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Date:      Fri, 26 Oct 2001 17:47:07 -0700
From:      Murray Stokely <>
Subject:   FreeBSD Handbook, 2nd Edition
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The FreeBSD Handbook, 2nd Edition is now available.

The FreeBSD Handbook is the primary source of documentation produced
by the FreeBSD Documentation Project.  This new edition contains over
650 pages of material about FreeBSD and has been completely updated to
reflect FreeBSD 4.X and 5.0-CURRENT.

The following changes have been made since the first edition :
(Taken from the preface)

    * A complete index and several new appendices have been added.
    * All ASCII figures have been replaced by graphical diagrams.
    * A standard synopsis has been added to each chapter to give a
      quick summary of what information the chapter contains, and what
      the reader is expected to know.
    * The content has been logically reorganized into three parts:
      "Getting Started", "System Administration", and "Appendices".
    * The typsetting has been significantly enhanced to make the text
      easier to read.
    * Chapter 2 ("Installing FreeBSD") was completely rewritten with
      many screenshots added to make it easier for new users to grasp
      the text.
    * Chapter 3 ("Unix Basics") has been expanded to contain
      additional information about processes, daemons, and signals.
    * Chapter 4 ("Installing Applications") has been expanded to
      contain additional information about binary package management.
    * Chapter 5 ("The X Window System") has been completely rewritten
      with an emphasis on using modern desktop technologies such as
      KDE and GNOME on XFree86 4.x.
    * Chapter 6 ("Configuration and Tuning") is a new chapter for this
    * Chapter 7 ("The FreeBSD Booting Process") has been expanded.
    * Chapter 12 ("Storage") has been rewritten from what used to be
      two separate chapters on "Disks" and "Backups".  We feel that
      the topics are easier to comprehend when presented as a single
      chapter.  A section on RAID (both hardware and software) has
      also been added.
    * Chapter 14 ("Sound") is a new chapter for this edition!
    * Chapter 15 ("Serial Communications") has been completely
      reorganized and updated for FreeBSD 4.X/5.X.
    * Chapter 16 ("PPP and SLIP") has been substantially updated.
    * Chapter 17 ("Advanced Networking") has been greatly expanded
      with many new sections.
    * Chapter 18 ("Electronic Mail") has been expanded to include more
      information about configuring sendmail.
    * Chapter 20 ("Linux Compatibility") has been expanded to include
      information about installing Oracle and SAP/R3.

The book was typeset using the open-source tools used by the FreeBSD
Documentation Project (

This book would not be possible without the hard work of many people.
In particular, we'd like to single out the following authors who
contributed substantial amounts of text to make this book a reality :

Satoshi Asami, Neil Blakey-Milner, Matt Dillon, Dima Dorfman, Udo
Erdelhoff, Jordan Hubbard, Sean Kelly, Jun Kuriyama, Chern Lee, Bruce
Mah, Jim Mock, Mark Murray, David O'Brien, Chris Piazza, Randy Pratt,
Christopher Shumway, Mike Smith, Brian Somers, G. Adam Stanislav, Greg
Sutter, Bill Swingle, Michael C. Wu, Valentino Vaschetto, and everyone
else who has contributed updates to this book over the past 6 years.

We would also like to thank Wind River Systems for supporting the
publication of this book by paying several authors to add additional
chapters to the book and to enhance the infrastructure for
print-output in our open-source toolchain.  This work was paid for by
Wind River but has been contributed back to the FreeBSD community.

The book is available now from the FreeBSD Mall :=20

	Thanks and enjoy!

	- Murray Stokely and Nik Clayton
	  Editors, FreeBSD Handbook, 2nd Edition

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