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are the primary support channel for FreeBSD
users, with numerous mailing lists covering different
topic areas. When in doubt about what list to post a
question to, post to freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG.
You can search the mailing list
archives at www.freebsd.org.
Several non-English mailing lists are also available:
If you create other freebsd mailing lists,
let us know about them.
There are a few FreeBSD specific newsgroups, along with
numerous other newsgroups on topics of interest to FreeBSD
users, though the mailing lists remain the most reliable way to
get in touch with the FreeBSD developers. For miscellaneous
FreeBSD discussion, see
comp.unix.bsd.freebsd.misc. For important announcements,
Our WEB pages remain one of the best sources of information,
and are also mirrored at many sites around the world. Most countries
also now have subdomains set up under freebsd.org to make such
local resources easier to find - when in doubt, try connecting to
Germany or www.au.freebsd.org
for Australia). The same naming convention is also used for FTP
For information on recent FreeBSD progress and releases,
see the Newsflash page.
Problem Report Database
Current FreeBSD problem reports are tracked using the GNATS database.
Problem reports may also be submitted to the
development team using the
send-pr(1) command on a FreeBSD system or by sending an email
message to freebsd-bugs@FreeBSD.ORG.
Please note that
send-pr is preferred since messages sent to the mailing list are
not tracked as official problem reports!
CVS (the Concurrent Version System) is the tool we use for
keeping our sources under control. Every change (with
accompanying log message explaining its purpose) from
FreeBSD 2.0 to the present is stored here, and can be
easily viewed from here (click on the link). To obtain a
complete copy of the FreeBSD CVS repository, please use
either the cvsup or CTM tools or simply FTP it.
FreeBSD's widespread popularity has spawned a number of user
groups around the world. If you know of a FreeBSD user group
not listed here, let us know
- BAFUG (Bay Area FreeBSD User Group) (contact info?)
(BSD user group Hamburg) meets on the first
Wednesday of the month at 7.00pm in the Chinese restaurant
Lotosbluete, Loewenstrasse 22 in Hamburg
Eppendorf. Most members are FreeBSD users, although
users of all BSD flavors are welcome. Interested people
should send mail to email@example.com.
- The Brainstorm
users group meets in Wuerzburg, Germany and welcomes all users of
Unix, with some emphasis on helping new users of FreeBSD. They
meet every Monday at 8.00pm in the "Cafe Klug", Muenzstrasse,
for more information or follow the Brainstorm link.
- FUUNM (Free Unix Users of New Mexico) meets on the 2nd
Saturday of the month from 4:30-6:00pm at the Farris
Engineering Center, room 141, University of new Mexico.
This is not specifically a FreeBSD user group, but if you
are in the area, your presence is welcome. The group
operates a mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lundin for more information.
Wisconsin meets occasionally and has a mailing list: email@example.com. send
mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- RUUG (Reno Unix Users Group) meets monthly in Reno
Nevada and discusses the use of FreeBSD and Linux.
Contact Eric Blood
Crenshaw for more information.
- Washington DC (DC Metropolitan Area) FreeBSD User Group is now
forming. Please contact Richard Cramer, Sytex Access Ltd. at
703-425-2515, or preferred, email at email@example.com to be put on a
member distribution list. Initial meeting to be held in
General UNIX Information
The X Window System
- The XFree86
Project provides users of a variety of Intel based
Unix systems, including FreeBSD, with an excellent X
- The WINE project is working to provide the ability to
run MS-Windows software on Intel based Unix systems such
as FreeBSD, NetBSD and Linux. More information is
available from the WINE FAQ.
Symmetric MultiProcessing (SMP)
Related Operating System Projects
is another free 4.4BSD-Lite based operating system which
runs on several different architectures.
is another 4.4BSD derivative.
- Linux is
another free Unix-like system.
is a 4.4 BSD Lite based server and emulation library that
provides free unix functionality to a Mach based
- The GNU
HURD project is another effort to develop a free
Unix-like operating system.