some of that? I cannot find a table of contents link for it on Amazon?


No, but neither do the articles that make up the book.

Running Linux apps on FreeBSD has always been pretty seamless - enable Linux compatability and install the apps (from packages or ports).

Edited 2008-07-02 19:52 UTC

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Comment by sonic2000gr
by sonic2000gr on Wed 2nd Jul 2008 22:59 UTC
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Yes, Dru Lavigne rocks ;)

FreeBSD is one of the best documented UNIX-like systems.
Just have a look at the Handbook and the other documents in www.FreeBSD.org/doc. There is also a huge translation effort underway.

As far as printed books go, besides Dru's, I would heartily recommend M.W.Lucas' "Absolute FreeBSD" (the latest edition, covering also FreeBSD 7)

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Comment by gnemmi
by gnemmi on Wed 2nd Jul 2008 23:13 UTC
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Yup ... Dru's, Lucas's and Lehey's book ( which he generously made available for all of us for free and can be found in here: http://www.lemis.com/grog/Documentation/CFBSD/ ) cover all the basics and _far_ beyond that ...

And if that isn't enough, you still have the online handbook ... what else can you ask for???

( an updated version of "The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System" maybe ;) )

PS.: I almost forgot ... "Yes .. Dru _rules_!" ;)

Edited 2008-07-02 23:15 UTC

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by vanilla1988 on Thu 3rd Jul 2008 07:31 UTC
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