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Absolute FreeBSD: The Complete Guide to FreeBSD, 2nd Edition
by Michael W. Lucas

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Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition is your complete guide to FreeBSD, written by FreeBSD committer Michael W. Lucas. Lucas considers this completely revised and rewritten second edition of his landmark work to be his best work ever; a true product of his love for FreeBSD and the support of the FreeBSD community. Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition covers installation, networking, security, network services, system performance, kernel tweaking, filesystems, SMP, upgrading, crash debugging, and much more...
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Absolute FreeBSD: The Complete Guide to FreeBSD, 2nd Edition
by Michael W. Lucas

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I actually have this book on order right now, I'll let you know how it is.
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My personal opinion:

As of this writing, this book is one of the best FreeBSD 6/7 paper resources available to users/sysadmins.

Unlike most technical books, it doesn't put me to sleep, thanks to a dry sense of humor frequently injected by Lucas.

There is a ton of fundamental FreeBSD OS information covering a lot of areas (identified in the product description, obviously). There are also several terse but useful primers for common protocols and services such as: TCP/IP, DNS, Apache httpd, MTAs, etc.

Worth the $$. Enjoy.
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The first edition was excellent, so unless he's been spoiled by success, it should be worthwhile.
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The first edition was excellent, so unless he's been spoiled by success, it should be worthwhile.
Lucas has been quoted (& I am paraphrasing...) saying that due to delays, he was able to put more time into editing than with other editions, so the quality should be even better. From what I have read in his second edition, it is a great improvement. For what FreeBSD specific titles which are available today, I would say this is the best.

Hopefully, Michael will migrate to this site. He had been a regular visitor over at BSDForums for the last four months or so, although he didn't post often.
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i wish i had time to read some of these texts, i know there's some great ones out there.....

Can someone read it for me and give me the basic gist?
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I found this book as a good introduction for semi advanced users to be honest. He covers a lot of subjects from ports management to kernel panics. With that said it is a great reference. Has most everything one would want to get a understanding of FBSD from a user perspective.
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The best resource I've ever read! It is very good as complementing the Handbook. The contents are very practice oriented and touches many aspects of FreeBSD user life. Either desktop or servers environments. It is really worth the $$$.
If somebody is interested in talk about this book, we can discuss it when you send the private message.
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I've learned about jails on the previous book but does the 2nd edition go in depth?
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Unlike most technical books, it doesn't put me to sleep, thanks to a dry sense of humor frequently injected by Lucas.
lol isnt that the truth. i just started reading this last week.

This is one my favorite passages so far:
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Typical leaf ports include text editors, oversized office suites, web browsers, chat clients, and so on.
lol oversized office suites. so many dry and slight jokes laced throughout. Great read so far. Mainly focused on FreeBSD in a server environment but still really good even for a desktop user like me.

P.S. sorry to bump old threads
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It's expensive, at least in Germany, but it's worth the money
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Oliver: order books (english language) on amazon.com the shipping costs are nothing to speak of.

.de: 41,95€ (without shipping costs inside germany)
.com: $37.77 + $7.98 shipping = 29,52€
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I've learned about jails on the previous book but does the 2nd edition go in depth?
Not really. It gives a solid jail overview, but it's not super in depth. For that I'd recommend the FreeBSD Handbook, the jail(8) manpages, the book Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security, the FreeBSD Diary jail walkthru, and lots of practice and experimentation.
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so many dry and slight jokes laced throughout. Great read so far.
I agree -- and that's an accomplishment for a tech book.
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Oliver: order books (english language) on amazon.com the shipping costs are nothing to speak of.

.de: 41,95€ (without shipping costs inside germany)
.com: $37.77 + $7.98 shipping = 29,52€

Yes something to consider, thanks
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I just ordered this book, so I'll post my opinion once I'm done. FreeBSD is a different animal than Linux.
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Does anyone have an opinion on which book to recommend to a FreeBSD newcomer: this one, or the Complete FreeBSD by Lehey?
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Does anyone have an opinion on which book to recommend to a FreeBSD newcomer...
Note that Lehey's book is available free in electronic format:

http://www.lemis.com/grog/Documentation/CFBSD/

Personally, I would go with Lucas' book.
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Does anyone have an opinion on which book to recommend to a FreeBSD newcomer: this one, or the Complete FreeBSD by Lehey?
I'd also reccomend Lucas' book. It's just excellent
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Personally, I would buy both if I was new ;-)

Then read'em cover to cover.
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