Re: Book recommendation (again)
From: JerryN (misnagid_at_usa.net)
To: Ted Goranson <email@example.com> Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005 22:09:05 -0500
I had similar problems. You have to read The FreeBSD Handbook
carefully, especially Sections 5.3 through 5.7. And the other thing you
MUST do is to just download and print the latest version on-line. The
published book is already out of date. It went out of date as soon as
it came out. Truly. Just download it and pretend it'd The Bible and
you got it licked, I swear, no pun intended!
Regarding books, I have yet to meet a FreeBSD book I haven't loved. And
there's so many to choose from. This ain't no Debian Linux where you'll
find just 3 all from the last century.
The ones I liked the most from a newbie perspective were
(1) FreeBSD Unleashed Second Edition by Urban and Tiemann (Sams) and the
one you hated
(2) The Complete FreeBSD 4th Edition. Was it 4th Edition you bought?
Maybe you'll like
(3) The Complete Reference FreeBSD 5.0 by Roderick Smith. I have them
You can probably examine a chapter or two at Amazon. Or if you'd like,
I can prolly fax to you a particular chapter out of any FreeBSD book.
Just let me know.
Maybe others will help regarding your other questions.
On Sun, 2005-01-16 at 21:25 -0500, Ted Goranson wrote:
> I am a complete newbie, with only the most superficial (ie Fedora) experience.
> I have 5.3 and am stuck. I'd like to find a book that helps me with
> just a few things, but: for someone not a systems administrator who
> wants to set up a workstation.
> As an example of the level needed, where I'm stuck is I don't know
> how to configure X from the incredibly primitive default setup.
> I wish to install and configure Fluxbox and Fluxspace, set up Emacs
> with all sorts of goodies (got sufficient docs on that excepting
> using ports), and vnc (or similar) from OSX.
> The online handbook wasn't helpful for my first problem. Complete
> FreeBSD, Absolute BSD, and Design and Implementation seem targeted
> toward admins and server setups. Am I wrong?
> Best, Ted
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