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Cant start FreeBSD Desktop

Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:18 am

Hey everyone,
I am new to FreeBSD and i know in Raspbian you type "startx" to start the desktop.
I thought you might have to do the same for this, but this is not the case.
Does anyone Know how im supposed to start the desktop?

This is the image i have


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Re: Cant start FreeBSD Desktop

Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:32 am ... 56&t=30148

I believe it is command line only and a desktop environment needs to be installed..

By the way there is also NetBSD here:

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Re: Cant start FreeBSD Desktop

Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:58 pm

You have to build it

cd /usr/ports/x11-servers/xorg-server && make install clean

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Re: Cant start FreeBSD Desktop

Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:45 pm

I know this is an old post but... before you can build it as suggested you have to establish an internet connection and get a list of ports

1. establish internet connection

2. on command line:
portsnap fetch

3. on commande line
portsnap extract

reference (

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Re: Cant start FreeBSD Desktop

Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:41 pm

There is an "unofficial" package repository at:

I've used this to install Xorg, and believe me it's faster than compiling it all on a Pi!

Hmm - just realized this is a serious necro-bump. Sorry.
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Re: Cant start FreeBSD Desktop

Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:54 pm

Which Desktop Manager is recommended for RPi?

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