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Date:      Fri, 19 Aug 2011 00:56:07 +0100
From:      Frank Shute <>
To:        scott mcclellan <>
Cc:        "" <>
Subject:   Re: new to os
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On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 03:18:09PM -0700, scott mcclellan wrote:
> I'm looking to try something different with my machine (or maybe I'm
> going through a midlife crisis).
> Currently run Wimdows (point and click), and would like to gravitate
> back to DOS (this is a thing of the ancient past for me 30 years -
> on a TRS-80). I know remember extremely little of OS vernacular.
> Am I biting off more than I can chew, or is there a OS commands for
> dummies out there, or does FreeBSD have such a critter that one can
> go through.
> I'll pour through the FAQ and got hrough the online manuals for now.
> But it all seems greek. Can someone point me in a diresction to
> degreek this stuff for me.
> Thanks,
> Scott McClellan

I'll give you one tip for free: keep your line length to less than 80
chars when posting to a unix list, say 74.

As for where to start, I'd probably start by buying a book or two.

"Unix in a Nutshell" pub. O'Reilly comes to mind. That should
familiarise yourself with most of the common commands.

If you decide to use FreeBSD then the freely available Handbook is a
must read:

Any questions that can't be answered by Googling, then post here.

Welcome to FreeBSD!




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