Beginning with version 9.0, PC-BSD® provides a Control Panel which contains tools for managing your system. The Control Panel is available from any desktop, meaning it is available regardless of which desktop you log into. An open Control Panel window can be seen in Figure 8.a.
If using an unsupported desktop that does not contain an icon or menu item for Control Panel, simply type pc-controlpanel from a shell prompt as an alternate method to launch the Control Panel.
The search box in the upper right will help to find the proper icon to use if you know what you would like to configure but are uncertain which control panel it might be.
Any icon that includes a yellow exclamation mark, will prompt for the superuser password in order to access that configuration utility.
NOTE: your user account must be a member of the wheel group in order to use the superuser password, or view the configuration utilities that require superuser access in the Control Panel. By default, the first user account that you create is made a member of the wheel group. You can log in as that user and use User Manager to add other accounts to this group.
Control Panel includes a desktop selector menu which allows you to separately view the configuration utilities from KDE3 and 4, GNOME2, XFCE3 and 4, and LXDE. Figure 8.b shows the desktop selector menu. In this example, the user is currently logged into the LXDE desktop but they have chosen to view the GNOME utilities. You can tell that this is the case as the icon is the GNOME foot and the menu indicates that LXDE is "(current)".
When another desktop or "All" is selected, you will see which additional utilities are available, depending upon the currently installed desktops. However, if that desktop is not currently installed, no additional icons will be displayed by Control Panel. You can install additional desktops using System Manager.
This section demonstrates how to use the following utilities which are found in the Control Panel of a PC-BSD® system, regardless of the desktop that is installed:
- Software and updates
- System management