From what I've heard, FreeBSD has no GUIs. Out of sheer curiosity, without even reading the handbook, I installed it onto a CD, then ran it. Only a terminal.

Naturally, I was confused. So I look around and see that it's not supposed to have GUIs. (How to get to the GUI)

Then I look at the handbook, and..

FreeBSD is designed to provide a robust and full-featured environment for applications. It supports a wide variety of web browsers, office suites, email readers, graphics programs, programming environments, network servers, and much more.

... What?

I'm very confused. What am I missing here?

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    What on earth makes you think FreeBSD has no GUIs? – Gilles May 5 '15 at 23:50
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    "without even reading the handbook" A word of advice when it comes to FreeBSD: ALWAYS RTFM. I've been flamed by them so many times because I didn't look in the right spot. – SailorCire May 6 '15 at 0:22

In order to get graphical user environment, you should first install x server. Here you can find some information: The X Window System

Then you can install GNOME, KDE, xfce, etc. See Desktop Environments

  • I figured that it'd be pre-configured for me in some way. Thanks for the help! – ALinuxUser May 5 '15 at 20:03
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    For pre-configured, see PC-BSD. – JdeBP May 5 '15 at 23:43
  • Update regarding PC-BSD… Name changed, now spilt into two separate projects, TrueOS is the non-GUI OS derived from FreeBSD, and Project Trident is the GUI environment that runs on top of TrueOS. Other GUI projects may also run on TrueOS or other BSDs, such as GhostBSD. – Basil Bourque Nov 24 '18 at 23:58

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