When you install new FreeBSD 7.2 can you include KDE or Gnome during install and start right into it, or you need to manuall configure things after installation and start X from terminal with command like startx (I remember this from version 4.4 of FreeBSD
There is a section in sysinstall (the FreeBSD installer) that allows you to select Packages to install off the CD(s). You can select KDE or GNOME or whatever DE/WM you want from there, and have it installed.
However, you will still need to manually configure X after booting into the OS the first time.
Personally, I prefer to just install the bare minimum OS using sysinstall, and boot into the OS. Then use the tools that come with the OS (pkg_add, ports tree) to install software.
I haven't configured X for ages.
it always seems to work straight off with modern hardware.
You don't need to startx.
I autostart X with /etc/ttys ttyv8 "/usr/local/bin/xdm -nodaemon" xterm on secure
then, you use ~/.xinitrc to start what you need.
personally I hate Gnome with a vengeance, and find Kde too big also.
I use sawfish window manager and Rox-filer and I can really get it done.
my CPU ain't burning up drawing poncey windows and transparent terminals.