FreeBSD is an operating system with a Unix lineage. If you know Linux, it's not so different overall. If you know macOS, it's not so different if you use the command line. If you know Windows, it's a whole new world.
References for Newcomers
- freebsd.org - the project website
- FreeBSD Handbook - overview of the entire OS
- FreeBSD Manuals - details on specific topics
- mailing lists - various project discussions
- IRC channel #freebsd on Libera - community support
The Docs on this Site
I wrote the docs on this site for two reasons: personal notes and helping others discover FreeBSD.
First, I like to write things down so I don't forget. Everything here is essentially notes to myself.
Second, I found getting started with FreeBSD challenging. Not challenging in an "it's hard" sense, but challenging to even come up with a reason why to use it at all. I've happily used Linux systems for decades, so I needed a reason to switch. Ultimately, I found my reasons. I'm sharing them here in hopes they might be useful to someone else. In particular, I've summarized what I like about FreeBSD compared to Linux equivalents.