Questions about current stable version of dragonflybsd regarding drivers and desktop environment

karu.pruun karu.pruun at
Fri May 27 04:24:47 PDT 2016

On Fri, May 27, 2016 at 1:11 PM, Bret Busby <bret.busby at> wrote:
> And, as the online documentation for DragonflyBSD, appears to show
> that dragonflyBSD can have only the xfce desktop installed and run, as
> a compatible desktop
> (, is
> dragonflyBSD able to install and run the MATE desktop?

Yes it is absolutely able to run MATE desktop:

$ sudo pkg install mate
$ echo "exec /usr/local/bin/mate-session" > ~/.xinitrc
$ startx

You may need dbus as well: as root:

# echo 'dbus_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf

Why don't you try if your intel card works with the latest snapshot of
DragonFly 4.5. See if xorg works and then try configure xorg for your
external screen. You may need to explicitly enable it in the config
file (/etc/X11/xorg.conf).




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