Once you have installed PC-BSD®, you will want to become familiar with your desktop environment. This section discusses the desktops which can be selected during the installation of PC-BSD® or installed afterwards using Package Manager.
These desktops are fully supported, meaning that all of the PC-BSD® utilities are integrated into the desktop environment:
By default, three PC-BSD® icons will appear on these desktops:
AppCafe®: graphical utility used to install, uninstall, and upgrade software. See the section on AppCafe® for more details.
PC-BSD® Control Panel: contains applications for administering the computer. See the section on Control Panel 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 if they do not appear as an icon on the desktop or in the desktop's application menu:
Even more desktops are available in the Advanced View of Package Manager, where you can browse the 160+ available desktops in the x11-wm category. Note that any desktops installed in Advanced View will not automatically be added to the login manager. However, any desktop installed using the Basic View of Package Manager will appear in the drop-down menu of login manager.
The rest of this section provides an overview of each of the desktops that can be installed with PC-BSD®.