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Date:      Thu, 20 Mar 2008 11:47:00 -0400
From:      Jerry McAllister <jerrymc@msu.edu>
To:        Donald Laniohan <donald@mlansd.com>
Cc:        FreeBSD-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: my brother is making me learn FreeBSD...
Message-ID:  <20080320154700.GC58593@gizmo.acns.msu.edu>
In-Reply-To: <20080320154053.GB58593@gizmo.acns.msu.edu>
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On Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 11:40:53AM -0400, Jerry McAllister wrote:

> On Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 11:32:08PM -0800, Donald Laniohan wrote:
> 
> > My task is to build a BSD server and do something with it. That is all the
> > information he gave me, that, and any questions I have to make Google my
> > best friend, which I have. i remember building my first whitebox, it was a
> > 386 with windows 3.1. I remember when I built my 486 and stole a copy of
> > windows 95. I thought I was a savage. BSD, however, has showed me how
> > juvenile I have been. If I do not master BSD my brother is going to keep me
> > as a desktop support for his windows clients and I want to progress past
> > this. So he's giving me a 1u, and said to put BSD on it and make it do
> > something, im just so stuck in my windows comfort zone I can't think of what
> > I would need a unix server to that I couldn't make windows do for me. I know
> > this is trivial but if somebody could offer any suggestion or resource I,
> > and my career, would greatly appreciate it
> > 
> 
> Good for your brother.
> 
> First thing to do is get on the FreeBSD website:   http://www.freebsd.org/
> and start reading.    Especially read the handbook and things about
> installing and setting up FreeBSD.
> 
> Then put some stuff on it, such as browser (Firefox, probably), 
> web server (Apache), office tools (OpenOffice) and maybe a few games
> from /usr/ports and learn to use those.   You might want to add
> database (MySQL), interpreter (Perl, PHP) and other stuff as needed.

I forgot to mention and should add, FreeBSD comes with Email (sendmail)
ready to go, just turn it on, firewall,  and with X-windows configured, 
a good windows server, plus there are thousands of other utilities, 
relevant for specific needs, such as xv, xfig graphics and sounds 
programs, etc.

////jerry


> 
> Have fun.  
> 
> ////jerry
> 
> > Donald Laniohan
> > 
> > MLAN Consulting
> > San Diego, CA
> > donald@mlansd.com
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