any friendly folk willing to teach an old foggie how to configure kde/ gnome on freebsd?

Bas Smeelen b.smeelen at
Thu Mar 10 13:04:23 UTC 2011

On 03/10/2011 01:46 PM, Bas Smeelen wrote:
> On 03/10/2011 12:35 PM, Juan C. Valido wrote:
>> A GUI on a server is just a matter of preference, I go back to before
>> Dos 1.0 and when Windows came out, I fell in love. Now I've got to have
>> a GUI on everything, besides as you get older the command line becomes
>> harder (memory loss)...
On the other hand, you might want to try PC-BSD.
I think it is very well supported and up to date and comes with GUI parts
and the option to install as FreeBSD

> Do you plan to update FreeBSD and installed ports on your servers on a
> regular basis?
> Then I would not recommend installing graphical window ports (applications)
> on these servers, because it can give you a lot of time, work e.g.
> unnecessary hassle when upgrading/updating.
> Webmin is a  good GUI progam (from client perspective) for administering
> your servers, it just runs in your clients webbrowser and you can administer
> almost every aspect of your servers with it.
> Also you might want to take a look at:
>> On Thu, 2011-03-10 at 08:39 +0100, Bas Smeelen wrote:
>>> On 03/10/2011 04:33 AM, Juan C. Valido wrote:
>>>> I'm an old "foggie" also and a lifetime Windows guy and I did a lot of
>>>> research and a lot of trial and error until I found Dan's blog. God
>>>> Bless the Man! Without his blog I would not have this server up. And yes
>>>> it's running gnome.
>>>> On Thu, 2011-03-10 at 09:42 +0800, Foo JH wrote:
>>>>> Hi guys,
>>>>> I know the steps are documented on the Handbook and all. I've tried to 
>>>>> read, follow, and re-read the steps, but I'm not still getting any 
>>>>> popular window manager up and running on my FreeBSD servers. Meanwhile 
>>>>> new hires are seduced by the comes-with-it windows manager via Ubuntu 
>>>>> Desktop (yes, they abstained from the server edition because they really 
>>>>> wanted the GUI).
>>> Hi
>>> Why would you want a window manager on your servers?
>>> Do you all work directly on the consoles?
>>> Do you have window managers/desktop environments on the workstations and
>>> access your servers remotely?
>>> It's not very hard, I would say it's easier, to configure your servers and
>>> services from the commandline with ssh.
>>> Or if you really want something graphical then webmin would be fine also.
>>> This is what I tend to roll-out for other
>>> (graphical oriented) administrators and with some custom commands configured
>>> this works great for them.

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