The Definitive Guide to PC-BSD

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Apress, Mar 22, 2010 - Computers - 400 pages
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This book is the ultimate reference for both beginners and power users to PC-BSD—the free, easy-to-use operating system based on FreeBSD. Existing power users will learn how to look under the hood and contribute to the global PC-BSD community. PC-BSD is turning into a hassle-free alternative to Linux on the desktop.

  • Enjoy secure, virus-free computing
  • Quickly become a power user
What you’ll learn
  • How to completely customize your desktop to suit your personality and quickly access your favorite applications
  • How to find and install quality, no-cost software
  • How to keep your system secure, virus-free, and up to date
  • How to perform common tasks such as playing music and video, sharing files, and gaming
  • How to integrate the PC-BSD desktop into your network
  • How to become part of the PC-BSD community
Who this book is for

You don’t have to be a Unix user to enjoy the PC-BSD operating system. Even if you’re fairly new to computers, this book will quickly get you started using and enjoying PC-BSD. Existing power users will discover new usage tricks and learn how to advance their PC-BSD skills.

Table of Contents
  1. Introducing PC-BSD
  2. Installing PC-BSD
  3. Customizing the Desktop
  4. Getting Around
  5. Performing Common Tasks
  6. User System Settings
  7. Administrative System Settings
  8. Push Button Installer System
  9. FreeBSD Packages
  10. FreeBSD Ports
  11. Getting Help
  12. Getting Involved
  13. Advanced Tasks
  14. Becoming a Developer

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CHAPTER 1 Introducing PCBSD
CHAPTER 2 Installing PCBSD
PART 2 Using the PCBSD Desktop
CHAPTER 3 Customizing the Desktop
CHAPTER 4 Getting Around
CHAPTER 5 Performing Common Tasks
CHAPTER 6 User System Settings
CHAPTER 7 Administrative System Settings
CHAPTER 10 FreeBSD Ports
PART 4 Community
CHAPTER 11 Getting Help
CHAPTER 12 Getting Involved
PART 5 Going Beyond the Basics
CHAPTER 13 Advanced Tasks
CHAPTER 14 Becoming a Developer
APPENDIX Reference Tables

PART 3 Software
CHAPTER 8 Push Button Installer System
CHAPTER 9 FreeBSD Packages

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About the author (2010)

Dru Lavigne has been using the Berkeley Software Distribution family of operating systems since the mid-1990s, and PC-BSD has been her primary desktop since 2006. A network and systems administrator and information technology instructor, she has over a decade of experience administering and teaching Netware, Microsoft, Cisco, Checkpoint, SCO, Solaris, Linux, and BSD systems. A prolific author, she is the author of BSD Hacks (O'Reilly, 2004) and The Best of FreeBSD Basics (Reed Media Services, 2007).

Dru is currently the editor-in-chief of the Open Source Business Resource, a free monthly publication covering open source and the commercialization of open source assets. She is founder and current chair of the BSD Certification Group, a non-profit organization with a mission to create the standard for certifying BSD system administrators. She maintains a blog at

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