Looking for Desktop Environment / Window Manager Testers

One of the new features coming in 9.0 is the ability to select and run multiple window managers, meaning you no longer have to like KDE to like PC-BSD 🙂

We do realize that we’re opening up a can of worms in that we’ll be discovering lots of bugs in various window managers and/or their FreeBSD implementation. This can be seen as a great opportunity to get these bugs fixed, improving the desktop experience for both FreeBSD and PC-BSD users. In order to do so, we’ll need your help, especially if you have used your favourite window manager on a non-BSD system and have noticed usability differences in the BSD implementation.

To coordinate this effort, we’ve setup a Testing forum which contains sub-forums for KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE, Fluxbox, and General Testing for all other window managers. Please read the “README First” thread before posting a bug report to a forum and leave a comment if you have other helpful information that you think should be included in that README thread.

If you start a thread, you should use Thread Tools -> Subscribe to this Thread so that you will be notified of any responses to your post. Alternately, if you’re interested in keeping up with all the threads for a particular window manager, you can use Forum Tools -> Subscribe to this Forum. As you subscribe, you can choose to be notified immediately, daily, or weekly.

Our goal is to help find and fix as many bugs as possible before 9.0 is released some time next summer.

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Comments (12)

  • kmf
    September 17, 2010 at 7:58 am |

    I’ll help with GNOME

  • Eric De La Cruz Lugo
    September 17, 2010 at 9:06 am |

    Congratulations for this effort i have many friends and customers
    That will be very happy to see their favorite window manager
    Supported on pcbsd thank you for your initiative on this

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  • September 18, 2010 at 10:50 am |

    I do not review pre-stable distro releases for my site, but I’ll make it a point to review all beta and RC releases of 9.0.

    • September 18, 2010 at 10:56 am |

      Great! Please post links as you do so.

  • Pixi
    September 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm |

    I would like to help with Gnome testing. When will we be able to download the first test release of 9.0?

    • September 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm |

      Probably in a few weeks as we’re still fixing some bugs in 9.0 which are preventing the installer from working completely.

      However, feel free to start testing the current GNOME PBI on 8.1. Since the PBI is based on the FreeBSD port, any bugs and/or missing functionality found now will give us an idea of what needs to be fixed in the PBI and/or port.

  • Xavier A. Alvelo
    September 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm |

    I do have two deceptively simple and blatant Qs that needs to be asked:

    Are we striving to fully integrate these DEs with the FreeBSD resources/components, or for now reporting bugs in the DEs with linkers to the FreeBSD resources/components (and I know there are tons of bugs, so these are policy/philosophical Qs)?

    If yes, this will mean branching the development of PC-BSD. I do not mind that occurring, however it places a risk to question what really is PCBSD. Is it the development of the (ideal*) Desktop OS to FreeBSD for the new user? Or is it the OS in FreeBSD for you? (Or are we using this DE selection to explore what is the features necessary to make the (ideal*) Desktop OS, to perhaps make the perfect DE for FreeBSD)

    I also now these Qs are just touching the tip of the water the iceberg is in.

    I presume that what we are striving with this is DE implementation is to make the FreeBSD OS packaged –with a ready-to-be-built-by-the-press-of-few-buttons– for you.


  • john
    September 25, 2010 at 5:45 pm |

    I think this is a great idea. Altough I like KDE it’s resources demands sometimes makes me doubt when using an older machine. Currently I use Gnome on my PC-BSD 8.1 system but I installed it from a regular Free-BSD package because the pbi install has many issues. But I’m in for testing.

    • September 28, 2010 at 5:55 am |

      If you get a chance to try the GNOME PBI on a test system or virtual environment, please post the PBI’s issues so we can get them sorted.

  • September 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm |

    I’ll help with openbox.

    • September 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm |


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