My how time flys… it has been about 10 months since I installed NetBSD on my Pine64 board. Then it went in a box for a while as pandemic crap hit.
Today I finally got my round tuit, and added XFCE as a desktop. It was easier than expected.
The formal directions have you do a load of stuff, including installing X. But much of it is already done.
I checked what was already there, and skipped down to step 5:
5) Update the pkgin database and install XFCE.
> pkgin update
> pkgin install xfce4
139 packages to install:
I think I had more packages than that, but whatever… in maybe an hour it was all done. Running “startxfce4” failed, so I rebooted, and then it worked.
I tried “pkgin libreoffice” and it is installing now. Later I’ll try a browser. If that works, I’ve got 95% of everything I need on a never SystemD platform.
So far, much easier than Gentoo or Slackware. We’ll see how complete things are over time.
So far, running xfce is the same user experience as Linux. The big issues are with different management methods and breadth of applications TBD.
As of now, I’m happy with it as a generic server base and desktop, but will need a browser and GIMP to round out the applications.