GNUstep Software in FreeBSD

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Thu Sep 21 09:57:39 PDT 2006

On Sep 21, 2006, at 8:06 AM, Gürkan Sengün wrote:
> I've seen that there is to integrate  
> as complete desktop environment.
> [ ... ]
> There's already about 30-40 ports of GNUstep ports, and the number
> will increase at least by 20-30 more.

Typically, portmgr@ wants to see around fifty ports for a new top- 
level category to be created in the ports tree; it also helps if the  
relationship between the ports and/or their membership into this  
category is very obvious, which would seem to be the case for ports  
using GNUstep.

If you would like to see this happen, the next step would be to  
identify all of the ports which would go under this new category and  
see what others think about the notion.

> A meta package needs be created too. Is there a chance the FreeBSD
> project can provide an official subpage for this, namely
> ?

Sure, but this is a separate issue which probably should be discussed  
on the freebsd-doc@ mailing list.  If you have an existing page or  
tree of HTML content which could go there, you should make that  
available for people to consider & review; otherwise, you should  
probably start with the Doc Project Primer: 

The content under is mostly a ChangeLog  
of FreeBSD-specific GNOME stuff; I guess this is OK, but starting  
with a pointer to the main site at, plus a reference or  
excerpt from the Handbook about setting up and using GNOME, rather  
than just the ChangeLog-style stuff would be a lot more useful.

In other words, adding a section about GNUstep to the Handbook would  
probably be a more useful starting point then duplicating the  
ChangeLog/History of GNUstep, as that info is already available on  
the main sites of GNOME ("Latest News"), KDE ("Latest Announcements",  
or GNUstep ("GNUstep News For 2006") anyway.


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