How to Install Gnome in FreeBSD 8.2

By | 2011/07/24

So you’ve installed FreeBSD. Now what? Here is how to get a basic Gnome desktop going.


Install gnome2 and xorg as shown below. This can take some time to download and install all of the required packages.

# pkg_add -r gnome2

# pkg_add -r xorg
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Next, add proc to /etc/fstab:

# vi /etc/fstab


proc	/proc	procfs	rw	0	0

And finally, add the following to your /etc/rc.conf:

# vi /etc/rc.conf

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


Reboot. The system now boots up to GDM login screen!

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Cool!