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The FreeBSD GNOME Project

What software does the GNOME Team maintain?

The GNOME Team maintains the GNOME, MATE, and Cinnamon desktop environments.

What is GNOME?


GNOME is a complete graphical desktop for X, including everything from a window manager to web browsers, audio players, office programs, graphical login programs and more. MATE is a continuation of the old GNOME 2 desktop environment. Cinnamon is originally a fork of GNOME 3's gnome-shell, but grew into its own desktop environment.

How to install these desktop environments?

There are some so called meta ports available for installing these desktop environments or parts of them. They are:

  • gnome3 (full GNOME desktop)
  • gnome3-lite (minimal GNOME desktop)
  • mate (full MATE desktop)
  • mate-lite (minimal MATE desktop)
  • cinnamon

The easiest way of installing is to run the following command and replace gnome3 with the desktop environment of choice:
# pkg install gnome3
Or if you prefer to build from source:
# cd /usr/ports/x11/gnome3
# make clean
# make install clean

State of the port:

GNOME, MATE, and Cinnamon for FreeBSD are currently fully supported on 10.2, 10.1, and 10-STABLE while support for 9.3, 9-STABLE, and 11.0-CURRENT is provided on a best effort basis.

GNOME is simple and easy to build using the FreeBSD ports system, but sometimes things simply go wrong. Please see our Bug reporting page for more info.


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