While FreeBSD is popular as a server for its performance and stability, it is also suited for day-to-day use as a desktop. With over 24,000 applications available as packages or ports, it is easy to build a customized desktop that runs a wide variety of desktop applications. This chapter demonstrates how to install some popular desktop applications effortlessly using packages or the FreeBSD Ports Collection.
As FreeBSD features Linux® binary compatibility, many applications developed for Linux can be installed on a FreeBSD desktop. Many of the ports using Linux binary compatibility start with “linux-”. This chapter assumes that Linux binary compatibility has been enabled before any Linux applications are installed.
This chapter demonstrates how to install the following desktop applications:
|Type of Application||Application Name||Package Name||Ports Name|
|Document Viewer||Acrobat Reader®||no package due to license restriction||print/acroread9|
Before reading this chapter, you should know how to:
Install additional software using packages or ports.
Enable Linux binary compatibility.