Changing the Time Zone
Use the following program:
You may also do this from sysinstall
Creating an .xinitrc file
One method to open a window manager or desktop environment in X.org is to create an .xinitrc file.
You can either use your favorite text editor or the following quick method:
echo "exec wmaker" > ~/.xinitrc
echo "exec startkde" > ~/.xinitrc
echo "exec gnome-session" > ~/.xinitrc
echo "exec etoile_system" > ~/.xinitrc
Getting kdm to work with KDE and MidnightBSD
Replace the ttyv8 line in /etc/ttys with:
ttyv8 "/usr/local/bin/kdm -nodaemon" xterm on secure
kdm appears for a moment and then disappears, what is wrong?
kdm expects the computer to have a hostname. Sometimes, dhcp sets this up for you but often you need to do it yourself.
edit /etc/rc.conf Add a line hostname="mymachine". Mymachine can be anything that doesn't clash with an existing host on your network.
How do I setup password-less logins in KDE?
(from KDE on FreeBSD FAQ)
I checked the checkbox in the Login Manager Control, but KDM won't log me in? Passwordless logins are handled by a different PAM service definition, "kde-np". You can quickly create this definition by copying /etc/pam.d/kde to /etc/pam.d/kde-np and removing/commenting out the line
auth required pam_unix.so no_warn try_first_pass
No tab completion, history, nice prompt, etc?
This needs MidnightBSD 0.2-CURRENT as of 18th August, 2007.
$ exec /bin/mksh -l $ chsh -s /bin/mksh
If you do not have a ~/.mkshrc file (you should, as of later 0.2-CURRENT, unless you're root), copy it from the source:
$ cp /usr/src/contrib/mksh/dot.mkshrc ~/.mkshrc
More info: mksh Homepage
Where is the forum?
What ports systems does MidnightBSD use?
What is the latest version of MidnightBSD?
0.2.1-RELEASE is the most recent version released. 0.3 is under development.
What platforms does MidnightBSD support?
0.1.1 supports i386 and amd64 architectures. It is also possible to use sparc64 with a snapshot and update to 0.1.1-RELEASE or 0.2. We have not built an official release for sparc64 yet.
How far is MidnightBSD into the goals of a desktop os?
The project is still rather young. Advanced users could use MidnightBSD as a desktop now, but it is not ready for "regular" users just yet.