New to FreeBSD

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Tue Mar 27 23:16:28 UTC 2007

> Hi guys,
> i managed to install it, and, in fact I'm working on it right now. It's
> great, just tell me, I should compile my kernel at this point? 

If you have csup-ed new stuff or if you need some other driver in
the kernel, then you need to build one.  But otherwise, don't do it
if the kernel you are running is working fine.

>    And a
> question: I don't like this xorg, and I have installed KDE but how do I run
> KDE?

Maybe you misunderstand Xorg.   It is the Xwindows system.  You need it.
But you want either/and a windows manager or/and a desktop manager.
So far you probably have only the simple windows manager that gets
installed along with Xorg (I think it is TWM) which is extremely minimal.

There are a number of windows managers such as AfterStep (which I have 
been using) or XZfce which some people are now seeming to like.  You
can install them from ports and then you have to configure them to
your liking.

KDE (and gnome) is a desktop manager which includes a window manager.
But, it still uses Xorg to do the windows as far as I know.
You should be able to enter the command 'startkde' to run it.  
You could also tinker around and get it to start automatically when
you log in, but there might be times you don't want it to and typing
startkde is pretty easy.

I find kde to be rather overkill for my purposes.  It is too much of
an attempt to replace [be like] MS-Win and I ain't interested in
anything being like that.  I just want things to run and do what I
tell them.    But many people like all the extra things that are
included in KDE, so check it out and decide for yourself.  Gnome
seems to be even more overkill so I've only tried to install and
run it once, several generations ago for those reasons.


> Thanks,
> Ivan
> On 3/27/07, Jerry McAllister <jerrymc at> wrote:
> >
> >On Mon, Mar 26, 2007 at 11:09:52PM +0200, Ivan Zenzerovi? wrote:
> >
> >> Hi to all.
> >>
> >> My name is Ivan and I'm new to FreeBSD and Unix, I worked a little in
> >> Linux, but it was a long time ago. I downloaded the 5.5 release and I
> >> plan installing it. I downloaded also all availible docs. I wondered
> >> if it is ok to start with this.
> >
> >
> >It is OK, but I would encourage you to download the latest RELEASE
> >to start with and that currently is FreeBSD 6.2.   It is better than 5.5.
> >
> >But, you can get 5.5 to work if that is what you wish.
> >
> >>      And, also, I have an integrated GPU,
> >> it works well on FreeBSD?
> >
> >Do you mean one that is built in to the motherboard?
> >There is a list of supported hardware in each RELEASE section
> >on the FreeBSD web site.   That is the place to look first.
> >Some NICs and other controllers that are int4egrated on the
> >motherboard do not work well, but I don't know which ones.
> >You might have to get more specific with the chip identification and such.
> >
> >////jerry
> >
> >> Thanks,
> >> Ivan
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