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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.

FreeBSD Mastery: Jails (IT Mastery Book 15)

By Michael W Lucas

Tilted Windmill Press
Released: 2019-03-22
Kindle Edition (216 pages)

FreeBSD Mastery: Jails (IT Mastery Book 15)
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Jails are FreeBSD’s most legendary feature: known to be powerful, tricky to master, and cloaked in decades of dubious lore. Deploying jails calls upon every sysadmin skill you have, and more—but unleashing lightweight virtualization is so worth it.

FreeBSD Mastery: Jails cuts through the clutter to expose the inner mechanisms of jails and unleash their power in your service.

You will:

•Understand how jails achieve lightweight virtualization
•Understand the base system’s jail tools and the iocage toolkit
•Optimally configure jail hardware
•Manage jails from the host and from within the jail
•Optimize disk space usage to support hundreds or thousands of jails
•Comfortably work within the limits of jails
•Implement fine-grained control of jail features
•Build virtual networks
•Deploy hierarchical jails
•Constrain jail resource usage
•And more!

Strip away the mystery. Read FreeBSD Mastery: Jails today!“

This is the sequel to Git Commit Murder, right ?” /phk, creator of the jail system

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.

BHYVE: FreeBSD for Virtualization

By Erick Engelke

Independently published
Paperback (41 pages)

BHYVE: FreeBSD for Virtualization
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BHYVEFreeBSD for VirtualizationFreeBSD now ships with BHYVE, a free and capable virtualization feature similar to HyperV and VMware, suitable for virtualizing VMs running FreeBSD, Windows, Linux, and others. In addition to examples installing FreeBSD, Windows and Linux with both UFS and ZFS, there are whole chapters dedicated to networking and firewall issues, disk issues including UFS and ZFS+snapshots, Graphics, VM migration with and without Suspend/Restore and Passthrough devices and using high speed NFS for VM storage. The Windows chapter discusses Microsoft licensing, simple resizing of disks, etc.Anyone with basic Unix/FreeBSD experience will find everything necessary to build powerful virtualization solutions.

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.

FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS (IT Mastery) (Volume 7)

By Michael W Lucas

Tilted Windmill Press
Paperback (234 pages)

FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS (IT Mastery) (Volume 7)
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21st-Century Data Storage ZFS, the fast, flexible, self-healing filesystem, revolutionized data storage. Leveraging ZFS changes everything about managing FreeBSD systems. With FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS, you’ll learn to:
  • understand how your hardware affects ZFS
  • arrange your storage for optimal performance
  • configure datasets that match your enterprise’s needs
  • repair and monitor storage pools
  • expand your storage
  • use compression to enhance performance
  • determine if deduplication is right for your data
  • understand how copy-on-write changes everything
  • snapshot filesystems
  • automatically rotate snapshots
  • clone filesystems
  • understand how ZFS uses and manages space
  • do custom FreeBSD ZFS installs Whether you’re a long-term FreeBSD administrator or a new user, FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS will help you simplify storage. Master ZFS with FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS.
  • FreeBSD Handbook 1/2

    By FreeBSD Documentation Project

    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.

    FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS (IT Mastery Book 9)

    By Michael W Lucas

    Tilted Windmill Press
    Released: 2016-04-10
    Kindle Edition (244 pages)

    FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS (IT Mastery Book 9)
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    ZFS improves everything about systems administration. Once you peek under the hood, though, ZFS’ bewildering array of knobs and tunables can overwhelm anyone. ZFS experts can make their servers zing—and now you can, too, with FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS.

    This small book teaches you to:

    •Use boot environments to make the riskiest sysadmin tasks boring
    •Delegate filesystem privileges to users
    •Containerize ZFS datasets with jails
    •Quickly and efficiently replicate data between machines
    •split layers off of mirrors
    •optimize ZFS block storage
    •handle large storage arrays
    •select caching strategies to improve performance
    •manage next-generation storage hardware
    •identify and remove bottlenecks
    •build screaming fast database storage
    •dive deep into pools, metaslabs, and more!

    Whether you manage a single small server or international datacenters, simplify your storage with FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS.

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