Newbie help!

RW list-freebsd-2004 at
Mon Apr 10 17:02:35 UTC 2006

On Sunday 09 April 2006 20:38, infernus - Bluelight wrote:

> I was thinking about setting up a FTP and Apache server +mail maybe..
> But now when I see this black screen and don't have a clue on what to
> do, or how to do enything..
> I feel the hope is dripping into the sink!

Several people have suggested installing x-windows, kde, gnome etc, but there 
is really not much advantage there if you are intending to use it as a 
server. FreeBSD has no significant GUI support for configuring its server 
software, so it wouldn't give you much more than the ability to run xterms 
(terminal windows).

I presume that you have another computer that you use as a desktop machine. 
I'd recommend that you install putty, or a similar ssh client, on  that 
machine and access your server using ssh. You will still be using the command 
line, but you will have the support of a familiar gui. 

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