On Fri, Nov 24, 2006 at 03:41:11PM -0800, probsd org wrote:
> I'm a long time proponent of FreeBSD as a server. For a long time I've really 
> wanted a FreeBSD system as a desktop. So, I decided to install the FreeBSD 
> 6.2 and compile xorg, gnome, mozilla, etc... to give it a whirl.
>   For anyone reading this, who wants the same thing. 
>   DO NOT DO IT.  Nothing works. java is borked, mozilla and firefox are 
> borked, gnome is ify.... ugh.
>   Just dont do it.  As a server, I highly recommend it... but it isn't ready 
> for the desktop.

I have been using FreeBSD desktop since 5.1.  I have three 
desktops, two have recently been upgraded with 6.1.  I don't use java, 
so I can't tell you about that one.  In the past I have used mozilla, 
then migrated over to firefox.  I am currently using opera.  I have used 
both KDE and Gnome, but I like something more light-weight, so I 
use Fluxbox.  If you didn't like gnome, there others you could try. 
Just look in the /usr/ports/x11-wm/ directory.
Perhaps it is the 6.2 that is giving you so much trouble.
Why don't you give 6.1 a try.

FreeBSD 6.0-RELEASE i386
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