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Date:      Thu, 9 Jul 2009 11:02:53 -0500
From:      Adam Vande More <>
To:        Brent Bloxam <>
Cc:        Chris <>, FreeBSD-Questions Questions <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD for a high school class? (long)
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On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 10:52 AM, Brent Bloxam <> wrote:

> Chris wrote:
>  The course is HTML. Mouse button operations should be close,
>> a window that gives a simple file directory and a text editor that
>> doesn't require learning a character command set would be the
>> target.
> Hi Chris,
> Maybe look at using Xfce, which is a lightweight window manager based on
> GTK+ and is available in the ports tree and as a package (from the machine
> specs, I assume you'll be installing packages). The theme you use for it
> will impact performance as well, but the default should be fine.
> For text-editing you can try Mousepad (
> and Thunar (
> for file management
> I agree xfce is a good choice.  Another thing you may wish to consider is a
IDE to develop in.  As someone already mentioned, learning vi is invaluable,
but sometimes a gui editor is better suited to the task.  My newest favorite
is Netbeans.  It's compatible with a host of different programming and
markup languages including html.  This will give you a nice gui with syntax
highlighting and many other useful features.  Most could also be found on
vi/vim, but I suspect your students will have an easier time on Netbeans.
It wouldn't be snappy on the hardware you mentioned but should be useable.
Hopefully you have a better system to build packages on.

Adam Vande More

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