git: 943e0c02b0 - main - Status/2023Q3/desktop-convenience.adoc: Add report

From: Lorenzo Salvadore <>
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2023 14:41:06 UTC
The branch main has been updated by salvadore:


commit 943e0c02b0c450d18c294e8dbee32d79147c2a16
Author:     Jason Bacon <>
AuthorDate: 2023-09-12 13:53:09 +0000
Commit:     Lorenzo Salvadore <>
CommitDate: 2023-09-12 14:39:00 +0000

    Status/2023Q3/desktop-convenience.adoc: Add report
    Reviewed by:    grahamperrin, status (Pau Amma <>)
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+=== Filling gaps in the FreeBSD desktop experience
+Links: +
+link:[External media manager] URL: link:[] +
+link:[devd-based automounter] URL: link:[] +
+link:[SUID mount tool] URL: link:[] +
+link:[Popup notification for updates] URL: link:[]
+Contact: Jason Bacon <>
+The package:sysutils/desktop-installer[] port, available for over a decade now, quickly configures a bare FreeBSD system with any desktop environment or window manager.
+However, the FreeBSD base and ports collection has been missing some common features that end users have come to expect from a desktop OS.
+The desktop-installer battery monitor script has been enhanced to display popup notifications at various levels of charge/discharge.
+The new port, package:deskutils/qmediamanager[], in conjunction with package:sysutils/devd-mount[] and package:sysutils/npmount[], mounts inserted media upon notification from devd, and displays a popup window offering the user options to show filesystem information, open a file manager, reformat, copy a disk image to the device, or unmount.
+It provides a convenient and secure way to work with external media such as USB sticks.
+The package:sysutils/freebsd-update-notify[] port displays a popup when new base updates are available, or when a configurable time limit has elapsed.
+If the user chooses to proceed with updates, the entire system is updated (packages, ports, and base) with auto-update-system (part of package:sysutils/auto-admin[]).
+These new tools bring the FreeBSD desktop experience a step closer to the convenience of the most popular desktop operating systems.
+These tools are effectively prototypes, stable and reliable, but in need of review.
+Feedback from users regarding default behavior and configuration options would be appreciated.