I can get it up and running, and connected to the net, without using
ports. If you're looking for a desktop system, it will be kind of
and boring, but if you just want a server, then it will be sufficient.
The complete FreeBSD without ports comes with a shell, a compiler, a
text editor, a bare-bones GUI, a plethora of networking tools, etc.
To this mix, I would add (my own personal preference) kde2.1, cvsup,
ghostscript. If you plan to do development, then get kdevelop2 or
as an ide, autoconf, automake, and gmake. For word processing and
get Staroffice. For painting and image processing get gimp. For
audio get xmms. It's up to you.
And, especially if one is used to Linux, a bash, which is the almost the
first thing I do on any fresh BSD box - compile myself a bash from the
ports collection and make it my default shell. :)
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