Why FreeBSD doesn't have a Gnome3 port?

Polytropon freebsd at edvax.de
Fri Dec 6 12:34:34 UTC 2013

On Fri, 6 Dec 2013 12:35:00 +0100, CeDeROM wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 12:20 PM, iijima yoshino <iijimayoshino at gmail.com> wrote:
> > agree? The users can decide their machines run like desktops or servers.
> > By default, most distributions have a default DE after installation or
> > on their live images. I think they should be regarded as
> > desktop-oriented. On the other hand, it's O.K. to call FreeBSD
> > server-oriented, right?
> I use FreeBSD on my desktops and servers with no problem for maaany
> years :-)

I'm also using FreeBSD exclusively (!) on my desktop since
version 4.0 without any problems. I could do what the "cool
kids" could do before them, and even after they weren't able
to do it anymore. If "FreeBSD is server-oriented", that would
not have been possible. :-)

I agree that FreeBSD is an _excellent_ operating system for
servers, but it's not "for servers only". However, there are
desktop environments and applications that can be a trouble
to use, which primarily is because they aren't being developed
for FreeBSD, and they are not portable enough to allow porting
them as a "simple act". Still many software have arrived in
FreeBSD from Linux, and even from Solaris, because their design
did allow this. If a developer makes a decision of relying on
a different design, something that is not available outside of
a specific scope (in recent Gnome's case: Linux), and if this
is the _intended_ move of the developers - it's _their_ choice.

> Get the Xfce4 or KDE and it will be fine :-)

PC-BSD is a good illustration for that concept: Preinstalled
and preconfigured desktop environment on top, FreeBSD at the
heart, still versatile and changeable.

There are many ways to create a FreeBSD desktop. Maybe it's 
valid to say "There is no Gnome 3 desktop on FreeBSD" in the
future, but that does not make FreeBSD more "server-oriented"
or less "desktop-oriented".

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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