Desktop FreeBSD - is it up to it?

peter lageotakes plageotakes at
Sat Feb 7 00:56:43 PST 2004

--- vext01 <freebsd at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have been using freebsd for my web/database/music
> server for a while and it
> has performed flawlessly. good good! However
> recently I installed freebsd on
> my desktop too. I can do the things I want to, it
> just seems that i need to
> be root to do a lot of things. If I didnt have root,
> I would be screwed.
> One point I find annoying is that I cant workout how
> a normal user can
> unmount a fs. I have created ~/cdrom and put an
> fstab entry in for it. The
> device is /dev/acd0 (777 for now). vfs.usermount=1.
> I can mount the share,
> but not unmount it. For now I have chmod +s
> /sbin/umount. This is bad and i
> wouldnt appreciate a normal user unmounting my hard
> disks. What is the proper
> way?? My version is 5.2-release.
> Also is there any guides online that tell you how
> freebsd can be configured
> as a desktop machine?
> Thanks
> vext01
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I hope these help.

Simple FreeBSD installation yields functional desktop

Desktop FreeBSD Part 2: Initial Setup

Desktop FreeBSD Part 1: Installation

Instant workstation installs a typical set of ports
for a workstation.:

FreeBSD 5.2 Lacks Polishing In Some Areas but Rules in

A series of good articls.

As for mounting and unmounting a cdrom and etc., check

9.22. How do I let ordinary users mount floppies,
CDROMs and other removable media?

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