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Old 03-12-2005, 07:35 PM   #1
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FreeBSD works but it's terribly boring.


I was *finally* able to get FreeBSD to work. When I started x it went into a really boring twm desktop. It won't let me choose anything except Enlightenment which is only slightly better. It will not recognize Gnome or KDE even though I installed all the packages for it. Why is this? What I have now is so complex I can't even figure out how to change my wallpaper. I hate twm and Enlgihtenment is just ok. I am using 5.3 by the way, if 4.11 is any better looking please let me know. Overall my question is: How do I make FreeBSD look cool? I've seen many cool pics from Google Images and such but my desktop is just too boring and hard to use. Any helpful advice would be nice. Thanks.
 
Old 03-12-2005, 07:50 PM   #2
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Edit .xsession and/or .xinitrc and put this in there (remove whatever is there already)
---
exec startkde
---
Then startx or login through xdm again.

I use fluxbox myself but my sisters, mom, and step-mom all have KDE on their computers (did I mention I converted my whole family to BSD?) and every time it has worked right out of the install.

FreeBSD is a little different from most Linux distros. It gives you a base and expects you to build whatever you want on it. It doesn't make you need to tear down an existing setup before you can start on designing your perfect desktop -- which is one of many reasons I used it for building the computers my family member's use daily with no problems.
 
Old 03-12-2005, 07:57 PM   #3
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OK thanks.


I must take back on what I said about Enlightenment. For X it is the best. Afterstep was blech as was Twm and such. Well thanks again for the desktop help. Hopefully I'll be able to get KDE up and running.
 
Old 03-12-2005, 11:47 PM   #4
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Well that failed horribly. I tried to edit those files and now it will give me an error when I "startx" and "xdm" under root.
 
Old 03-13-2005, 12:25 AM   #5
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So whats the error ?

And just to clarify what frob23 said, create .xinitrc and add 1 thing to it:

exec startkde

"save and exit" as they say. Then typeing startx should bring you too the kde desktop.
All should work since the basic X does start up - and you did run xorgconfig too, right?

Glad to hear you got it installed and running thought! Your half way home now.
-tw
 
Old 03-13-2005, 01:49 AM   #6
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Just to make sure :

/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xinit/xinitrc

the xinitrc file is what you edit.Delete everything outta there and put:

exec startkde

That's all you should have in there for KDE.
For gnome;

gnome-session

That's the only line you need.Delete everything else in the xinitrc file.Works for me.
 
Old 03-13-2005, 01:57 AM   #7
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lol, yes... I have gotten into the bad habit of using --- as file start/end markers in my personal use and forget that some people might not intepret them as things to be left out of a file.

.xinitrc
Code:
exec startkde
How is that? Better?
 
Old 03-13-2005, 03:29 AM   #8
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The file you need to create is the .xinitrc in your own home directory and put the code posted above.
 
Old 03-13-2005, 09:07 AM   #9
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Unless you're using a DM, and then it's .xsession.

ln -s ~/.xinitrc ~/.xsession is the easiest way to solve that problem.
 
Old 03-13-2005, 10:54 AM   #10
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It's all described on the handbook. Always check the handbook, it'll be your best buddy

http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO...ok/x11-wm.html
 
Old 03-13-2005, 03:35 PM   #11
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I'm now writing from KDE.

Thanks guys - I couldn't have done it without you all.
 
Old 03-13-2005, 03:36 PM   #12
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I'm now writing from KDE.

Thanks guys - I couldn't have done it without you all.
 
  


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