Totally new to FreeBSD

hammond.mason at hammond.mason at
Thu Jul 20 15:12:49 BST 2006

I am new to this forum and new to FreeBSD.  In fact, so new that I have not
yet installed FreeBSD on my system.  In this respect, I was hoping someone
could give me some guidance.
I have purchased a couple of books to get me going (they're in the post):

FreeBSD: An Open-Source Operating System for Your Personal Computer
FreeBSD Handbook (3rd Edn): Volumes I and II

I wanted to know which release of BSD I should download and install.
Should I go straight to 6.1 or should I fall back to 4.4 or should I
download a different release?
I read the 5.x series is to be avoided and that 6.0 had some issues.  Have
I been mislead?
Any advice you can give me is appreciated.
Kind regards
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