FreeBSD desktop installer
This script helps you set up a desktop system on top of FreeBSD 10/11. It will install PKG, X, a Desktop Environment of your choice, some optional Desktop software and set up a 'wheel/video' user.
- Install FreeBSD, but do not create any additional users
- Copy the installDesktop.sh script onto a USB flash drive and stick it into your freshly installed FreeBSD machine
- Log in as root, mount the stick and execute the script. This could look something link this (replace locations appropriately):
$ mount_msdosfs /dev/da0s1 /mnt $ /mnt/installDesktop.sh
- Follow the instructions on screen. If you made a mistake, use CTRL+C to abort, then simply run the script again.
You can launch the script with additional parmeters:
-x skips the Xorg installation
-u skips freebsd-update
GNOME seems to work (and look) best - recommended desktop
KDE untested, because KDE4 is so old now
CINNAMON produces only a black screen... help?
Code::Blocks install is currently borked in 11.1 (startup crash), so you probably need to manually install it from ports
No graphics driver installation, this has to be done manually.
2018-01-11: added -x -u parameters, fixes for KDE/VLC, new network check, Xorg installed by default, echo -y removed, added freebsd-update
2018-01-02: Initial release