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Author FreeBSD Documentation Project Entered2002-01-07 12:06:54 by bcrowell
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best of both worlds
by Ben Crowell (crowell09 at stopspam.lightandmatter.com (change 09 to current year)) on 2003-05-01 23:10:47, review #252
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better than 80%
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better than 80%
This book gives you the best of both worlds: a free digital version, and a more convenient printed version. The printed version comes with a nice, complete FreeBSD distribution on 10 CDs. I installed FreeBSD from these disks while referring to the book, and it went fairly smoothly -- the writing is quite good, and jargon is explained clearly before it's used, and the authors have made an effort to explain why things are the way they are, which always helps. This is good technical writing by any standard, and miraculously good compared to the typical stuff you see written about how to install and use Linux.

I did run into one problem where the printed version had some out of date instructions for installing KDE, but that's just the nature of print publishing -- you can't change the book until the next edition comes out. (I checked later, and the digital version online had correct, current information.)

I think this book compares quite well with FreeBSD Unleashed, which doesn't seem to be available online.

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