On Sun, Apr 04, 2004 at 02:38:36PM -0700, Steven Soria wrote: > I installed FreeBSD and everything but now this thing called Xterm comes up. What do > i do in this wndow?
xterm(1) is the standard terminal emulator provided by X Windows. It gives you access to the Unix shell prompt. Sounds like you've managed to bring up the default xinit(1) setup which gives you just a bare xterm(1) -- which means you're starting X windows by using startx each time you log in, rather than running xdm(1) and using the graphical login. Try running some X Windows programs. xeyes(1) is vaguely amusing the first time you run it: % xeyes & and it will probably help you to run a windowmanager: % twm & (twm is not everybodies' idea of the greatest windowmanager ever, but it does the job, and it is useful in this situation as it comes by default with the basic X Windows installation.) Once you get bored, just type 'exit' in the original xterm window, and X will close down putting you back at the console prompt. Probably what you want to do after that is configure yourself a nicely customised ~/.xinitrc file: the first step should be to install and run some sort of decent window manager -- there's several in the x11-wm category in the ports. I like windowmaker myself. Or you can go the whole hog and install the Gnome desktop or the KDE desktop -- either of which will require you to download quite a lot of stuff, and spend hours watching it compile if that's the way you choose to do things. Cheers, Matthew -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks Savill Way PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Marlow Tel: +44 1628 476614 Bucks., SL7 1TH UK
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