This tutorial by usershows us how to get FreeBSD 10.2 set up with the MATE desktop environment.
FreeBSD/free Unix-like operating system is advanced computer operating system used for modern computer, desktop and embedded platform. FreeBSD available for all platform include PowerPC and ARM. It is advanced operating system for networking, security and storage, with these advantages make a FreeBSD the platform of choice for many big company, including Apache, Apple, Cisco, Citrix etc.
FreeBSD is derived from BSD, the version of UNIX developed by Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) and released under BSD License. You can install it for your server, and you can use it too for your primary computer desktop with many Desktop Environment such as Gnome, XFCE, KDE and Mate etc.
in this article will be taught step by step to install FreeBSD on a desktop computer, I use FreeBSD 64 bits with the following specifications :
- Memory 1 GB
- Disk 25 GB
and also continued with a guide to install a desktop environment “Mate” on FreeBSD, so you can use it for your daily activity.
Installing FreeBSD 10.2
1. Download FreeBSD from https://www.freebsd.org/where.html and make a bootable from it. You can use file “.iso” if you want to burn to the CD/DVD, and if you want to make a USB Bootable, you must download “.img” file. If you use ubuntu/other linux distribution, you can use “dd” command to make a FreeBSD usb bootable. I’m here use a USB for media installation, so you can make a bootable by this command :
dd bs=4M if=/file/img/FreeBSD.img of=/dev/sdX && sync
2. When a USB bootable been made, please setting your BIOS to make it boot from a USB flashdisk and then reboot your system, and after that you will see a FreeBSD menu, you can choose number “1″ or just press “Enter“.
3. Once boot complete, you will see a “Welcome to FreeBSD!” with many options. And select “Install” to install a FreeBSD.
4. Next step you will be displayed about keymap configuration, I’m use a default keymap, a “US” keybord map. Please choose “Select“.
5. Now type your hostname for your system, I’m here use “tadokoroBSD” as my hostname.
6. Choose the FreeBSD Components to install and select “OK“.
- doc : additional documentation for freebsd, install into “/usr/share/doc”.
- games : some BSD games, including rot13, fortune etc.
- lib32 : collection of libraries for running 32-bit application in 64-bit version of freeBSD.
- ports : collection of files which automates the downloading, compiling and installing third-party software packages. You can search in “/usr/ports”.
- src : Complete FreeBSD source code for the kernel and userland. it is required to build a driver, kernel modules or some ports app collection.
7. In this step you need to setup a disk partition for freebsd. you need to choose the option :
- Auto (UFS) : this is automatic create a “UFS” partition for freebsd.
- Manual : this option allow you to create and setting the partition by your self.
- Shell : this is allow a user to configure the partition from the shell using fdisk or gparted etc.
- Auto (ZFS) : this options will create encrypted root-on-ZFS system.
In this tutorial we choose “Manual” option.
8. After choose the “Manual” option, you must configure a partition scheme/partition table for the disk we have prepared – 26GB disk. Please select “Create” and then choose “GPT” as partition scheme because we use 64-bit architecture.
9. Now “GPT” partition scheme created, and then you must define the partition. You need to create 3 partition :
- freebsd-boot – 512 KB
- freebsd-swap – 2 GB
- freebsd-ufs – filesystem for freebsd with “/” root as mountpoint.
Select “Create” and define the partition, press “Tab” to move the option, and then select “OK” and press “Enter” to confirm.
Create Boot Partition
Create Swap Partition
Create root Partition
10. Now the partition was defined, and now select “Finish” and choose a “commit” to begin the installation.
Commit or save changes.
11. Wait the fetching, verifying and extracting distribution files.
12. Once all requested distribution files have been extracted, you need to configure/change “root” password for your freebsd. Just type the password you want and press “Enter” to confirm.
13. Now step to configure the “Network Interfaces“. Here I’ve one network adapter, if you have a multiple netwotk adapter, choose the adapter you want to use and select “OK“.
14. Then choose IPv4 for the interface and select “Yes“. And now we use a DHCP for obtaining the ip address for this interface and choose “Yes“.
Obtaining ipadress with DHCP
Select “No” for IPv6.
15. Now you can configure the DNS Resolver. for the first I use local dns and the google dns for second dns resolver and select “OK“.
16. In this step will be shown to you about “Time Configuration“. Please choose “No” here to select a specific timezone. I’m here choose “Asia” and select my country and my timezone and then select “OK“. Select “Yes” to confirm.
Choose Timezone “Asia”
17. Now you need to configure a service that start on the boot time, you can select the service by press “Escape” on your keybord and then select “OK” to confirm.
18. And now you will be ask to create new user account and please select “Yes” and type a username and password you want.
look this example :
Type “yes” and press “Enter” to confirm all user configuration. and then you will be ask about to “add Another User“, just type “no” for it.
19. Now installation is finised and please select “OK“.
And you will be ask about to add a new “Manual Configuration” and select “No“.
Now choose “Reboot” and remove the media installation, in this tutorial is USB.
After rebooting, just press “Enter” to boot the FreeBSD. and then login with username “root” and your password.
FreeBSD 10.2 installed
Installing MATE Desktop
The MATE Desktop Environment is the continuation of GNOME 2. It provides an classic and lightweight desktop environment using traditional display for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. And so we will install SLIM as our display manager, other alternative, LightDM, GDM or LXDM.
1. Before install a mate desktop, you need to configure your user that has been created – “megumi”. Login to the freebsd as root and install sudo and nano with “pkg” command :
pkg install sudo nano
and then allow a user “megumi” to execute “sudo” command by editing sudoers file with command :
and below the line “root“, add user “megumi” :
megumi ALL=(ALL) ALL
2. Now install Mate Desktop and the all needed by it.
pkg install xf86-video-fbdev mate-desktop mate xorg
Installation need more 1GB disk space, so make sure your system have more disk. And then add the services to the boot time by editing file “/etc/rc.conf” with nano editor :
Add the following script at the bottom line :
Save and exit.
3. Installing “SLIM Display Manager” with “pkg” command :
pkg install slim
and add SLIM to run on the startup/boot time with this line :
4. And the last you must configure a user “megumi” to login with MATE Desktop. Log out from the root shell and switch to megumi shell. Add new file “.xinitrc” to the home directory of user megumi :
add the line :
and Reboot your system.
After rebooting, you will be shown a SLIM Display manager, just type your username “megumi” and the password, and then you will log in to MATE Desktop.
SLIM Display Manager
FreeBSD is derivered from BSD, the version of UNIX developed by Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) and released under BSD License. It is advanced operating system for networking, security and storage. Using by BIG company such as Apache, Apple etc. FreeBSD Avilable for all platform, so you can install it for your server operating system, or you can use it as primary computer with many desktop environment such as MATE Desktop. It is easy to install and configure.