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 XDG-compliant window manager, meaning it should be available regardless of which desktop you installed on your PC-BSD system.
A screenshot of Control Panel can be seen in Figure 7.a:
Figure 7.a: PC-BSD Control Panel
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 user group in order to input 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 that get installed with an XDG-compliant desktop. Currently the system utilities from KDE3 and 4, GNOME2, XFCE3 and 4, and LXDE are supported. Figure 7.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 7.b: Desktop Selector Menu
NOTE: if you select another desktop or "All", you will see which additional utilites are available. However, if that desktop is not currently installed, clicking one of its icons won't open anything as the required application is not installed. If you find utilities from other desktops that look interesting, you can install that desktop using System Manager.
Installing Control Panel on PC-BSD 8.2
If you are using PC-BSD 8.x and would like to install the control panel, cd to your home directory, become the superuser, and run the following commands:
svn co svn://svn.pcbsd.org/pcbsd/current/src-qt4 cd src-qt4 qmake-qt4 *.pro make && make install cd .. svn co svn://svn.pcbsd.org/pcbsd/current/src-sh/de-info cd de-info make install
Note: The make && make install command will fail with an error if you chose to not install other languages during the initial PC-BSD installation. You can fix this with:
pkg_add -r qt4-linguist
and rerun the make && make install command.
This will install an entry into System -> PC-BSD Control Panel. Alternately, you can launch the control panel by running this command as a regular user: kdesu pc-controlpanel.
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: