Dru Lavigne’s popular column has been updated, improved, and compiled into a new book, The Best of FreeBSD Basics.
Dru wrote over 110 articles (over 250 web pages) documenting her (Free)BSD experiences starting in early 2000.
Being the meticulous sort, I had a journal of all of the attempts, error messages, and successes I had encountered since stumbling upon freebsd.org through an Internet search (from the book preface.)
It says ‘FreeBSD’ in the title, but I’d think everything that isn’t specifically related to FreeBSD ports applies to every BSD OS. The book is available at Amazon.com.