Installing Gnome (Or possibly other GUI)

David Stanford dthomas53 at
Wed Apr 19 23:52:27 UTC 2006

Although I personally feel the best way to begin learning FreeBSD (or really
any *nix) is to avoid GUI's altogether (at least at first), you may want to
give a look into PC-BSD: This comes with KDE
preinstalled and will give you a useable desktop system right off the bat,
and also provides Konsole so you can work on the command line.


On 4/19/06, Enigma <thaenigma03 at> wrote:
> I am having problems installing Gnome GUI, I have Xorg working, and I have
> read many install instructions to get the Gnome GUI up and running. My
> problem is this: I am installing onto a small partition (roughly 2.5 gig)
> with the add_pkg -r gnome2 command to download the packets. By about what
> seems 3/4 the way through, my hdd is full and theres no way this option is
> open to me. I have tried copying all the packages across from FreeBSD 6 cd 2
> across to my hdd but the 'make' command doesnt work, which im guessing is
> due to the fact there is no .tar.gz file to build from?
> My question is, how can I install this GUI, or will it be easier to
> install an alternative with less graphics and tag along programs?
> I'm essentially getting a GUI going due to the fact I'm new to Unix as a
> whole and would be good to assist learning of the OS and the shell. Due to
> this, something like a windows clone Gnome or KDE may be good, but I'm just
> as willing to have to learn to use a good GUI that isnt windows clone.
> Thankyou.
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