While professional PC-BSD support is available from iXsystems, most users turn to the Internet for help. We are doing our best to make PC-BSD as easy as possible for newcomers. Should you need help, there are plenty of ways to get in touch with the PC-BSD community.
Mailing lists are a handy way to discuss problems, solutions, and requested features as they create a searchable archive of discussions. The PC-BSD Project offers the following mailing lists to cover a wide variety of discussion topics:
- Announcements: a read-only, low frequency list used by the PC-BSD team to make announcements to the community.
- Commits: lists SVN commits as PC-BSD code is added or modified by developers.
- Dev: for discussion related to PC-BSD technical development.
- Docs: for communications between those involved, or interested in contributing to, the PC-BSD documentation effort.
- Install-frontend: for discussion related to the frontend to the pc-sysinstall utility.
- Installer: for discussions about the backend to the pc-sysinstall utility.
- PBI-bugs: for users to report and discuss bugs found in PBI applications.
- PBI-dev: for discussions between PBI developers and users concerning PBI construction and maintenance.
- PBIbuild: lists SVN commits as PBIs are added or modified by PBI developers.
- PCBSD-Malaysia: general discussion list for Malaysian users in their native language.
- PCBSD-warden: the place to discuss The Warden software for PC-BSD.
- Public: general public list for discussion not related to the other mailing lists.
- Support: if you have a problem, you should report your issue or error messages on this list.
- Testing: for those wishing to participate in PC-BSD beta testing and feedback.
- Trac-bugs: lists notifications about changes to PC-BSD bug reports in Trac database.
- Translations: for those involved in translating for PC-BSD.
Each mailing list includes a description of topics suitable for discussion on that list and indicates if it is read only or available for user discussion. Anyone can read the archives for a list. If you wish to send an email to a list, subscribe to it and confirm your subscription first.
Apart from these official mailing lists, there's also a number of non-official mailing lists set up by PC-BSD users. Many of these lists are designed for discussion in other languages. A list of alternative PC-BSD mailing lists can be found here.
FreeBSD Handbook and FAQ
PC-BSD has FreeBSD as it's underlying operating system, so everthing in the FreeBSD Handbook and FreeBSD FAQ applies to PC-BSD as well. Both are very comprehensive and cover nearly every task you can accomplish on a FreeBSD system. They are also an excellent resource for learning how things work "under the hood" of your PC-BSD system.
PC-BSD is part of the BSD family of operating systems based on Unix, and is specifically based on FreeBSD. Since PC-BSD has a fully functional FreeBSD system included, most adjustments that you do for FreeBSD also work for PC-BSD. As a result, the majority of FreeBSD material will be useful for you as an advanced user. Here is a non-exhaustive list of other resources on FreeBSD:
- FreeBSD Forums
- BSD Nexus
- BSD Foren (German)
- BSD Guru PC-BSD Forum (Polish)
- Usenet channel - comp.unix.bsd.freebsd.misc
- FreeBSD News
- BSD News Network
- About BSD
- BSD Guides
- O'Reilly's BSD Devcenter
- Slashdot BSD
- The FreeBSD Diary
- A Year in the Life of a BSD Guru
- BSD Guru (Polish)
- Ilmu BSD (Indonesian)
- Mfaridi.com (Farsi)
- BSD Youtube channel
- PC-BSD Youtube channel
- PC-BSD Videos
- BSD Talk
- The BSD Show
- BSD Magazine
- BSD Hacks (book)
- Definitive Guide to PC-BSD (book)
- PC-BSD Section at Polish Linux (in English)
- PC-BSD Section at Jaki Linux (Polish)
- Screaming Electron's tutorials
- FreeBSD How-Tos for the Lazy and Hopeless
- KDE Documentation