FreeBSD 7.1 Content

Guido Falsi mad at
Wed Sep 3 22:58:32 UTC 2008

Dan Allen wrote:
> On 3 Sep 2008, at 3:11 PM, Steven Hartland wrote:
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dan Allen" <danallen46 at>
>>> I too spend the time.  I am thinking that for other people to want 
>>> to  use FreeBSD they want something other than a command prompt.  
>>> They at  least want a web browser out of the box.
>> For some, but for others like ourselves here we really don't want all
>> that bloat. One of the reasons we really like it is its perfect for
>> server installs, no crap installed that you don't want :)
> Agreed, but if you go back to earlier versions of FreeBSD they gave you 
> an install option for just binaries, or binaries + sources, or binaries 
> + sources + X Windows.

Last time I installed from CD (I have made some manual installs from 
livefs lately because this gives me more options for disk 
layouts(gjournal/gmirror for example) ) there was an option to install X 
and other ports. Never used it though.

> I am proposing something similar once again, but this time if would be 
> enough of X, a small window manager, and Firefox so a basic windowing 
> environment was able to be installed, from the CD, with a single 
> choice.  I doubt many developers are really browsing the web all day 
> with lynx.

The choice is there I think, It just requires you to swap CDs. It's of 
little use to newbies though, you still need to customize rc.conf and 
other bits.

Also, FreeBSD is still a little download compared to other systems. I 
would not like to download a multiGB distribution when what I need is 
just base system + sources, to build everything up from there.

Guido Falsi <mad at>

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