Because it's very popular among Internet service providers (ISPs), FreeBSD is likely the Unix flavor you work with when you Telnet into the server that hosts a Web site. For that reason, it's worth having FreeBSD Unleashed
around if you frequently need to log in to various hosted environments but don't do your day-to-day work on a FreeBSD computer. If you're running FreeBSD on your own machine--and more than a few Linux critics say you should be--you'll get even more out of this book, particularly if you prefer to have your reference materials on paper. It's a good idea to have them that way when you're having problems getting FreeBSD to connect to the Internet, after all.
This book explains, succinctly, how to do basic utilitarian stuff like moving files and creating users, and advanced utilitarian stuff like "building the world" from raw source. Further, the authors explain Unix concepts (like the shell and its relationship to the kernel) clearly and in ample detail. Michael Urban and Brian Tiemann also go beyond FreeBSD itself, explaining such concepts as wide area networks (WANs) and basic, environment-neutral Perl programming. Whether these inclusions are valuable extras or extraneous padding depends upon your perspective, but there's no doubt that the authors maintain a high quality standard throughout their documentation of FreeBSD and its allied technologies. --David Wall
Topics covered: Using and enjoying the FreeBSD flavor of Unix, with emphasis on versions 4.4 and 5.0. Instructions and explanations--all rather detailed--appear on installing the operating system, configuring groups and users, setting up daemons (including those for network services like mail), and connecting to other computers (as well as the Internet). Installable copies of FreeBSD 4.4 and 5.0 ship with this book.
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From the Back Cover
FreeBSD is a freely available Unix system based on the BSD distribution from the University of California at Berkeley. It is an open source project developed by volunteers all over the world.
FreeBSD is extremely robust and powers some of the largest Internet sites in the world, including Yahoo! and the Internet Movie Database. It has also been used for other high-end applications, such as special effects rendering in movies. The special effects in The Matrix were rendered on a cluster of FreeBSD systems.
FreeBSD Unleashed, 2/e teaches the reader everything he or she needs to know in order to use FreeBSD to its full potential. It shows individuals how to put to use the same FreeBSD power that many high-profile Internet sites depend on to work. Whether someone needs and enterprise class server, a small business server, or a dependable workstation, this book provides a powerful solution to the reader's needs.
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