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Default Simple Desktop for OpenBSD 5.5

An Updated thread for OpenBSD 5.6 is here

This is an update of a prior post that walks new users through the setup of a Simple Desktop Environment. This desktop funtions in a basic BSD environment; no wrappers or other cludges for pulseaudio, udev, hal, systemd, compositing, etc..

To get this desktop installed you will need:

1) A base OpenBSD install with a working internet connection.
2) Knowledge of basic editing commands and familarity with file paths/permissions.

The PC-BSD developers have started a similiar project. If that completed project imports easily into OpenBSD this may be the last release.

The changelog is fairly small.
1) Sylpheed substituted for Claws-mail as the default email client.
2) PcManFm removed due to instability. Midnight Commander with the ovidui skin is now used as the default file manager. Midnight Commander has the added capability to easily open an ftp server in one of the panels.

To start, download the following attachment to your home directory in your new OpenBSD 5.5 install. Ideally, use two terminals in the default fvwm; one to view/copy the README and the second terminal to paste the commands.


Extract with

tar xvzf OpenBSD55_SimpleDE.tar.gz

Change into the OpenBSD55_SimpleDE directory and less the README

cd ~/OpenBSD55_SimpleDE


I have trialed this in a new 5.5 amd64 installation. I will gladly accept suggestions/pointers/corrections to the original post. If you find this to be of use and a time saver, please consider supporting the OpenBSD project.

Last edited by shep; 20th November 2014 at 01:12 PM. Reason: correct pkg list in TarBall
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