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FreeBSD 5.3 X-Windows Config During Installation - FreeBSD

Good Morning, I am having problems installing FreeBSD 5.3. It appears that the installation options do not include: "Configure XFree86 Server" and "Configure XFree86 Desktop". I am aware that version 5.3 now uses "Xorg" vice "Xfree86" as the default X-Windows system. I am fluent in several varies of Unix (Solaris, HPUX, Red Hat, SCO), but am new to FreeBSD. When installing FreeBSD 5.0, I was given the 2 above options, and was able to set a Gnome Desktop. Numerous attempts to install FreeBSD 5.3, I was never given the above options, and although I was eventually able to get a ...

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    Default FreeBSD 5.3 X-Windows Config During Installation

    Good Morning,

    I am having problems installing FreeBSD 5.3. It appears that the installation options do not include: "Configure XFree86 Server" and "Configure XFree86 Desktop". I am aware that version 5.3 now uses "Xorg" vice "Xfree86" as the default X-Windows system.

    I am fluent in several varies of Unix (Solaris, HPUX, Red Hat, SCO), but am new to FreeBSD. When installing FreeBSD 5.0, I was given the 2 above options, and was able to set a Gnome Desktop.

    Numerous attempts to install FreeBSD 5.3, I was never given the above options, and although I was eventually able to get a brain-dead Gnome desktop to appear, I couldn't do anything with it.

    QUESTIONS:
    1) Why doesn't the FreeBSD 5.3 install give configuration options for the X-Windows server and desktop?

    2) If the answer to #1 is that the "Xorg" implementation doesn't contain these, then please help me find the "easiest" way to setup the Gnome desktop following a new fresh installation.

    My intent is to continue playing with FreeBSD, and explore "kick start" here at work.

    Thank you for your help,

    Have A Wonderful Day,

    Ivan

    Frank "Ivan" Woloschak
    AG Communication Systems
    623.581.4123 Beeper: 888.235.4081

    WOLOSCHAK, Guest

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    Default Re: FreeBSD 5.3 X-Windows Config During Installation

    On Apr 8, 2005 10:00 AM, WOLOSCHAK, FRANK, JR (FRANK)
    <com> wrote: 

    If you check out the handbook it states that the X installation has
    been removed from the instalation setup (which frankly is not a big
    issue for most users IMO due to the fact that few people would want to
    run X on a server platform which I recon would be a majority of the
    user base for FreeBSD). In any event they point to directions here:

    http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/x11.html

     
    this should be outlined in the above doc.


    good luck.

    -pete

    --
    ~~o0OO0o~~
    Pete Wright
    www.nycbug.org
    NYC's *BSD User Group
    pete Guest

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    Default Re: FreeBSD 5.3 X-Windows Config During Installation

    On Apr 8, 2005 12:00 PM, WOLOSCHAK, FRANK, JR (FRANK)
    <com> wrote: 
    That is correct Xorg is the new default X window system in 5.3
     
     

    This I don't know the answer to but I'm assumiing it's because Xorg is
    the new X window system 
    Easiest way to set up X is to type at the command prompt when logged in as root:
    xorgconfig

    That will start a wizard which will ask questions about your hardware.
    Be sure to have these answers before you start such as what type of
    video card...hsync and vert refresh of your monitor. Once the wizard
    is done it will write a config file to use with X

    Make sure gnome is installed through sysinstall or through the ports

    After the configuration is done go into your home directory and edit
    (or create if it does not exist) .xinitrc and type in for gnome
    (though I'm unsure so you might want to look this up). gnome-session. 


    --
    Regards
    CHris Guest

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