Setting up a workstation
See our Complete_Workstation write-up on how to get a desktop system up and running.
Note that the latest version of Firefox in ports is 1.0.7 -- the latest release -- but that the latest package is 1.0.3, which is out of date and has had a few vulnerabilities announced for it. You can install it via pkg_add -r and then compile it while you use the older version.
Since 05 Nov 2005 06:04:48 the Development Branch of Firefox is also included in the Ports Tree under /usr/ports/www/firefox-devel.
Thunderbird, Mozilla Mail, mutt, sylpheed, pine
Note that to get sound working under FreeBSD, you'll need to enable your sound card
CD burning and ripping
If you get any errors along the lines of "can't access /dev/acd0" from one of your CD reading/writing applications, your problem is probably the permissions on /dev/acd0 (or whatever your device is). A quick
chmod 644 /dev/acd0
will probably fix it.