Got 4.8-REL installed... Now what?

Timothy Luoma freebsd at
Wed Sep 24 05:19:56 PDT 2003

On Wed, 24 Sep 2003 10:38:29 +0100, Matthew Seaman 
<m.seaman at> wrote:

> As a desktop user, you will need to install some sort of working
> environment, plus any specific applications that you need.
> By "working environment" I mean essentially an X window manager and
> any supporting infrastructure that it requires.  This can vary from
> the minimal (fluxbox, fvwm) to the gargantuan (kde, gnome).  See
> for the definitive guide to X window managers.
> Personally I like WindowMaker, a nice middleweight WM with a very
> NeXT-like look'n'feel.

As a former NeXT'er myself, that will probably be the one I start with.

> However, in order to install any of these software packages, the first
> thing you will need is an understanding of the ports system and an
> up-to-date ports tree.  Read the OnLamp articles by Dru Levign for the
> former:

thanks!  more bed-time reading.  (I brought _The Complete FreeBSD 
handbook_ with me on vacation several years ago, even without a computer 
with me.  Yeah, my wife thinks I'm strange too.)

> and a quick perusal of the sample supfiles in
> /usr/share/examples/cvsup will pay dividends.

Many thanks to you & the others who replied.


Running 4.8-RELEASE on a Dell Inspiron 7500 Laptop
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