how do i get freebsd

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Tue Feb 1 06:57:04 PST 2005

> hi my name is mark I'm new to freebsd.i was wanting to know how, i can get  
> it or which one i should get. if some one could help me that would be cool  
> thanks.

The first thing to do is to read the handbook - freely available from
the FreeBSD web site:

There are more than USA English versions there too.

Then get one [or more] of the good books on FreeBSD such as "FreeBSD Unleashed"
or "The Complete FreeBSD"  or some others and use it [them] as a guide
to installing and configuring your machine.   Of course, you will need
to decide for yourself how you plan to use the machine and how to
divide your disk and which ports to install, etc.   

The handbook and those printed books all have discussions of those
issues - and take somewhat different attitudes toward them as well.
The handbook and the books all have complete information on how
to obtain FreeBSD - either by buying a pre-burned CD or by downloading
an ISO and burning your own CD.

There are lots of posts in the mailing list archives and FAQs and online 
publication articles such as from on the subjects too.  They 
are good about describing people's experiences with various aspects of 
installing, managing and using FreeBSD.


>                  mark moler
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