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This is the wiki area for the collaborative editing of the upcoming edition (version 9.0) of the PC-BSD Users Handbook.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction

1.1 PC-BSD's Goals and Features
1.2 What's New in 9
1.3 PC-BSD Releases
1.4 PC-BSD for Linux Users

2. Pre-Installation Tasks

2.1 Migrating to PC-BSD
2.2 Minimum Hardware Requirements
2.3 Hardware Compatibility
2.4 Laptops
2.5 Partitioning the Hard Drive
2.6 Obtaining PC-BSD
2.7 Burning the Installation Media
2.8 PC-BSD Live Mode
2.9 Using VirtualBox

3. Installing PC-BSD

3.1 Starting the PC-BSD Installation
3.2 Language Selection Screen
3.3 Keyboard Selection Screen
3.4 System Selection Screen
3.5 Disk Selection Screen
3.6 Users Creation Screen
3.7 Desktop Selection Screen
3.8 Applications Selection Screen
3.9 Installation Summary Screen
3.10 Installation Progress Screen
3.11 Installation Finished Screen
3.12 Post Installation
3.13 Installation Troubleshooting

4. Advanced Installation Topics

4.1 Use PC-BSD Installer to Install FreeBSD
4.2 Install PC-BSD Over a Network
4.3 Using a Custom Partition Layout
4.4 Disk Encryption
4.5 Dual Booting
4.6 Upgrading PC-BSD
4.7 Creating an Automated Installation with pc-sysinstall

5. Desktops

5.1 GNOME2
5.2 KDE4
5.3 LXDE
5.4 XFCE4
5.5 Awesome
5.6 Fluxbox
5.7 FVWM
5.8 IceWM
5.9 Openbox
5.10 ScrotWM
5.11 Window Maker

6. Installing Applications and Keeping PC-BSD Updated

6.1 Using AppCafe™
6.2 PBI Manager
6.3 Update Manager

7. Control Panel

7.1 Ports Jail
7.2 Service Manager
7.3 System Manager
7.4 User Manager
7.5 Display
7.6 Printing
7.7 Network Configuration
7.8 Firewall Manager
7.9 Life Preserver
7.10 Warden™
7.11 Thin Client

8. Common Tasks

8.1 Java, Flash, and Fonts
8.2 Multimedia
8.3 MythTV
8.4 XBMC
8.5 Windows Emulation
8.6 Files and File Sharing
8.7 Remote Desktop
8.8 Media Streaming
8.9 Video Conferencing
8.10 Security

9. Finding Help

9.1 PC-BSD Forums
9.2 IRC Channel
9.3 Mailing Lists
9.4 FreeBSD Handbook and FAQ
9.5 Social Media
9.6 Search and Portals
9.7 Other Resources

10. Supporting PC-BSD

10.1 Become a Beta Tester
10.2 Become a Translator
10.3 Become a Developer
10.4 Report Bugs
10.5 Submit PBI Requests
10.6 Test PBIs
10.7 Create PBIs
10.8 Purchase PC-BSD Swag
10.9 Host a Mirror
10.10 Seed a Torrent
10.11 Become an Advocate

If you are looking for the current version of the Handbook that covers PC-BSD 8.2, a PDF version is included as an icon on the PC-BSD desktop. Additional formats including HTML, ODF (for OpenOffice and other software), EPUB (for e-readers), and PDF formats are all available as free downloads from the PC-BSD ftp server. For those who prefer to purchase a copy of the Handbook for their Kindle, "PC-BSD 8.2 Handbook (English Version)" is available from Amazon. Translations of the Handbook are added to the ftp server as they become available, its file name indicating the language with a 2-letter ISO code.

The Handbook grows into a useful resource when users (meaning you!) contribute to it. You don't have to write large sections of the Handbook in order to be a contributor. You also don't need to have a lot of time on your hands. You simply have to create a login account in order to assist with any of the following tasks:

  • proofread existing pages and fix any typos, grammos, or unclearly worded sections.
  • add to sections containing missing, outdated, or incomplete content.
  • update any screenshots that are out of date.
  • every page has a Discussion tab. You can use this if you would like to suggest further information that should appear in that section of the Handbook.
  • create a new section for content that is not yet covered in the Handbook. If you are not sure where to do this, ask on a semi-related Discussion tab.

We are emailed whenever edits are made and will contact you for clarification if an edit is unclear. You can also be notified when specified pages are edited--simply click the "my preferences" or "my watchlist" links whenever you are logged into the wiki.

Copyright 2011, The PC-BSD Project. PC-BSD and the PC-BSD logo are registered trademarks of iXsystems.
All other content within the PC-BSD Users Handbook is freely available for sharing under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.
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