Recommended desktop?

Ean Kingston ean at
Sun Feb 13 21:32:08 GMT 2005

On February 13, 2005 08:18 am, Len Zettel wrote:
> I am looking for a desktop environment to run
> with freebsd. I will be the sole user.
> Must-have:
> graphical ftp client
> spreadsheet package capable of handling .xls files
> word processor capable of handling .doc files
> ability to handle email
> web browser.

KDE has all that you want in the full install and is pretty easy to install.

I haven't tried it in a long time but I believe that Gnome would also satisfy 
your needs.

As another poster suggested, you may want to add OpenOffice to handle the .xls 
and .doc files. It is a bit better at handling them than KOffice (which comes 
with KDE).

You may also want to consider installing Firefox or the generic Mozilla 
browser. Konqueror (the browser supplied with KDE) is a little bit different 
than the Mozilla group and sometimes a website will not render well in 
Konqueror but does in Mozilla/Firefox (sometimes it is the other way around 

> Given the above, the winner will be the one whose
> ins and outs are the easiest to master  thoroughly - likely a
> tradeoff between simplicity of design and implementation
> and thoroughness of documentation.
> I have been in the computer biz since 1962 and have
> been paid to program in C, BASIC, and Forth, among
> others. I have been notorious for reading manuals.
> Suggestions?
>   -LenZ-
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Ean Kingston

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