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DistroWatch.com: GhostBSD

GhostBSD

Last Update: 2017-11-26 22:21 UTC


GhostBSD is a user-friendly desktop operating system based on FreeBSD. The project's goal is to create an easy-to-use and familiar workspace that can be used at home or office and for data rescue. GhostBSD supports a number of popular lightweight desktop environments, including MATE, Xfce, LXDE and Openbox. It also provides FreeBSD's package management system, Apache's OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice, LibreCAD, and Eclipse/Anjuta development environments for C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Jala and Python.

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Average visitor rating: 6.83/10 from 12 review(s).


GhostBSD Summary
Distribution GhostBSD
Home Page http://www.ghostbsd.org/
Mailing Lists http://sourceforge.net/p/ghostbsdproject/mailman/
User Forums http://forums.ghostbsd.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://wiki.ghostbsd.org/
Screenshots http://ghostbsd.org/gallery/DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://ghostbsd.org/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker http://sourceforge.net/p/ghostbsdproject/tickets/
Related Websites Wikipedia
Reviews 10.x: DistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-11-16: BSD Release: GhostBSD 11.1
 • 2017-11-06: Development Release: GhostBSD 11.1-RC1
 • 2017-08-31: Development Release: GhostBSD 11.1-BETA1
 • 2017-08-10: Development Release: GhostBSD 11.1-ALPHA1
 • 2017-02-11: Development Release: GhostBSD 11.0-ALPHA1
 • 2016-08-31: BSD Release: GhostBSD 10.3
 • 2016-08-10: Development Release: GhostBSD 10.3-RC1
 • 2016-06-21: Development Release: GhostBSD 10.3-BETA1
 • 2016-05-25: Development Release: GhostBSD 10.3-ALPHA2
 • 2016-04-30: Development Release: GhostBSD 10.3-ALPHA1
 • 2015-09-13: BSD Release: GhostBSD 10.1
 • 2015-07-13: Development Release: GhostBSD 10.1-BETA2
 • More GhostBSD releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-02-07 GhostBSD's NetworkMgr becomes a port
 • More GhostBSD headlines...

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Feature 11.1 10.3 10.1 4.0 3.5 3.1 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 Feature
Release Date 2017-11-16 2016-08-31 2015-08-15 2014-10-03 2013-11-07 2013-06-27 2012-01-22 2011-03-11 2010-07-29 2010-03-09 Release Date
End Of Life                     End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 2267-2397                   Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Installation
Default Desktop MATE, Xfce MATE, Xfce MATE, Xfce MATE LXDE, MATE, Openbox, Xfce GNOME, LXDE, Openbox GNOME, LXDE GNOME GNOME GNOME Default Desktop
Package Management PKG PKG PKG PKG TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice OO.o* GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice GOffice -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture amd64 i386, amd64 i386, amd64 i386, amd64 i386, amd64 i386, amd64 i386, amd64 i386 i386, amd64 i386, amd64 Processor Architecture
Init Software RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC Init Software
Journaled File Systems                     Journaled File Systems
Multilingual en, fr en en en en en en en en en Multilingual
Asian Language Support Yes -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 11.1 10.3 10.1 4.0 3.5 3.1 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 Full Package List
Package 11.1 10.3 10.1 4.0 3.5 3.1 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- 2.8.4 2.8.4 2.8.4 2.8.4 2.8.4 -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.0.29 1.0.28 1.0.26 1.0.26 1.0.23 -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.5)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.12) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.0 bash (4.4.12)
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.2)
chromium (63.0.3239.84) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (63.0.3239.84)
cups (2.2.6) 2.2.6 2.1.4 2.0.3 1.7.3 1.5.4 1.5.2 1.5.0 1.4.5 1.4.3 1.4.2 cups (2.2.6)
dhcp (4.3.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 1.43.7 1.42.13 1.42.12 -- -- 1.42.6 1.41.14 -- -- -- e2fsprogs (1.43.7)
firefox (57.0.2) 56.0.2 47.0.1 40.0 31.0 23.0 17.0.1 9.0.1 3.6.13 3.6.4 3.5.8 firefox (57.0.2)
freetype (2.8.1) 2.8 2.6.3 2.6.1 2.5.3 2.4.12 2.4.9 2.4.7 2.4.4 2.3.12 2.3.11 freetype (2.8.1)
gcc (7.2.0) 5.4.0 4.8.5 4.8.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- 2.8.6 -- -- -- 2.6.9 -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.26.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.2)
gnucash (2.6.18-1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.18-1)
gnumeric (1.12.37) -- -- -- -- -- 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.12 1.10.5 -- gnumeric (1.12.37)
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta 2.02beta -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.26) 2.24.31 2.24.29 2.24.28 2.24.22 2.24.19 2.24.6 2.24.6 2.22.1 2.20.1 2.18.7 gtk+ (3.22.26)
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.23 2.2.21 -- -- -- httpd (2.4.29)
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.08.3)
kmod (24) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.30.0 2.28.0 libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.3) 5.3.7 5.0.6 4.3.7 4.2.5 4.0* 3.5.7 3.4.4 -- -- -- libreoffice (5.4.3)
linux (4.14.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.14.6)
Package 11.1 10.3 10.1 4.0 3.5 3.1 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.11) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.11)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 1.12.1 1.10.1 1.6.1 1.6.0 -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.3.0) 17.2.4 11.2.2 10.4.6 9.1.7 8.0.5 7.6.1 7.4.4 7.4.4 7.4.4 7.4.4 mesa (17.3.0)
mysql (5.7.20) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.20)
nautilus (3.26.2) -- 3.18.5 -- -- 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.32.2 2.30.1 2.28.4 nautilus (3.26.2)
NVIDIA (387.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (387.22)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.5.0 -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u151) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u151)
openssh (7.6p1)   7.2p2 6.6.1p1 6.4p1 6.2p2 5.8p2 5.8p2 5.4p1 5.4p1 5.2p1 openssh (7.6p1)
openssl (1.1.0g)   1.0.1s 1.0.1l 1.0.1e 0.9.8y 0.9.8y 0.9.8q 0.9.8q 0.9.8n 0.9.8k openssl (1.1.0g)
perl (5.26.1) 5.24.2 5.20.3 5.20.2 5.16.3 5.14.4 5.14.2 5.12.4 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 perl (5.26.1)
php (7.2.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.2.0)
plasma-desktop (5.11.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.11.4)
postfix (3.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.4)
postgresql (10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (10.1)
Python (3.6.3) 2.7.14 2.7.12 2.7.10 2.7.8 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.7.2 2.6.6 2.6.5 2.6.4 Python (3.6.3)
qt (5.10.0) 5.7.1 5.5.1 5.4.1 -- 4.8.4 4.8.2 -- -- -- -- qt (5.10.0)
samba (4.7.3) 4.4.15 3.6.25 3.6.25 3.6.24 -- -- -- -- 3.4.8 3.4.5 samba (4.7.3)
systemd (236) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (236)
thunderbird (52.5.0) 52.4.0 45.2.0 38.1.0 31.0 17.0.8 -- 3.1.7 3.1.7 2.0.0.24 -- thunderbird (52.5.0)
vim (8.0) 8.0 7.4 7.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.8) -- -- -- -- 2.0.7 2.0.4 -- -- -- -- vlc (2.2.8)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.12.3 4.12.3 -- 4.10.2 -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.5) 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.14.7 1.12.4 1.7.7 1.7.7 1.7.7 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.6.5 xorg-server (1.19.5)

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Version: 11.1
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-12-06
Votes: 0


Are you kidding me? No network connections, my display is limited to VGA, Boot manager is "graphical" text a la 1990s.
Is this a BSD thing? Because another BSD based distro suffers the same maladies.
What a waste!


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 11.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-11-21
Votes: 24


I try GNU/Linux distributions since long time just for fun and everything seems to be boring in Linux desktop world. I already knew FreeBSD is an amazing OS, but never tried a desktop variant based on it util now. I was highly surprised how good the GhostBSD desktop is. Not only that everything worked for me, but the desktop is simply beautiful. The MATE theme, the fonts, the icons and the default selection of applications just play very well as a package. I mainly use macOS as a desktop at home and at work because I really value beauty, simplicity and practicality and I found GhostBSD to delivery the same on top of the solid FreeBSD base.
As a side note I don't understand why Linux community focus on desktops like Gnome3 and KDE Plasma and I am happy the MATE desktop exist. The MATE desktop design is practical, beautiful and logical.



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Version: 11.1
Rating: 5
Date: 2017-11-19
Votes: 2


The live environment worked fine. I had no trouble connecting to the internet. The default user doesn't log in, and I had to login as root to actually reach the desktop. The partitioner didn't use the 300GB empty space on a drive that I gave it, it instead took the 300GB and made it free space and then wiped out 200GB of NTFS partitions and set that area as "FREEBSD" space. This is a major error and should place this software back in a beta state. If you want to try this O/S, be sure to disconnect any drives that contain other operating systems and to make sure that you are willing to lose any data on the disk you're trying to install it on.


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