Chapter 7. Desktop Applications

Table of Contents
7.1. Synopsis
7.2. Browsers
7.3. Productivity
7.4. Document Viewers
7.5. Finance

7.1. Synopsis

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 FreeBSD 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 using packages or the FreeBSD Ports Collection.


Users who prefer to install a pre-built desktop version of FreeBSD rather than configuring one from scratch should refer to the website.

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 ApplicationApplication NamePackage NamePorts Name
ProductivityThe GIMPgimpgraphics/gimp
ProductivityApache OpenOfficeopenofficeeditors/openoffice-4
Document ViewerAcrobat Reader®no package due to license restrictionprint/acroread9
Document Viewergvgvprint/gv
Document ViewerXpdfxpdfgraphics/xpdf
Document ViewerGQviewgqviewgraphics/gqview

Before reading this chapter, you should know how to:

For information on how to configure a multimedia environment, refer to Chapter 8, Multimedia.

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