FreeBSD: The Complete Reference


Here is your complete guide to FreeBSD installation, configuration, and use with full coverage of FreeBSD-specific material such as its own configuration files and kernel. The bonus CD-ROM contains the latest version of FreeBSD.
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Here is your complete guide to FreeBSD installation, configuration, and use with full coverage of FreeBSD-specific material such as its own configuration files and kernel. The bonus CD-ROM contains the latest version of FreeBSD.
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Maybe you’re already running FreeBSD. Maybe you’re experimenting with it, attracted by its reputation for rock-solid reliability and immense power (not to mention its price -- or lack thereof). Maybe your boss just told you: Go get Apache running on FreeBSD. You’re looking for a great FreeBSD book. We’ve got one.

Roderick Smith begins with some desperately needed context: what FreeBSD is, where it came from, how it’s similar to Linux and Unix, and what it’s suited for. Next, Smith walks through installation, which may involve unfamiliar steps (for example, using FIPS to shrink an existing partition).

After a quick look at basic text-mode commands and the GNOME graphical interface, Smith moves into system administration. You’ll check out your system’s configuration files, master important “information and manipulation” commands, and take control over startup, partitions, files, and accounts. Smith also illuminates the FreeBSD printing model, and shows how to set up GhostScript to print PostScript files on non-PostScript printers.

There are detailed chapters on installing software, configuring kernels, and managing X Window, plus an entire section on network and firewall configuration. Smith systematically walks through setting up FreeBSD file, mail, web, login, DHCP, DNS, time, and font servers. He also reviews FreeBSD software, from web browsers to Smith doesn’t hesitate to mention problems -- for example, limitations imposed by FreeBSD’s relatively primitive font handling.

There’s extensive coverage of system maintenance -- automated and otherwise -- and a full chapter on security. The CD-ROM contains a working FreeBSD system -- as much as will fit on one disk. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

Library Journal
These three guides cover version 5.0 of the most popular flavor of BSD, the "other" open-source, UNIX-like OS. A useful, friendly, and thorough guide for novices to intermediate users, Complete FreeBSD addresses initial installation, from setting up domain name servers to building and debugging custom kernels. Discussion of configuration files that may need changing and instructions on upgrading are particularly clear and helpful; appendixes provide a bibliography and a discussion of the evolution of the OS; highly recommended. Unleashed includes more information on various applications and working with window managers to manipulate FreeBSD's graphical interface ("X"). A command and configuration file reference, hardware compatibility lists, troubleshooting information, and additional resources make up the appendix, while the CD-ROM contains FreeBSD 5.0, additional languages, utilities, and packages. Although more comprehensive coverage-wise, Unleashed is less clear in its directions. Still, useful cautions and tips do help guide newer users. Complete Reference features FreeBSD v.5.0, in addition to tools and utilities on CD-ROM. Notes and tips provide extra information, and its troubleshooting and maintenance sections are helpful for newer users. Each is appropriate for beginning to intermediate users and large libraries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072224092
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 2/10/2003
  • Series: Osborne Complete Reference Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 869
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I FreeBSD Installation
1 FreeBSD Requirements 3
2 System Installation 31
3 An Overview of the System 69
4 Coexistence with Other Operating Systems 99
Pt. II Basic System Administration
5 System Administration Tools 131
6 System Startup and Control Processes 161
7 Managing Partitions 183
8 Managing Files 205
9 Printer Configuration 237
10 Managing User Accounts 263
11 Installing Software 289
12 Kernel Configuration 313
13 The X Window System 327
Pt. III Network Configuration
14 Basic Network Configuration 355
15 Dial-Up Networking 377
16 Principles of Network Clients and Servers 395
17 Setting Up a Firewall 411
Pt. IV Servers
18 File Servers 435
19 Mail Servers 453
20 Web Servers 475
21 Login Servers 493
22 Miscellaneous Servers 521
Pt. V Common User Programs
23 Desktop Environments 547
24 Networking Tools 569
25 Office Tools 599
26 Graphics Tools 623
27 Multimedia and Games 647
Pt. VI System Maintenance
28 Automated and Nonautomated Routine Maintenance 673
29 System Security Considerations 699
30 Compiling Software 731
31 Writing Scripts 745
32 Troubleshooting 773
Glossary 797
Index 811
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