Using Gnome ...

Warren Block wblock at
Tue Jan 17 16:19:12 UTC 2012

On Wed, 18 Jan 2012, David Walker wrote:

> I did a pkg_add ...
> # pkg_add -r gnome2
> I tried to enable Gnome by editing /etc/rc.conf ...
> gdm_enable="YES"
> gnome_enable="YES"
> Note the difference there.
> If I reboot I get a message to the console that gdm is starting but it
> goes to a console login.
> Is there anything else I need to do?

At least some of the desktop environments don't actually depend on X, so 
it may not have even been installed.  'pkg_info -Ix xorg-server' should 
show xorg-server installed.  Otherwise, 'pkg_add -r xorg' is needed.

An alternative with less setup is PC-BSD (, a desktop 
version of FreeBSD.  The "Isotope" version offers KDE, GNOME, Xfce, and 

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