Can FreeBSD be made to be as polished a desktop as Linux Mint?

Chad Perrin perrin at
Mon Feb 21 01:37:34 UTC 2011

On Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 08:15:30PM -0500, Xn Nooby wrote:
> I was wondering if there were any technical reasons why a FreeBSD
> desktop could not be hand-tweaked to be as nice as a Linux Mint 10
> desktop.  I only rarely use Linux Mint 10, but it's desktop and
> webrowsing seem to be about perfect (albeit green).  The Gnome UI is
> very smooth to interact with, and website fonts in Firefox look better
> than on Windows.  When I install gnome2 and firefox via pkg_add,
> everything works, but it is not as glassy smooth as LM10.  I think the
> PC-BSD people are working on a Gnome-version, so I could wait and see
> what they put together. I was just curious if there was any technical
> reason why this could be done. I assume if they both use xorg, then it
> is possible.

What exactly do you mean by "glassy smooth"?  Are you talking about how
it looks?  If so, you probably just need to turn on compositing (which
requires an appropriate graphics card) and install a GTK theme suitable
to the kind of look you want.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]
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