freebsd : newbie : learning acceleration tasks/problems?

Polytropon freebsd at
Sat Jan 17 16:05:35 UTC 2015

On Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:38:55 +0530, Mayuresh Kathe wrote:
> would like to know if there be some kind of a "set of tasks" or 
> "problems" which a newbie could be expected to solve on their own or 
> with some amount of hand holding from the community to accelerate the 
> learning process for the newbie.

My very individual view:

Performing common tasks are the best way to introduce
yourself to the system. It's important to know _where_
you find information and _how_ you access documentation.
Have the FreeBSD handbook available, the FAQ, the Wiki.
Know about the "man" and "apropos" commands. Then start
to perform "everyday tasks", such as installing the OS,
installing packages, updating installed packages. If
you're familiar with that, add users, manage them.
Turn to the applications you're using, for example,
configure mail, maybe a web server, check out how
the syslog facility works. It's also important to
know about the configuration files of the system,
which also have a manpage to look at, as well as
examples (in /usr/share/examples). Also get familiar
with the concepts of the ports collection. You can
also learn a lot by building software from source,
as well as updating the OS from source. In addition,
if you have a "spare system" to "play" with (in fact,
to learn with!), or a VM for that purpose, it will be
a great tool for achieving UNIX skills.

This _might_ sound complex or complicated, but in fact,
it isn't. It only requires the ability to read and
to think. It's not even hard. :-)

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
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