Control Panel/9.2

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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.

NOTE: if an unsupported desktop does not contain an icon or menu item for Control Panel, simply type pc-controlpanel from a shell prompt to launch the Control Panel.

A screenshot of Control Panel can be seen in Figure 8.a:

Figure 8.a: PC-BSD Control Panel

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If an icon includes a yellow exclamation mark, you will need 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. If your account is not a member of this group, you will not see 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 load 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).

Figure 8.b: Desktop Selector Menu


NOTE: if you select another desktop or "All", you will see which additional utilities are available. However, if that desktop is not currently installed, no additional icons will be added to Control Panel. You can install additional desktops using System Manager.

Default Control Panel Icons

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
Personal tools