How to install Gnome-3 and KDE4 on FreeBSD 11

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Gnome is one of the most popular desktop Linux environments. Gnome3 is the latest version of this software. In this article, let us look at how to install Gnome 3 on FreeBSD 11.1 and  11.2

Normally There is no Desktop environments installed  with FreeBSD . but still exist  in FreeBSD  repositories , we are talking about Gnome3.18 and KDE4

This  is a Live test  from my Virtual machine Freebsd  11.1

How to install Gnome-3 on FreeBSD 11 ?

First Update and Upgrade your system

Update

root@osradarFreeBSD:~ # pkg update
Updating FreeBSD repository catalogue...
Fetching meta.txz: 100% 944 B 0.9kB/s 00:01
Fetching packagesite.txz: 100% 6 MiB 916.1kB/s 00:07
Processing entries: 100%
FreeBSD repository update completed. 31157 packages processed.
All repositories are up to date.
root@osradarFreeBSD:~ #

Upgrade

root@osradarFreeBSD:~ # pkg upgrade
Updating FreeBSD repository catalogue...
FreeBSD repository is up to date.
All repositories are up to date.
Checking for upgrades (23 candidates): 100%
Processing candidates (23 candidates): 100%
The following 22 package(s) will be affected (of 0 checked):

Install  The needed  packages  for  GNOME3

root@osradarFreeBSD:~ # pkg install gnome-desktop gdm xorg gnome3
Updating FreeBSD repository catalogue...
FreeBSD repository is up to date.
All repositories are up to date.
The following 554 package(s) will be affected (of 0 checked):

New packages to be INSTALLED:

Add the following lines to /etc/rc.conf to enable mouse daemon, dbus daemon and hal daemon.

gnome_enable="YES"
moused_enable="YES"
dbus_enable="YES"
hald_enable="YES"
gdm_enable="YES"

Next, you will need to mount /proc. Add the following line to /etc/fstab using the “vi” command, this will mount /proc on startup:

proc /proc procfs rw 0 0

Reboot the machine.

Now the machine will boot into GDM login screen,

  

How to install  KDE on FreeBSD 11

Install KDE with the following command

pkg install x11/kde4 

Next, you will need to mount /proc. Add the following line to /etc/fstab using the “vi” command, this will mount /proc on startup:

proc /proc procfs rw 0 0

You will next need to configure KDE to automatically start as FreeBSD boots, this can be done by adding these 3 lines to /etc/rc.conf using the “vi” command. This ensures that KDE and all its dependencies are running on boot:

dbus_enable=”YES” hald_enable=”YES” kdm4_enable=”YES”

Reboot the server

Please enjoy and let us Know if you still need any help !!!

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