Jud judmarc at
Thu Mar 18 09:43:58 PST 2004

On Thu, 18 Mar 2004 09:21:52 -0500 (EST), "Jerry McAllister"
<jerrymc at> 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
> away. 
> 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:> to be
very helpful in outlining the steps to follow.


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