judmarc at fastmail.fm
Thu Mar 18 09:43:58 PST 2004
On Thu, 18 Mar 2004 09:21:52 -0500 (EST), "Jerry McAllister"
<jerrymc at clunix.cl.msu.edu> said:
> > I am very new to this and I have installed the FreeBSD on my computer.
> > What is the command that you use to launch the GUI that is installed
> > with this?? (I think it was Xfree86 or Xwindows)
> > Thank you for helping me to learn about this technology.
> Probably you are looking for startx
> But, you must have installed an X manager and configured it properly.
> The default is a very basic one called xwm I think and I believe it
> gets installed by default when you install XFree86. But, it is very
> bare bones. I prefer AfterStep (along with OpenOffice) for most basic
> stuff like writing programs and reading Email and editing web pages
> because it is quite basic and doesn't get in your way much, but it is a
> little more serviceable than plain xwm. If I want more of a desktop I
> use KDE which I also install right at the beginning. You need to
> tinker startx or something to choose between the two if you want to
> switch between them. Then there is Gnome which is just overkill for
> my tastes.
> You probably will also need to edit /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xinit/xinitrc
> to get things to come up just the way you want. But, they have simple
> default configs that can get you started without editing that right
> So, as long as you installed XFree86 and at least one window manager,
> just type startx and see what happens and go from there.
I've found <URL:
http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/bsd/2000/06/21/FreeBSD_Basics.html> to be
very helpful in outlining the steps to follow.
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