How do I get into GUI?
christopher.hollow at cgi.com
Fri Jan 23 08:23:15 PST 2004
FreBSD takes a minimalistic approach to installing applications in the
default install. By default, XWindows is not installed. Read the
handbook section on XWindows:
It describes XWindows installation, config and usage as well as working
with some window managers and desktops. You can also install X through
/stand/sysinstall -> Configure -> Packages.
In closing, on a personal note, I might suggest that you try a lighter
windows manager (Blackbox, WindowMaker) over a full-blown desktop
manager (KDE, Gnome) as they are much quicker. They require a little
more leg work up front as you will have to install your X apps on your
own. Again, this is sticking with the minimalistic approach of only
installing what you need.
Claude Martin wrote:
> Hi, my name is Claude, and I'm new to FreeBSD. I've installed it on a
> hard drive by itself, and I get it to boot. The install seemed to have
> completed without a glitch.
> My problem is that I expected the booting process to finish in the
> graphical user interface. Instead, it stops at a CLI prompt. Maybe I
> did something wrong. I tried re-configuring by booting off the CD, and
> I selected KDE as my user interface. But something in the
> configuration goes wrong, and it tells me to select a simpler
> interface. I've tried a couple of the others, with the same result.
> I did not modify anything in the kernel. Is that the problem? My
> computer has a Soho P4X400 Dragon Lite MB, an Intel Celeron 2.2 GHz
> processor, 256 MB of DDR400 memory, an Nvidia GeForce2 video card, and
> otherwise runs Win2000 and WinXP Pro flawlessly.
> I've read all sorts of help files, but am still pretty lost. Can you
> advise me as to how to proceed from here? Is there a forum I can post
> this to?
> Thank you very much!
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