Chapter 7 Desktop Applications

Table of Contents
7.1 Synopsis
7.2 Browsers
7.3 Productivity
7.4 Document Viewers
7.5 Finance
Contributed by Christophe Juniet.

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 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 effortlessly using packages or the FreeBSD Ports Collection.

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 Application Application Name Package Name Ports Name
Browser Firefox firefox www/firefox
Browser Opera opera www/opera
Browser Konqueror kde4-baseapps x11/kde4-baseapps
Browser Chromium chromium www/chromium
Productivity Calligra calligra editors/calligra
Productivity AbiWord abiword editors/abiword
Productivity The GIMP gimp graphics/gimp
Productivity Apache OpenOffice openoffice editors/openoffice-3
Productivity LibreOffice libreoffice editors/libreoffice
Document Viewer Acrobat Reader® no package due to license restriction print/acroread9
Document Viewer gv gv print/gv
Document Viewer Xpdf xpdf graphics/xpdf
Document Viewer GQview gqview graphics/gqview
Finance GnuCash gnucash finance/gnucash
Finance Gnumeric gnumeric math/gnumeric
Finance KMyMoney kmymoney-kde4 finance/kmymoney-kde4

Before reading this chapter, you should know how to:

For information on how to configure a multimedia environment, refer to . For information on how to set up and use electronic mail, refer to .