Rid of those Windows Desktops!

Michael Clark MClark at Nemschoff.com
Thu Oct 21 06:22:57 PDT 2004

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brian [mailto:Brian at bossbox.com]
> Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 8:07 AM
> To: 'FreeBSD Questions'
> Subject: Rid of those Windows Desktops!
> So
> I've been planning this for sometime and finally have the 
> time to do it.
> We have various machines in the home no real fruity hardware, 
> everything
> seems to supported by all current versions of FreeBSD 
> 4.9,4.10 5.2.1 etc
> I've used FreeBSD for a number of years but mostly in the 
> work place as
> Routers/Firewalls Webservers and file servers etc.
> I've never really put a lot of time into turning FreeBSD into 
> a solid work
> station which I'm sure it's more than able to be.
> For the most part all the workstations will be used for the usuall,
> web,email, irc and local development.
> Cutting the long story short for people who use FreeBSD as a desktop
> currently, what version is recommended at the moment for such a task.

Considering 5.3 is going to be stable soon, and the 4.x-5.x upgrade
is not recommended, I would install the 5.3 beta.  I have a good
desktop running on it at the moment and I didn't have to do any thing 
unusual to set it up.
> Most of the boxes have fairly good specs, 1.9GHZ plenty of 
> hdd space and
> lots of RAM.
> Can people recommend some nice window managers, email clients etc ?

I Have tried a lot of different gui programs and I seem to like these the
IceWM, Evolution(thunderbird works well too), Mozilla Firefox, XChat2 or

> Or point to some documentation on building a secure stable desktop
> enviroment.
> I am doing my own searches too, I just like to hear from 
> current users.
> Cheers
> Brian
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