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Date:      Tue, 08 Dec 2009 15:30:07 +0100
From:      ocean <>
To:        Charles Howse <>
Cc:        'FreeBSD-Questions' <>
Subject:   Re: Gnome desktop for 5 y/o
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <004801ca780e$6cca8f50$465fadf0$@net>
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i think it could go fine on this computer, use gnome lite and also add 
the needed ports to have a fairly nice system (gnome-backgrounds 
etc...). compile from ports with some optimizations (-O2 
-fno-strict-aliasing and consider if -pipe could be used or not based on 
your ram memory). for firefox consider you'll have probably to use also 
linux compatibility layer with flash (don't know if it's on 6.4)

for parental control check this thread in ml:


Charles Howse wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a 6.4-STABLE machine running in command line only for my Apache
> webserver.
> I'm thinking of installing a Gnome desktop on it for my 5 y/o grandson and
> grown daughter to use so they won't be pestering me to use my pc.
> The 5 y/o won't need anything except Firefox, some disk-based games and
> Parental Controls.
> For the Parental Controls, I need to limit the websites he can visit, and
> the time of day he can use the computer.
> The daughter will only need Firefox and a decent word processor.
> The computer is a P3 600, 256mb ram, ATI 3D Rage IIc video, plenty of disk
> space.
> Will Gnome2 or gnome-lite be faster?
> What is available for Parental Controls?
> Should I forget it because it will be too slow based on the machine's
> hardware?
> --
> Later,
> Charles
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