Plans for after FreeBSD-5.3-RELEASE.

Benjamin Lutz benlutz at
Thu Sep 23 08:51:21 PDT 2004


> Our ask is about comments, notes and approvals to:
>  - patchs against src for /etc/rc.d/xdm and so.

I would really like this. rcNG has greaty simplyfied many things, and the
/etc/ttys way of starting display managers is unintuitive.

> - patchs against xorg-clients (and sim) to move xinit/xdm config to
>   /etc/X11

Hm... I really like FreeBSD's way of keeping / as clean as possible, only
adding 3rd party files to /usr/X11R6 an /usr/local. What about
/usr/X11R6/etc? Btw, this is one area where I think it's a bad idea to
emulate Linux, most Linux's /etc dirs are a mess.

> - patchs to get an uniform processing of Xresources, Xprofile, ...

Sounds good, but what exactly are you planning to change?

> - patchs against gnome (mainly gdm) to share as much config as posible
>   with X11
> - patchs against kde (mainly kdm in kdebase) with same purpose.

Isn't this what freedesktop is doing anyway? If you can get Gnome and KDE
to accept your patches, that's great. If it means maintaining (yet
another) FreeBSD-specific set of Gnome and KDE patches, I don't think
that's a good idea.

As for making KDE and Gnome into more of a "FreeBSD Desktop" (you've
mentioned themes), I think it's a great idea. However, I'm sure I'm not
the only one who likes the fact that FreeBSD provides the "vanilla
version" of those two Desktop Environments, as opposed, for example, to
the heavily modified KDE that SuSE ships. So may I suggest that you make
your efforts here optional? Something like this maybe:

cd /usr/ports/x11/kde; make install  # Installs "FreeBSD Desktop"

cd /usr/ports/x11/kde; make install -DWITH_VANILLA # Installs Vanilla KDE

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