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Getting Started - FreeBSD

How is FreeBSD different from Linux?

In this guide, we will briefly discuss some commonalities between FreeBSD and Linux before moving on to a more extended discussion on the important differences between them. Many of the points below can accurately be applied to the greater family of BSD-derived systems, but as a consequence of our focus, we will be referring mainly to FreeBSD as a representative of the family. Read More

How To Get Started with FreeBSD 10.1

FreeBSD is a secure, high performance operating system that is suitable for a variety of server roles. In this guide, we will cover some basic information about how to get started with a FreeBSD server including: logging in with SSH, customizing your tcsh shell prompt, and optionally changing the default shell to Bash. Read More

An Introduction to Basic FreeBSD Maintenance

When administering FreeBSD servers, it is important to understand the basic maintenance procedures that will help you keep your systems in good shape. In this guide, we will be covering the basic processes needed to keep your server up-to-date and functioning properly. We will be covering how to update the base operating system that the FreeBSD team maintains. We will also discuss how to update and maintain optional software installed through the ports or packages systems. Read More

Recommended Steps for New FreeBSD 10.1 Servers

When setting up a new FreeBSD server, there are a number of optional steps you can take to get your server into a more production-friendly state. In this guide, we will cover some of the most common examples. We will go over how to set up a simple, easy-to-configure firewall that denies most traffic. We will also make sure that your server's time zone accurately reflects its location. We will set up NTP polling in order to keep the server's time accurate and, finally, we will demonstrate how to add some extra swap space to your server. Read More

What is the FreeBSD Username

To log into your FreeBSD Droplet you must use the username freebsd@ instead of using root@.

Login to FreeBSD

To log into your FreeBSD Droplet you must use the username freebsd@ instead of using root@.