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Once you've installed PC-BSD, you'll want to become familiar with your desktop environment. This section discusses the following desktops which can be selected during the installation of PC-BSD or installed afterwards using System Manager.
These desktops are fully supported, meaning that all of the PC-BSD utilities are integrated into the desktop environment:
By default, four PC-BSD icons will appear on these desktops:
PC-BSD Website: provides a shortcut to pcbsd.org.
Ports Jail: used by advanced users to install FreeBSD ports or packages. See the section on Using Ports Jail for more details.
Software Manager: used to install, uninstall, and upgrade PBIs. See the section on Using Software Manager for more details.
The following desktops are called "unsupported" in the PC-BSD installer as they are meant for more advanced users who are comfortable working at the command line. The PC-BSD utilities will work in these environments, but the user may need to start some utilities manually from the command line as they may or may not appear on the desktop:
Advanced users can also install other desktops using the FreeBSD ports and packages collection. You can browse the 180+ available desktops in the x11-wm category at Freshports.