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Date:      Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:20:40 -0700
From:      "Dale Scott" <dalescott@shaw.ca>
To:        "'David Walker'" <davidianwalker@gmail.com>, <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   RE: Using Gnome ...
Message-ID:  <007c01ccd533$f49a8f00$ddcfad00$@shaw.ca>
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If you're doing a new install and you're primarily after a desktop
experience, go with PC-BSD 9.0 (http://www.pcbsd.org). All the basics are
looked after for you, including graphics config, auto-mounting USB drives,
wireless ... It has a graphical package installer for PC-BSD "PBI" packages,
but it's standard FreeBSD-9.0 and ports under the hood. Perfect on a desktop
(could still use some polish for laptop suspend/resume).

Dale


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions@freebsd.org [mailto:owner-freebsd-
> questions@freebsd.org] On Behalf Of David Walker
> Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 8:17 AM
> To: freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
> Subject: Using Gnome ...
> 
> A colleague and I were talking about operating systems and I said, hey
lets
> install FreeBSD and see what Gnome looks like.
> I did an install at work but ran out of time so I brought another machine
> home but I'm having trouble.
> 
> I burnt an ISO of 9.0 and installed it.
> 
> I did a pkg_add ...
> # pkg_add -r gnome2
> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/x11-
> wm.html
> http://www.freebsd.org/gnome/docs/faq2.html#q1
> 
> I tried to enable Gnome by editing /etc/rc.conf ...
> gdm_enable="YES"
> gnome_enable="YES"
> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/x11-
> wm.html
> http://www.freebsd.org/gnome/docs/faq2.html#full-gnome
> 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?
> 
> Best wishes.
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