jonas.de.buhr at gmx.net
Tue Sep 27 07:35:50 PDT 2005
On Tue, 27 Sep 2005 10:04:06 -0400 (EDT)
Jerry McAllister <jerrymc at clunix.cl.msu.edu> wrote:
> > Hi
> > I'm a new to UNIX, I got to know about your services recently.
> > Please tell me ware to start FreeBSD(UNIX) . Because I'm pissed off
> > with Windows .
> One place to wstart is to break your lines in your messages at
> about 70 characters. It makes your posting easier to read and
> reply to from text based Email clients - used by many in the FreeBSD
> world. Most Email clients can be configured to do this
> automatically. If yours cannot, then just hit a RETURN/ENTER about
> that point on each line.
> Also, it is best to use plain ASCII text rather than any of the
> fancy types. That works in all mailers. The fancy ones only
> work on mailers that have that particular type available. eg you
> cover a broader group of readers with plain ASCII text and that
> is what you want to do on a questions list.
> As for getting started with FreeBSD,
> First, it is a good idea. Congradulations.
> Second, it does take some effort to learn to use, but the effort
> will be well rewarded in time.
> Start by reading the FreeBSD handbook. It can be read online or
> downloaded freely from the FreeBSD website: http://www.freebsd.org/
> Handbook at:
> For the US English version.
> You may wish to purchase one or more books on FreeBSD. There are
> several good ones available. Some that come to mind while I am
> sitting here writing are: "The Complete FreeBSD", "Absolute BSD"
> and "FreeBSD: An Open Source Operating System". Other people may
> suggest some others. Try to get the latest edition of any of them
> as they get updated a lot to follow the system upgrades (and correct
> errors). The latest major version of FreeBSD that is getting near
> release is 6.xxx. I don't know if any of the books have been
> updated for V 6.xxx yet. The Handbook is constantly being updated.
> Learn to look up things in the FAQs, list archives, search engines
> such as Google and the many web sites and online publications that
> have howto-s and narratives about doing various FreeBSD things.
> Note, though, that almost all of these web articles are written from
> the point of view of the person doing it and naturally contain all
> the prejudices and presupositions of the authors. Some of those may
> not suit your situation or even be the most straightforward or
> efficient way of doing things. But all contribute to the body of
> Follow this list and possibly the Newbies list and others that might
> interest you. Check the published material, either in paper form
> or online before splattering the lists with newbie questions. The
> people on the lists are busy and get tired of answering the same
> questions that are well documented already.
> Once you have tried to solve a problem with the documentation
> available then ask questions on the lists. Don't waste time (yours
> or others) with diatribes and whining about how FreeBSD is this or
> that and some other OS is something else. This is an Open Source,
> volunteer developed and supported system and the best way to get a
> feature or fix implemented is to write it your self and submit it as
> a PR.
> A nice friendly request also will get a better response that a
> self-righteous whine. The main contributers know that not everyone
> is capable of, or has the resources for writing some of the
> suggested/requested changes and can be persuaded to add things to
> their [long] lists, but are more likely to do so if it seems
> reasonable and the request is a friendly one. Remember that they
> are volunteers, not staff ruled by a marketing department.
> Now, we are about ready to get to doing it...
> Once you have a good idea of the process - you will never learn it
> completely from just reading; You have to get your hands dirty and
> your carpal tunnel exercised - either purchase a CD set of the latest
> and greatest from one of the vendors who make them up and contribute
> a portion back to the FreeBSD project or just download the
> installation CD from the FreeBSD web site or one of its mirrors.
> All the information about doing so is well described in the above
> mentioned documentation. For starters, choose the latest RELEASE
> version available, which, at the moment, is FreeBSD 5.4 and will
> probably soon be 5.5. For Newbies I would suggest waiting until you
> have had a little experience before diving in to a stable version.
> If at all possible, try it all out on a machine that you can trash
> without incurring much consequence. Then you can do an install and
> set things up and experiment and when you mess it up too much, you
> can just start from scratch. Take notes, so you don't have to repeat
> mistakes too many times. With a scratch machine, you can feel less
> inhibited about trying things just to see what happens.
> If you don't have a scratch machine available (it doesn't take much
> of a machine to get a reasonable FreeBSD up and running - almost any
> old junker beyond a 386 will do), then read up on dual booting a
> machine. It is actually as easy as doing a dedicated FreeBSD machine
> even though some people seem prone to trying to make it confusing and
> difficult. That way you will still have a working system available to
> Email questions...
> Download and install the full ports tree and the system source until
> you learn enough to decide for yourself what you don't need or want.
> The ports system is one of the more powerful features of FreeBSD
> and source lets you tinker and learn. You can discover things by
> actually reading the code.
> Maybe you expected more specific technical information that what I
> have written in this response. But, actually, the things I have
> covered respond to the major mistakes people make getting started
> with FreeBSD. The technical things are most easily covered by
> following the documentation either from the handbook or one of the
> good books on FreeBSD.
> Good luck and have fun,
i think this should be integrated into the FAQ :)
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