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PC-BSD Users Handbook

written by users of the PC-BSD operating system.

Version 9.1

Published XXX, 2012

Copyright © 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, The PC-BSD Project.

Welcome to PC-BSD! This Handbook covers the installation and use of PC-BSD 9.1. This Handbook is a work in progress and relies on the contributions of many individuals. If you are interested in assisting with the Handbook, visit the PC-BSD wiki and create a login account for yourself. If you use IRC Freenode, you are welcome to join the #pcbsd channel where you will find other PC-BSD users.

Previous versions of the Handbook in various formats and languages are available from

The PC-BSD Users Handbook is freely available for sharing and redistribution under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. This means that you have permission to copy, distribute, translate, and adapt the work as long as you attribute the PC-BSD Project as the original source of the Handbook.

PC-BSD® and the PC-BSD logo are trademarks of iXsystems. If you wish to use the PC-BSD logo in your own works, ask for permission first from marketing at ixsystems dot com.

Warden® is a registered trademark of iXsystems.

AppCafe™ is a trademark of iXsystems.

FreeNAS™ is a trademark of iXsystems.

FreeBSD® is a registered trademark of the FreeBSD Foundation.

Linux® is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group.

Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Mac and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

VirtualBox is a registered trademark of Oracle.

Intel, the Intel logo, Pentium Inside, and Pentium are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

NVIDIA® is a trademark and/or registered trademark of NVIDIA Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.

AMD is a trademark of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Asus® and Eee PC® are registered trademarks of ASUSTeK® Computer Inc.

IBM® is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.

Lenovo® is a registered trademark of Lenovo.

Typographic Conventions

The PC-BSD 9.1 Handbook uses the following typographic conventions:

bold text: represents a command written at the command line. In usage examples, the font is changed to Courier 10 with any command output displayed in unbolded text.

italic text: used to represent device names or file name paths.

bold italic text: used to emphasize an important point.

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