FreeBSD: Tutorials, Howtos and Reviews

Over the years I’ve written quite a few posts to help people get into FreeBSD (or FreeBSD-related projects). This is the place to get a quick overview of those posts:

2017

Updating FreeBSD 4.11

This series of four posts is about updating a legacy system running the legendary ancient FreeBSD version 4.11.

Introduction of FreeBSD jails

A mini-series of two posts about jails on FreeBSD.

Building a BSD home router

A detailed eight part howto on building your own home router including hardware considerations, an intro to using the serial console, discussing two options for operating systems and more.

2016

Dual-boot FreeBSD setup

This two post mini-series is about installing FreeBSD and OpenBSD together on one machine. Full disk encryption is used for both systems.

Introducing Vagrant on FreeBSD

Another two post mini-series, this time introducing Vagrant – a versatile tool to automate and manage disposable Virtual Machines.

Introduction to Bacula on FreeBSD

A five-post introduction to the backup software Bacula (of course on FreeBSD)!

Single posts

These are a couple of posts that are not part of any series.

  • (Jul 2016) Documentation: Linux vs. FreeBSD – a real-world example
  • I never use WLAN at home. Then one day I want to access the net with my FreeBSD machine while being on the road and I have no clue how to do it. That was when I discovered just how much better FreeBSD’s man pages are compared to the ones I was used to from Linux!

  • (Aug 2016) How to choose your *BSD OS to begin with?
  • This post is meant to give an overview over the four main BSDs, what they put their focus on, what interesting things they have going on and why you would want to try out which one.

  • (Dec 2016) 3+ months on TrueOS – a critical write-up
  • After having used the new TrueOS as my main OS as a daily driver, I wanted to document the good, the bad and the ugly. TrueOS is a FreeBSD-based OS with a lot of potential that however had quite a few rough edges at that time and had yet to find its way.

2015

FreeBSD for Linux users: General introduction series

A series of five posts that are meant to give a short intro into the world of FreeBSD.

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