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Installing KDE-4 desktop on FreeBSD 11

KDE desktop is around for quite some time, as desktop environment for many open source operation systems. KDE-4 is the latest version of KDE In this article, lets look at how to install KDE4 on FreeBSD 11.

FreeBSD 11 can be downloaded from this link. Install FreeBSD according to your requirements, and once the installation is complete, use the following steps to install KDE desktop evironment.

For more details and documentation of KDE desktop you can have a look here.

Update the package list

pkg update

Upgrade the packages, in case there are updates available

pkg upgrade

Install the packages required.

pkg install kde xorg xf86-video-fbdev 

Add the following lines to /etc/rc.conf to enable mouse daemon, dbus daemon and hal daemon.

moused_enable="YES"
dbus_enable="YES"
hald_enable="YES"
kdm4_enable="YES"

Create a new user for testing the setup

adduser test

Reboot the machine. Now the machine will boot into KDM login where you can login to KDE desktop environment. You will get a screen similar to the image below.

KDM.png

Once you login, this is how your screen will look like:KDE4.png

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2 thoughts on “Installing KDE-4 desktop on FreeBSD 11

  1. FreeBSD-11.0-CURRENT-amd64-20160217-r295683-disc1
    # pkg install kde4
    Updating FreeBSD repository catalogue…
    FreeBSD repository is up-to-date.
    All repositories are up-to-date.
    Updating database digests format: 100%
    pkg: No packages available to install matching ‘kde4’ have been found in the repositories

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