FreeBSD is a great operating system. It's fast, reliable, and you have superb control over all its features. Here are some resources that may help you as a fellow user.

Texts (HOWTOs and blog posts)

I have written some HOWTOs:

There are also some FreeBSD-specific posts from my blog (the list is generated automatically; most recent posts are displayed on top):

Send me any feedback you've got.

Projects

Some projects that involved FreeBSD:

My personal setup

Apart from my home workstation, I also run FreeBSD on my laptop, an IBM ThinkPad R50e. There are no significant problems with FreeBSD 7.2.

Of DEs and WMs

Despite my best efforts, I still won't consider using a fully-fledged desktop environment such as KDE or GNOME because they are too complex for me. Not complex in terms of bloat (quite the contrary: It is called a desktop environment after all, so what do people expect?), but complex in terms of "I don't need this feature and this program" or "I don't know where the configuration files for this thingy are located".

In short:

  • I want to know where the configuration files are.
  • I want full control over my desktop environment. It is called personal computer for a reason.

So, as long as there is no great alternative, I am going with the Fluxbox window manager.

Software

You should try some of the following applications:

  • Conky
  • dmenu
  • exfalso & quodlibet
  • Fluxbox
  • mc