FreeBSD Quickstart Guide for Linux® Users

John Ferrell

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This document is intended to quickly familiarize intermediate to advanced Linux® users with the basics of FreeBSD.

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Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Default Shell
3. Packages and Ports: Adding Software in FreeBSD
4. System Startup
5. Network Configuration
6. Firewall
7. Updating FreeBSD
8. procfs: Gone But Not Forgotten
9. Common Commands
10. Conclusion

1. Introduction

This document highlights some of the technical differences between FreeBSD and Linux® so that intermediate to advanced Linux® users can quickly familiarize themselves with the basics of FreeBSD.

This document assumes that FreeBSD is already installed. Refer to the Installing FreeBSD chapter of the FreeBSD Handbook for help with the installation process.

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