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FreeBSD as desktop

I was a Linux user for many years but I was drawn to the BSD philosophy of having a core system to which third-party packages can be added. I know that quite a number ot Linux users feel the same attraction, and some try out a BSD system, although I suspect that most go back to Linux fairly quickly. The BSD system most often chosen for such experiments is FreeBSD, and here I offer my experience of using this as an alternative to Linux. As I explain in other posts here, I found that OpenBSD better for the desktop than FreeBSD, but FreeBSD is certainly a possibility and here I offer my experience of using it.

What I want in a desktop
Perhaps I should have said "What I don't want in a desktop". I don't want Gnome, KDE. or any other desktop environment. I don't want complicated window managers either, with lots of widgets or decorations. My window manager is spectrwm; if I wasn't using that it would probably be dwm or ratpoison. If you are looking for more fancy stuff you probably won't use any BSD, although I'm sure that both FreeBSD and OpenBSD can provide it on request. My computing philosophy is KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid)

I find that FreeBSD gives me a lot of what I want but it does have some fairly important problems for the desktop user. For details of these and how I (mostly) solved them, please see FreeBSD: Full details.

More links to my other posts on BSD below.


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