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The Complete FreeBSD 10 Years Old, Now Free

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the free-reading-material dept.

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sjg writes "'The Complete FreeBSD', long regarded as one of the most valuable reference works for new and seasoned FreeBSD users alike, has recently celebrated its 10'th anniversary. To celebrate this auspicious occasion, Greg Lehey, author of The Complete FreeBSD and longtime FreeBSD contributor has released the work for download under the Creative Commons license."

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Torrent Here (2, Informative)

tpwch (748980) | more than 8 years ago | (#14810052)

since its going pretty slow, help save their bandwidth. here is a torrent: http://www.tpwch.com/temp/the_complete_freebsd.tor rent

Re:Torrent Here (3, Informative)

lee7guy (659916) | more than 8 years ago | (#14810189)

Another torrent http://tinyurl.com/nkw6f [tinyurl.com] containing the PDF and sources, from the OSNews article [osnews.com] a couple of days ago...

Re:Torrent Here (2, Informative)

tpwch (748980) | more than 8 years ago | (#14810195)

oops, accidentaly used the bold tag instead of the link tag. clickable version of the url: http://www.tpwch.com/temp/the_complete_freebsd.tor rent [tpwch.com] http://www.tpwch.com/temp/the_complete_freebsd .torrent>

Re:Torrent Here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14810666)

If that's a torrent containing a file called goatse.jpg, then I'm going to be very upset.

Re:Torrent Here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14810737)

Thx for the torrent, site is down, coral cache is broken, and the book is a must-have !!!

PS: it's the TPB tracker, don't expect it to answer the first time...

Re:Torrent Here (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14813188)

For real work, FreeBSD is pretty much dead. It is sort of the way OS/2 was about 5 years ago, living in limbo. I guess this book will have some hobby appeal, even if its commercial viability is gone. That's the way it crumbles, cookie-wise.

Creative Commons (2, Informative)

Stradenko (160417) | more than 8 years ago | (#14810055)

Specifically licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 license. [creativecommons.org]

"Creative Commons" is far too vague to be meaningful.

Re:Creative Commons (1)

jmorris42 (1458) | more than 8 years ago | (#14813152)

Exactly why RMS no longer endorses their use. Because this particular license is about as 'Free' as a download of Internet Explorer.

Re:Creative Commons (1)

Arandir (19206) | more than 8 years ago | (#14828726)

Because this particular license is about as 'Free' as a download of Internet Explorer.
This isn't software, it's a book. While technical in nature, it is still someone's personal expression. Once you modify it, it's not longer personal.

Re:Creative Commons (1)

bcrowell (177657) | more than 8 years ago | (#14813211)

My printed copy (4th edition, 2003) says, "This material may be distributed only subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Open Publication License, Version 1.0.8 or later." So now we have a somewhat goofy situation. It's always been legal for you to photocopy the printed book and sell copies on eBay, because the OPL is a real honest-to-god free license. But now there's a digital version of the book that you can copy but not sell. I guess you can have it digital or you can have it free-as-in-speech, but you can't have both.

Re:Creative Commons (4, Informative)

bcrowell (177657) | more than 8 years ago | (#14813412)

Ah, I finally got through to the web site. He explicitly says that he's open to having other people produce and sell the book commercially, but he's using the noncommercial CC to force them to contact him and discuss it before he gives the go-ahead.

Re:Creative Commons (3, Informative)

Eivind Eklund (5161) | more than 8 years ago | (#14815185)

I'll follow that up with saying that Greg's usually a fairly easy guy to deal with.

Eivind.

Coralized links (3, Informative)

whysanity (231556) | more than 8 years ago | (#14810123)

http://www.lemis.com.nyud.net:8090/grog/Documentat ion/CFBSD/ [nyud.net]

The complete book [nyud.net] in gzipped PostScript form (about 2.8 MB).
The complete book [nyud.net] in gzipped PDF form (about 5 MB). This version has minor format problems with ligatures. If possible, use the PostScript version.
The complete sources [nyud.net] for rebuilding the book (about 9.5 MB), gzipped tar.

A few notes (0, Offtopic)

temojen (678985) | more than 8 years ago | (#14810481)

I wouldn't use postscript files from random sources in a local viewer (but I would on a printer). PostScript is a turing-complete language with filesystem and network access.

Gzipped PDF? They do know about the Gzip compression option in the PDF standard, right? Use the PDF compression and you can open it directly in Acrobat, XPDF, kghostview, Preview, or whathaveyou.

Re:A few notes (1)

compass46 (259596) | more than 8 years ago | (#14810661)

Gzipped PDF? They do know about the Gzip compression option in the PDF standard, right?

Ummmmm, I'm guessing Greg realized it would take him 2 seconds to type `gzip file.pdf` rather than integrating it into the doc sources and rebuilding...

Re:A few notes (1)

Arandir (19206) | more than 8 years ago | (#14828809)

You should STILL have to zip it up afterwards. Otherwise when someone clicks on the link the PDF gets displayed in the browser instead of downloaded. While we all know how to use a right click to download, it does prevent hordes of Windows and Mac users (and even a few KDE and GNOME users) from tearing you a new asshole for your rudeness. Trust me, I know from experience.

Re:A few notes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14833396)

Thats what the mime header is for

(as long as you aren't using IE)

Re:A few notes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14872548)

... it does prevent hordes of Windows ...

So.. as long as you aren't 90% of those guys. Great. You fucking tool.

Re:Coralized links (1)

In Fraudem Legis (937585) | more than 8 years ago | (#14810573)

Thanks :)

Worthwhile, even outside of *BSD (3, Insightful)

fak3r (917687) | more than 8 years ago | (#14810138)

This book is worthwhile for anyone running a server, not just *BSD users. There's plenty of specifics of running servers and configuration that makes this an invaluable aide to any sys admin. Honestly I think it gets a little slow when it walks you through the installer (!) but I guess that's why it's "complete"! Recommended.

Should be good... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14810242)

..Anyonw with a beard like that must know UNIX!

Lessons from the Grave: What Killed FreeBSD (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14810308)

The End of FreeBSD

[ed. note: in the following text, former FreeBSD developer Mike Smith gives his reasons for abandoning FreeBSD]

When I stood for election to the FreeBSD core team nearly two years ago, many of you will recall that it was after a long series of debates during which I maintained that too much organisation, too many rules and too much formality would be a bad thing for the project.

Today, as I read the latest discussions on the future of the FreeBSD project, I see the same problem; a few new faces and many of the old going over the same tired arguments and suggesting variations on the same worthless schemes. Frankly I'm sick of it.

FreeBSD used to be fun. It used to be about doing things the right way. It used to be something that you could sink your teeth into when the mundane chores of programming for a living got you down. It was something cool and exciting; a way to spend your spare time on an endeavour you loved that was at the same time wholesome and worthwhile.

It's not anymore. It's about bylaws and committees and reports and milestones, telling others what to do and doing what you're told. It's about who can rant the longest or shout the loudest or mislead the most people into a bloc in order to legitimise doing what they think is best. Individuals notwithstanding, the project as a whole has lost track of where it's going, and has instead become obsessed with process and mechanics.

So I'm leaving core. I don't want to feel like I should be "doing something" about a project that has lost interest in having something done for it. I don't have the energy to fight what has clearly become a losing battle; I have a life to live and a job to keep, and I won't achieve any of the goals I personally consider worthwhile if I remain obligated to care for the project.

Discussion

I'm sure that I've offended some people already; I'm sure that by the time I'm done here, I'll have offended more. If you feel a need to play to the crowd in your replies rather than make a sincere effort to address the problems I'm discussing here, please do us the courtesy of playing your politics openly.

From a technical perspective, the project faces a set of challenges that significantly outstrips our ability to deliver. Some of the resources that we need to address these challenges are tied up in the fruitless metadiscussions that have raged since we made the mistake of electing officers. Others have left in disgust, or been driven out by the culture of abuse and distraction that has grown up since then. More may well remain available to recruitment, but while the project is busy infighting our chances for successful outreach are sorely diminished.

There's no simple solution to this. For the project to move forward, one or the other of the warring philosophies must win out; either the project returns to its laid-back roots and gets on with the work, or it transforms into a super-organised engineering project and executes a brilliant plan to deliver what, ultimately, we all know we want.

Whatever path is chosen, whatever balance is struck, the choosing and the striking are the important parts. The current indecision and endless conflict are incompatible with any sort of progress.

Trying to dissect the above is far beyond the scope of any parting shot, no matter how distended. All I can really ask of you all is to let go of the minutiae for a moment and take a look at the big picture. What is the ultimate goal here? How can we get there with as little overhead as possible? How would you like to be treated by your fellow travellers?

Shouts

To the Slashdot "BSD is dying" crowd - big deal. Death is part of the cycle; take a look at your soft, pallid bodies and consider that right this very moment, parts of you are dying. See? It's not so bad.

To the bulk of the FreeBSD committerbase and the developer community at large - keep your eyes on the real goals. It's when you get distracted by the politickers that they sideline you. The tireless work that you perform keeping the system clean and building is what provides the platform for the obsessives and the prima donnas to have their moments in the sun. In the end, we need you all; in order to go forwards we must first avoid going backwards.

To the paranoid conspiracy theorists - yes, I work for Apple too. No, my resignation wasn't on Steve's direct orders, or in any way related to work I'm doing, may do, may not do, or indeed what was in the tea I had at lunchtime today. It's about real problems that the project faces, real problems that the project has brought upon itself. You can't escape them by inventing excuses about outside influence, the problem stems from within.

To the politically obsessed - give it a break, if you can. No, the project isn't a lemonade stand anymore, but it's not a world-spanning corporate juggernaut either and some of the more grandiose visions going around are in need of a solid dose of reality. Keep it simple, stupid.

To the grandstanders, the prima donnas, and anyone that thinks that they can hold the project to ransom for their own agenda - give it a break, if you can. When the current core were elected, we took a conscious stand against vigorous sanctions, and some of you have exploited that. A new core is going to have to decide whether to repeat this mistake or get tough. I hope they learn from our errors.

Future

I started work on FreeBSD because it was fun. If I'm going to continue, it has to be fun again. There are things I still feel obligated to do, and with any luck I'll find the time to meet those obligations.

However I don't feel an obligation to get involved in the political mess the project is in right now. I tried, I burnt out. I don't feel that my efforts were worthwhile. So I won't be standing for election, I won't be shouting from the sidelines, and I probably won't vote in the next round of ballots.

You could say I'm packing up my toys. I'm not going home just yet, but I'm not going to play unless you can work out how to make the project somewhere fun to be again.

= Mike

--

If the site ever comes up again (1)

putko (753330) | more than 8 years ago | (#14810502)

You should make sure to check out the picture of the author. He looks like a he could be a Unix hacker!

The book is excellent too of course, which is why this is so cool.

Also, the book is truly excellent. He's got very, very useful stuff in there.

My only more favorite author on the same topic is Lucas, who has a few books out from "No Starch Press".

Re:If the site ever comes up again (3, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 8 years ago | (#14810701)

You should make sure to check out the picture of the author. He looks like a he could be a Unix hacker!

The author was a member of the FreeBSD core team for a little while. That's about as much of a UNIX hacker as it's possible to be...

Re:If the site ever comes up again (3, Informative)

freshman_a (136603) | more than 8 years ago | (#14810787)


The author was a member of the FreeBSD core team for a little while. That's about as much of a UNIX hacker as it's possible to be...

To add to that, he's also a NetBSD developer, MySQL developer, Vinum Volume Manager developer, and has contributed code to the Linux kernel.

So yes, I'd say he's one helluva UNIX hacker.

Re:If the site ever comes up again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14869188)

But he's certainly no ESR! People can be forgiven for not knowing what he's accomplished.

Great book (1)

GomezAdams (679726) | more than 8 years ago | (#14810575)

Greg Leahy writes one of the finest *IX books ever and now it's free. Highly recommended. I got my first copy with FreeBSD 2.2 in it. I learned more about UNIX in one place from the book that anywhere else.

Re:Great book (1)

Timex (11710) | more than 8 years ago | (#14823931)

Greg Leahy writes one of the finest *IX books ever and now it's free. Highly recommended. I got my first copy with FreeBSD 2.2 in it. I learned more about UNIX in one place from the book that anywhere else.

Greg is a very interesting guy. I've had several opportunities to talk with him.

I also have a signed copy of the third edition! :D

Mirrored here to help reduce bandwidth... (0)

Xaroth (67516) | more than 8 years ago | (#14810593)

Service Temporarily Unavailable

The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.

Apache/1.3.34 Server at www.lemis.com Port 80

---

Hope that helps!

Re:Mirrored here to help reduce bandwidth... (1)

afabbro (33948) | more than 8 years ago | (#14810783)

Well, perhaps if they were running FreeBSD...

Apache/1.3.34 Debian mod_gzip/1.3.26.1a mod_tsunami/3.0 PHP/4.4.2-1 mod_fastcgi/2.4.2 mod_auth_pgsql/0.9.12.1 mod_ssl/2.8.25 OpenSSL/0.9.8a mod_choke/0.06

Cheap printing/binding? (2)

cerberusss (660701) | more than 8 years ago | (#14811070)

Often I encounter PDFs online which I'd like to read in/on the backyard/holiday/couch. Besides the obvious buying, does anyone have tips on specific printershops/chains that cheaply print and bind stuff like this? Prices, perhaps?

Re:Cheap printing/binding? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14811332)

What about putting them on a PDA? On a palm its pretty dreadful when switching between pages but bearable. On a WCE PDA it's not bad though.

this article should be front page (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14811237)

imho...

Which version? (1)

eric76 (679787) | more than 8 years ago | (#14811277)

Which version is this?

I already have the 3rd edition that I bought a few years ago.

Re:Which version? (2, Informative)

LurkerXXX (667952) | more than 8 years ago | (#14811594)

"Fourth Edition"
"Tenth anniversary version, 24, Febuary 2006"

*BSD is Dying (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14811850)

It is now official. Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered *BSD community when IDC confirmed that *BSD market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last [samag.com] in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

You don't need to be the Amazing Kreskin [amazingkreskin.com] to predict *BSD's future. The hand writing is on the wall: *BSD faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for *BSD because *BSD is dying. Things are looking very bad for *BSD. As many of us are already aware, *BSD continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

FreeBSD is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time FreeBSD developers Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: FreeBSD is dying.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

OpenBSD leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of OpenBSD. How many users of NetBSD are there? Let's see. The number of OpenBSD versus NetBSD posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetBSD users. BSD/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetBSD posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of BSD/OS. A recent article put FreeBSD at about 80 percent of the *BSD market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeBSD users. This is consistent with the number of FreeBSD Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeBSD went out of business and was taken over by BSDI who sell another troubled OS. Now BSDI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that *BSD has steadily declined in market share. *BSD is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If *BSD is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dabblers. *BSD continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save *BSD at this point in time. For all practical purposes, *BSD is dead.

Fact: *BSD is dying

Re:*BSD is Dying (1)

turbidostato (878842) | more than 8 years ago | (#14849492)

Of course, *specially* here this had to come out.

Thanks for your dedication, Mr Anonymous Coward.

Re-Think the "It's Gotta Be As Big As" mindset (1)

ivi (126837) | more than 8 years ago | (#14812390)

After noticing that the author's download server had gotten SlashDotted,
  I took the time to browse the book's History.

  I was taken aback to find that he had acted (IMHO) sheepish in response
  to someone else's input of the form: "It needs more pages" ('reminds me
  of the Emporer's line - in Amadeus - "It needs more notes" ...both mind-
  less comments on a work by people not interested enough to get -inside-
  the heads or hearts of the creators).

  For all kinds of reasons, writing bloated books (with "more pages") just
  doesn't work for me:

  - while carrying a ref. book to a work site: the more pp's the heavier
  - when trying to find info: the more words needed to be read, the slower
  - when promoting a FOSS Op Sys: the bigger their book(s), the harder the sell
  - until the publishing world goes all electronic: more trees must die
  - while authors get paid (or books get sold) by the word (page) counts:
        * dead-tree versions will be unnecessarily more costly
        * less time is available for more creative endeavors
        * the signal-to-noise ratio will be lower than optimal
        * the risk of authors getting RSI is higher than optimal

  In sum, it just seems like we're following the commercial crowds, ie,
  rather than designing elegant creations that we can be 100% proud of.

  Still, I want to THANK the Author for releasing this book via the CC.

  My 2.2 cents... what'cha think?

Minor correction (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14813536)

Okay. This is picky, I know. Otherwise I agree 100%. The Emperor actually told Mozart, "Too many notes." In reality, the perfect book is like a good skirt--long enough to cover the subject, yet short enough to still be interesting.

Re:Minor correction (1)

WinterSolstice (223271) | more than 8 years ago | (#14842376)

lol - I loved that bit:

Emperor Joseph II: Your work is ingenious. It's quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that's all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect.
Mozart: Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?

-WS

misquote (1)

overbom (461949) | more than 8 years ago | (#14819914)

"Too many notes" is the line you're thinking of.

Re:Re-Think the "It's Gotta Be As Big As" mindset (1)

Arandir (19206) | more than 8 years ago | (#14828941)

- until the publishing world goes all electronic: more trees must die

In case you didn't know it, paper comes from trees raised on farms.
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