Install MATE Desktop on FreeBSD

Here is how to install the MATE Desktop on top of FreeBSD.

1. Run the following command to perform the initial installation:

pkg install xf86-video-fbdev mate-desktop mate xorg

2. Add the following lines to /etc/rc.conf:
moused_enable="YES"
dbus_enable="YES"
hald_enable="YES"

3. Test the installation:
xinit mate-session

4. Install a display manager to manage the login

pkg install slim

or

pkg install gdm

4. Add the following line to /etc/rc.conf

slim_enable="YES"

or

gdm_enable="YES"

5. Add the following line to .xinitrc file in the user’s home directory

exec mate-session

6. Reboot the machine

Sources:
1. https://www.freebsdnews.com/2015/03/17/install-mate-desktop-freebsd-10-1/
2. https://fosskb.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/installing-mate-desktop-on-freebsd-10/
3. http://www.unixmen.com/install-mate-desktop-freebsd-10-1/

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