🧰 BSD Resource List
Here you’ll find a list (which I’ll routinely edit and add to) of resources I’ve found useful for BSD.
Disclaimer: I almost always refer to 100% free resources but will very rarely refer to resources that are not free (which I’ll indicate). Occasionally, I may use affiliate links when linking to products and services which help support this site (I’ll also indicate these).
Feel free to make resource suggestions on any of my videos.
- FreeBSD.org’s “ Resources for Newbies ”. This includes download links and your main, most official go-to resource, the FreeBSD Handbook .
- Freshports . “Is such-and-such program available on FreeBSD?” - this is the main place to find out. Follow your favorite ports’ updates, submit your own ports, submit issues for broken ports.
- Official FreeBSD forum . Got a question or problem related to FreeBSD? Ask here first.
- FreeBSD users group on Facebook. Very helpful place to ask questions.
- FreeBSD subreddit . Active community and a great place to ask questions.
- Cooltrainer . A very good and concise guide for getting a Desktop up and running on FreeBSD (I think it was put together by a Facebook dev).
- OpenBSD.org . The main site is very simple but it includes essential links to downloads and other resources.
- Roman Zolotarev . After the official site, this guy should be your next stop for almost anything OpenBSD. Roman’s a proud minimalist with some outstanding shell script solutions, a static-web advocator and one of the most supportive guys I’ve spoken to when I needed help with something.
- Undeadly . A full index of the OpenBSD mailing list (OpenBSD misc) (best place to stay informed of OS updates, security issues and so on.
- OpenBSD subreddit . Like the FreeBSD sub, another active community and a great place to ask questions.
- OpenBSD and OpenBSD Newbies groups on Facebook. Active and helpful communities that welcome questions.
- Daemonforums . Badly needs to be updated but still a very active forum.
- h3artbl33d . An OpenBSD security/privacy extremist (a good thing!). He often puts out great content and observations.
BSD compatible hardware
- ThinkPad X1 Carbon ( NewEgg , Amazon ). I’ve run all BSD operating systems on my Generation 6 over the past couple of years and no exaggeration - it is the single best computer I’ve ever owned. I highly recommend getting your hands on one while you can.
- If you already have a laptop and need the best wifi card for it, then your best bet is this Atheros mPCIe .
- Alternatively, if you can’t swap out the mPCIe wifi card on your laptop, this $12 USB dongle works fine too.
- For a crisp webcam that works on BSD operating systems out of the box, I recommend this one .