Totally new to FreeBSD

Dave Gallagher david.gallagher at
Thu Jul 20 15:35:56 BST 2006

On Thursday 20 July 2006 15:12, hammond.mason at wrote:
> I am new to this forum and new to FreeBSD. =A0In fact, so new that I have=
> yet installed FreeBSD on my system. =A0In this respect, I was hoping some=
> 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. =A0H=
> I been mislead


All OSs have "issues".  With open source they are more likely to be fixed=20
faster and more transparently though ;-)

As to your other points, you can find the most up to date handbook at=20 in the docs section.

You might also be interested in The Complete FreeBSD by Greg Lehey now=20
available to download in source form or as a PDF document from his site=20

As for the version, I've still got 4.10 running as a local file/print serve=
I'm typing this on a 5.4 workstation and have used 6.1 for test builds in=20
preparation for upgrading both systems to 6.1.=20

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