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Other web sites about BSD:Additional pages on this web site, which may be of interest: Starting in the late 1970s, the University of California, BSD began to develop a series of utilities and tools for existing UNIX operating system. Eventually this developed into a complete operating system known as Berkley Unix, the Berkley Software Distribution or simply BSD. Modern descendants of this operating system, including FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD are in widespread use today. Additionally, because of the very liberal terms of the BSD license, source code from BSD operating systems has been used Linux, Solaris, UNIX System V and its derivatives, and even Microsoft Windows. Additionally, Apple's Mac OS X, is based on BSD.

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Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition: The Complete Guide to FreeBSD

By Michael W. Lucas

No Starch Press
Released: 2018-10-05
Paperback (704 pages)

Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition: The Complete Guide to FreeBSD
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This updated edition of Michael W. Lucas' definitive volume on FreeBSD-based systems adds coverage of modern disks, the ZFS filesystem IPv6, redesigned jail and packaging systems, and virtualization, among dozens of new features added in the last 10 years.

FreeBSD is the muscle behind companies like Netflix and EMC. Any place where someone does heavy lifting on the Internet, you'll find FreeBSD. This newly revised edition of Absolute FreeBSD brings FreeBSD's strengths to bear on your problems and covers FreeBSD's newest features, all in the inimitable style that has made author Michael W. Lucas' system administration books so popular.

Any computer system is only as good as the system administrator's knowledge. Absolute FreeBSD teaches you everything you need to know about managing FreeBSD systems, from installation, configuration, and taking the system from "just working" to "working well." A cohesive focus on service delivery and best practice means that you can apply much of the book to other operating systems.

Absolute FreeBSD dives deep into server management, taking you beyond just making things work and into understanding why they work.

You'll learn:
  *  How to best install FreeBSD to meet your needs
  *  Which filesystem to use in your environment
  *  How to back up and restore critical data
  *  How to tweak the kernel, and when not to
  *  Network configuration, from activating interfaces to selecting congestion control algorithms
  *  How to manage UFS, ZFS, and other critical filesystems
  *  FreeBSD's software packaging system, including how to build your own package repository
  *  How and when to upgrade
  *  Techniques to build your own FreeBSD
  *  Advanced security features like blacklistd and packet filtering
  *  How to monitor and adjust performance
  *  Container-style virtualization with jails
  *  Diskless systems
  *  Panic management and bug reporting

With Absolute FreeBSD readers will get the solid introduction they need while fans of the earlier editions will expand their skills even further.

Absolute FreeBSD: The Complete Guide to FreeBSD, 2nd Edition

By Michael W. Lucas

No Starch Press
Paperback (744 pages)

Absolute FreeBSD: The Complete Guide to FreeBSD, 2nd Edition
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The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System

By Marshall Kirk McKusick

Addison-Wesley Professional
Hardcover (720 pages)

The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System
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As in earlier Addison-Wesley books on the UNIX-based BSD operating system, Kirk McKusick and George Neville-Neil deliver here the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and authoritative technical information on the internal structure of open source FreeBSD. Readers involved in technical and sales support can learn the capabilities and limitations of the system; applications developers can learn effectively and efficiently how to interface to the system; system administrators can learn how to maintain, tune, and configure the system; and systems programmers can learn how to extend, enhance, and interface to the system.

The authors provide a concise overview of FreeBSD's design and implementation. Then, while explaining key design decisions, they detail the concepts, data structures, and algorithms used in implementing the systems facilities. As a result, readers can use this book as both a practical reference and an in-depth study of a contemporary, portable, open source operating system.

This book:

  • Details the many performance improvements in the virtual memory system
  • Describes the new symmetric multiprocessor support
  • Includes new sections on threads and their scheduling
  • Introduces the new jail facility to ease the hosting of multiple domains
  • Updates information on networking and interprocess communication

Already widely used for Internet services and firewalls, high-availability servers, and general timesharing systems, the lean quality of FreeBSD also suits the growing area of embedded systems. Unlike Linux, FreeBSD does not require users to publicize any changes they make to the source code.



FreeBSD Developer's Handbook

By FreeBSD Documentation Project

Samurai Media Limited
Paperback (192 pages)

FreeBSD Developer s Handbook
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So here we are. System all installed and you are ready to start programming. But where to start? What does FreeBSD provide? What can it do for me, as a programmer? These are some questions which this chapter tries to answer. Of course, programming has different levels of proficiency like any other trade. For some it is a hobby, for others it is their profession. The information in this chapter might be aimed toward the beginning programmer; indeed, it could serve useful for the programmer unfamiliar with the FreeBSD platform.

FreeBSD Device Drivers: A Guide for the Intrepid

By Joseph Kong

Brand: No Starch Press
Released: 2012-05-12
Paperback (352 pages)

FreeBSD Device Drivers: A Guide for the Intrepid
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Device drivers make it possible for your software to communicate with your hardware, and because every operating system has specific requirements, driver writing is nontrivial. When developing for FreeBSD, you've probably had to scour the Internet and dig through the kernel sources to figure out how to write the drivers you need. Thankfully, that stops now. In FreeBSD Device Drivers, Joseph Kong will teach you how to master everything from the basics of building and running loadable kernel modules to more complicated topics like thread synchronization. After a crash course in the different FreeBSD driver frameworks, extensive tutorial sections dissect real-world drivers like the parallel port printer driver.

You'll learn:
–All about Newbus, the infrastructure used by FreeBSD to manage the hardware devices on your system
–How to work with ISA, PCI, USB, and other buses
–The best ways to control and communicate with the hardware devices from user space
–How to use Direct Memory Access (DMA) for maximum system performance
–The inner workings of the virtual null modem terminal driver, the USB printer driver, the Intel PCI Gigabit Ethernet adapter driver, and other important drivers
–How to use Common Access Method (CAM) to manage host bus adapters (HBAs)

Concise descriptions and extensive annotations walk you through the many code examples. Don't waste time searching man pages or digging through the kernel sources to figure out how to make that arcane bit of hardware work with your system. FreeBSD Device Drivers gives you the framework that you need to write any driver you want, now.

The Complete FreeBSD: Documentation from the Source

By Greg Lehey

O'Reilly Media
Paperback (714 pages)

The Complete FreeBSD: Documentation from the Source
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FreeBSD is by far the most popular version of BSD®, the legendary operating system that has contributed a great deal to every version of Unix® in use today (including Mac OS® X). Originally a community effort by the University of California at Berkeley, FreeBSD was aimed at making Unix a little friendlier and easier to use. By the time other free operating systems came along, BSD was firmly established and very reliable. And it continues to be today.For seven years, the FreeBSD community has relied on Greg Lehey's classic, The Complete FreeBSD, to guide them through its configuration and administration. The 4th edition, covering version 5 of FreeBSD, is now available through O'Reilly Community Press.The Complete FreeBSD is an eminently practical guidebook that explains not only how to get a computer up and running with the FreeBSD operating system, but also how to turn it into a highly functional and secure server that can host large numbers of users and disks, support remote access, and provide web service, mail service, and other key parts of the Internet infrastructure. The book provides in-depth information on installation and updates, back-ups, printers, RAID, various Internet services, firewalls, the graphical X Window system, and much more. Author Greg Lehey is a member of the FreeBSD core team and has been developing, documenting, and advocating for FreeBSD for nearly ten years. Whether you're an experienced Unix user or just interested in learning more about this free operating system and how you can put it to work for you, this do-it-yourself BSD documentation will provide the information you need.The Complete FreeBSD is the second release in the O'Reilly Community Press Series. Unlike classic O'Reilly animal books, which are created to fill an information void, the Community Press titles provide convenient printed copies of documentation that is already available online. O'Reilly's role in the series is limited to providing manufacturing and distribution services rather than editorial development, so that each Community Press title reflects the editorial voice and organization of the community that has created it.

FreeBSD Handbook 1/2

By FreeBSD Documentation Project

Ingramcontent
Paperback (422 pages)

FreeBSD Handbook 1/2
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The FreeBSD newcomer will find that the first section of this book guides the user through the FreeBSD installation process and gently introduces the concepts and conventions that underpin UNIX. Working through this section requires little more than the desire to explore, and the ability to take on board new concepts as they are introduced.
Once you have traveled this far, the second, far larger, section of the Handbook is a comprehensive reference to all manner of topics of interest to FreeBSD system administrators. Some of these chapters may recommend that you do some prior reading, and this is noted in the synopsis at the beginning of each chapter.

As the project became so big project over the years, we had to split this reference manual in two parts that are two separate physical books. To keep it consistent with the digital manual, the references and page numbers cover both physical books as it were one. Therefore please note that you probably want to have both parts.

DTrace: Dynamic Tracing in Oracle Solaris, Mac OS X and FreeBSD

By Brendan Gregg

Prentice Hall
Paperback (1152 pages)

DTrace: Dynamic Tracing in Oracle Solaris, Mac OS X and FreeBSD
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The Oracle Solaris DTrace feature revolutionizes the way you debug operating systems and applications. Using DTrace, you can dynamically instrument software and quickly answer virtually any question about its behavior. Now, for the first time, there's a comprehensive, authoritative guide to making the most of DTrace in any supported UNIX environment--from Oracle Solaris to OpenSolaris, Mac OS X, and FreeBSD.

 

Written by key contributors to the DTrace community, DTrace teaches by example, presenting scores of commands and easy-to-adapt, downloadable D scripts. These concise examples generate answers to real and useful questions, and serve as a starting point for building more complex scripts. Using them, you can start making practical use of DTrace immediately, whether you're an administrator, developer, analyst, architect, or support professional.

 

The authors fully explain the goals, techniques, and output associated with each script or command. Drawing on their extensive experience, they provide strategy suggestions, checklists, and functional diagrams, as well as a chapter of advanced tips and tricks. You'll learn how to

  • Write effective scripts using DTrace's D language
  • Use DTrace to thoroughly understand system performance
  • Expose functional areas of the operating system, including I/O, filesystems, and protocols
  • Use DTrace in the application and database development process
  • Identify and fix security problems with DTrace
  • Analyze the operating system kernel
  • Integrate DTrace into source code
  • Extend DTrace with other tools

This book will help you make the most of DTrace to solve problems more quickly and efficiently, and build systems that work faster and more reliably.


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