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Tired of Linux bloatwares lately (systemd/Wayland/…) I'm trying my X230Tablet on FreeBSD 11.
I like the concept, the doc!! the packages or source method to install a tons of software :!: work in progress not yt done as the system is not as flexible as I could hope… I compiled Xorg with an unsupported driver, no way to have the compilation back to normal…

I use the default install using my full hard drive (zfs encrypted). Just boot on the CD, answer some questions, then continue reading for the rest:

Post install

first let's grab an updated version of ports: :!: do only once ! use the update command below afterwards

portsnap fetch

once done let's extract it:

portsnap extract

all in one:

portsnap fetch extract

fresh the ports

:!:Later, update the tree using:

portsnap fetch update


I use Vim :) so:

whereis vim
vim: /usr/ports/editors/vim

let's compile it + its dependencies:

cd /usr/ports/editors/vim
make install clean

go grab tea/coffee!


Let's go graphical!

whereis xorg
cd /usr/ports/x11/xorg
make install clean

Continue on drinking coffee/tea 8-) After some minutes, we have Xorg installed, now we need to configure it:

/usr/local/bin/Xorg -configure
cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Add your user to the video and wheel groups

pw groupmod wheel -M < your user>
pw groupmod video -M < your user>

Add those lines in /etc/rc.conf:



Some login manager, I like it simple :)

cd /usr/local/x11/xdm
make install clean

edit /etc/ttys

ttyv8   "/usr/local/bin/xdm -nodaemon"  xterm   on secure

check your ~/.xsession-errors files for problems if you cannot login I had to install xsm …


Let's have some more modern Window Manager

 cd /usr/ports/x11-wm/fluxbox
make install clean BATCH=yes

Add the following in you ~/.xinitrc:

exec startfluxbox


Let's install some virtual machine thus an hypervisor

 cd /usr/ports/emulators/virtualbox-ose
 make install clean BATCH=yes

edit /boot/loader.conf to add:


edit /etc/rc.conf :



pw groupmod vboxusers -m <username>

smooth restrictions:

chown root:vboxusers /dev/vboxnetctl
chmod 0660 /dev/vboxnetctl

FIXME compilation ends with errors … no pkg available( pkg_add does not work here…) So end of test and waste of time

Checklist for further tests:


os/freebsd/x230t.txt · Last modified: 2021/12/29 21:03 by warnaud