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Date:      Wed, 27 May 2020 20:48:30 +0200
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        Ralf Mardorf <>
Cc:        Ralf Mardorf via freebsd-questions <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD Cert
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In-Reply-To: <20200527203627.2c9faae5@archlinux>
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On Wed, 27 May 2020 20:36:27 +0200, Ralf Mardorf via freebsd-questions wrote:
> On Wed, 27 May 2020 17:03:29 +0000, Brandon helsley wrote:
> >Excuse me could you clarify I didn't catch that
> IMHO it's quite irrelevant given that you described yourself as "I
> don't know anything about computers but got freebsd as a project to
> learn as much as possible".
> If you official maintain software for an operating system you not only
> need to be _familiar_ with the operating system, you also need to chase
> after the source code, if upstream discontinues a project and somebody
> forks it or upstream migrated from one software hosting service to
> another and there are few additional things to do, that are very time
> consuming and that have nothing to do with becoming familiar with the
> operating system.
> You are interested in networking? Search
> for the
> term "network".
> Learn how to read man(ual) pages, such as
> or
> man pages are the build in manual, but for a newbie the man pages are
> not easy to understand.
> Apropos shells:
> Learning by doing. Start a simple project. Kind of an advanced "Hello,
> World!" script that has something to do with your interests, maybe
> networking, instead of a program,
>,_World!%22_program .

Additionally, there is a way to contribute to FreeBSD outside
of the programming world (more or less): Write documentation.
You can file bug reports for inappropriate or missing manual
entries or handbook chapters, you can help bringing up
certain parts of the handbook or the FAQ up to date, or you
can even help proofreading existing documentation. But I said
"more or less": In order to do so, it doesn't hurt to under-
stand what you're dealing with or writing about, so everything
that Ralf wrote still applies: Learn FreeBSD basics, get
familiar with fundamental concepts of how a computer works,
how networking works, how shell scripting works, or whatever
meets your interests for contribution. Learn by doing, it
actually works. Don't be fooled by "it magically works just
by itself" - there is a learning curve, but you will always (!)
benefit from your knowledge and experience.

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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