On Sat, Jul 5, 2014 at 10:04 PM, Andrew Berg <aberg010 at my.hennepintech.edu>

> On 2014.07.05 16:23, Brian Wood wrote:
> > Then I ran startxfce4.  It brought up the desktop, but I can't
> > move the mouse and it doesn't seem to take anything from
> > the keyboard.   I read that Gnome wasn't very stable on
> > FreeBSD.
> Getting X up and running on vanilla FreeBSD can be a pain.
> There's a page in the handbook that outlines how to get it
> going, but it needs updating.
> There is stuff going on right now to use newer Xorg and
> KMS drivers for Intel and AMD integrated GPUs. It's
> default on the -STABLE and -CURRENT branches, but
> there's a package repo with stuff built for it that you can
> use on -RELEASE if you want to try it:
> http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-announce/2014-July/001570.html
> In any case, if you want a nice desktop system with all
> the ugliness worked out and where things will just work,
> I recommend PC-BSD. They've done a bunch of work
> to make a desktop environment just work. FWIW,
> OpenBSD might be worth looking at too since they
> have made desktop stuff more of a priority (and they
> have their own fork of X in the base system).
> GNOME 3 is full of linuxisms, so it's been a slow
> process for non-Linux systems. PC-BSD and OpenBSD
> have it working AFAIK.
> FreeBSD does a lot of things very well, but desktop
> bits have historically not been a huge priority.
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