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FreeBSD gui login and desktop

Discussion in 'General' started by xenablaise, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. xenablaise

    xenablaise New Member

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    I've downloaded FreeBSD 8.1, and found out after installing to my pci386 that during boot times there is no gui like grub or lilo of linux, it's just a selection of function keys, and upon a complete load, I've found out that there was no desktop gui displayed for login,

    But before I download FreeBSD I've seen desktop gui, what's the real score about FreeBSD gui? And why people talk about desktopbsd and pcbsd GUI? Why? Is there no GUI desktop after installing FreeBSD?

    That's why I am using both pcBSD and desktopBSD, because FreeBSD has no?

    thank you
     
  2. vdvluc

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  3. xenablaise

    xenablaise New Member

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    Oh, why FreeBSD doesn't add this feature? ALmost all of the new users for FreeBSD is looking for that. Installing X? What if FreebSD include that in the next version? That's real good.

    Thank you for the direct answer, hope to catch up another what I'm asking.
     
  4. graudeejs

    graudeejs Well-Known Member

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    If you need X by default, install http://www.pcbsd.org/
     
    xenablaise thanks for this.
  5. da1

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    Already added. You can install xorg at install time from the DVD (hint: ports) ;)
     
    xenablaise thanks for this.
  6. xenablaise

    xenablaise New Member

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    Wow, thanks 320, and for vdvluc also. What's really the use of FreeBSD operating system? For server? Like amp? Or what specific server really used for?

    Sorry that's the last of my ask
     
  7. xenablaise

    xenablaise New Member

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    but no automation upon installation?

    Ok, I understand. I'd like to close this post when my last asked is answered.

    thanks
     
  8. vdvluc

    vdvluc New Member

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    Yes, it is used a lot on servers. You can imagine X on a server is not really a "feature" ;-). It will probably just sit there, requiring (security)updates.
    What kind of servers? Any kind i guess. Can't really think of anything FreeBSD can't "serve".
     
    xenablaise thanks for this.
  9. xenablaise

    xenablaise New Member

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    Ok, I think that's an enough information for a bSD newbie like me, I grew up with Linux since 1998 when reDhat lives.

    Now what, how can accept thanks to all of you?
     
  10. DutchDaemon

    DutchDaemon Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    xenablaise thanks for this.
  11. Galactic_Dominator

    Galactic_Dominator New Member

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    You can roll your own installation script to handle such use cases, but the default FreeBSD install is really just the base OS kernel and userland. Linux distros may incorporate other packages into their base install, but that is not the FreeBSD method.

    FreeBSD is not a Linux clone, it doesn't try to be the same as some of the more popular Linux distros. What you are given is a highly reliable kernel and userland tools plus a ports/packages system that allow you to customize it to your preferences. It doesn't tell you have to use Gnome, or make it difficult to remove a GUI. You put on what you want. The handbook provides excellent examples of using FreeBSD effectively including overviews of the ports/packages and setting up X11 with or without a desktop environment.
     
    xenablaise thanks for this.
  12. irkkaaja

    irkkaaja New Member

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    Some platforms FreeBSD wishes to support do not use a GUI, including (as mentioned) webservers but also fileservers, seedboxes, routers, and embedded systems, and so a graphical login is not enabled by default.
     
    xenablaise thanks for this.
  13. xenablaise

    xenablaise New Member

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    thank you all is done.
    Good answers.