Part I. Getting Started

This part of the handbook is for users and administrators who are new to FreeBSD. These chapters:

  • Introduce FreeBSD.

  • Guide readers through the installation process.

  • Teach UNIX® basics and fundamentals.

  • Show how to install the wealth of third party applications available for FreeBSD.

  • Introduce X, the UNIX® windowing system, and detail how to configure a desktop environment that makes users more productive.

The number of forward references in the text have been kept to a minimum so that this section can be read from front to back with minimal page flipping.

All FreeBSD documents are available for download at

Questions that are not answered by the documentation may be sent to <>.
Send questions about this document to <>.