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MidnightBSD


Last Update: 2024-02-02 02:44 UTC


MidnightBSD is a FreeBSD-derived operating system. A critical goal of the project is to create an easy-to-use desktop environment with graphical ports management, and system configuration using GNUstep. The vast majority of the operating system will maintain a BSD license. MidnightBSD was forked from FreeBSD 6.1 beta.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 150 (54), 6 months: 169 (47), 3 months: 177 (39), 4 weeks: 165 (36), 1 week: 186 (31)

Average visitor rating: 1.6/10 from 5 review(s).


MidnightBSD Summary
Distribution MidnightBSD
Home Page https://www.midnightbsd.org/
Mailing Lists https://www.midnightbsd.org/mailman/listinfo
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://www.midnightbsd.org/documentation/
Screenshots https://www.midnightbsd.org/screenshots/
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://www.midnightbsd.org/download/DistroWatch Torrent Archive
Bug Tracker https://bugreport.midnightbsd.org/
Related Websites MidnightBSD Developer JournalWikipedia
Reviews 0.6: DistroWatch
Where To Donate, Buy, or Try

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2023-03-31: BSD Release: MidnightBSD 3.0.0
 • 2022-06-11: BSD Release: MidnightBSD 2.2.0
 • 2021-09-23: BSD Release: MidnightBSD 2.1.0
 • 2020-11-15: BSD Release: MidnightBSD 2.0
 • 2019-11-01: BSD Release: MidnightBSD 1.2
 • 2019-02-04: BSD Release: MidnightBSD 1.1
 • 2018-10-12: BSD Release: MidnightBSD 1.0
 • 2016-08-15: BSD Release: MidnightBSD 0.8
 • 2015-09-20: BSD Release: MidnightBSD 0.7
 • 2015-04-28: BSD Release: MidnightBSD 0.6
 • 2014-09-26: BSD Release: MidnightBSD 0.5
 • 2013-07-06: BSD Release: MidnightBSD 0.4
 • More MidnightBSD releases...

  Headlines:
 • 2018-03-01 Interview with MidnightBSD's founder
 • More MidnightBSD headlines...

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Package 3.0.0 2.2.0 2.1.1 2.0 1.2 1.1 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2.1 0.1.1 Package
abiword (3.0.5) 3.0.5 3.0.5 3.0.4 3.0.1 -- 3.0.1 -- 3.0.1 -- -- 2.8.4 2.8.4 2.6.8 2.6.3 abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.12) 1.2.2 1.2.2 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.0.29 1.0.29 1.0.28 -- 1.0.23 1.0.23 1.0.23 -- alsa-lib (1.2.12)
amdgpu (23.0.0) 19.1.0 19.1.0 19.1.0 19.1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.21) 5.2.15 5.1.16 5.1 5.0 5.0 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 -- 4.2 4.2 4.1 3.2 bash (5.2.21)
bind (9.18.27) 9.18.13 9.18.3 9.16.20 9.16.7 9.12.4-P1 9.12.2 9.10.3-P4 9.10.2-P3 9.9.6-P2 9.9.5 9.8.5-P1 9.8.5-P1 9.6.1-P2 9.4.2-P1 bind (9.18.27)
chromium (126.0.6478.126) 84.0.4147.135 -- -- 84.0.4147.135 -- -- -- 36.0.1985.143 -- -- 23.0.1271.97 23.0.1271.97 5.0.375.127 -- chromium (126.0.6478.126)
cups (2.4.10) 2.4.2 2.3.3 2.3.3 2.3.3 2.2.8 2.2.8 2.1.3 2.0.3 1.5.4 1.5.4 1.5.0 1.5.0 1.3.11 1.3.7 cups (2.4.10)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3-P1 4.4.2-P1 4.4.2 4.4.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.0 1.45.5 1.45.5 1.45.5 1.42.10 1.42.10 1.42.10 1.42.10 1.42.10 1.42.8 1.42.8 1.42.8 1.41.12 1.40.11 e2fsprogs (1.47.1)
firefox (128.0) 111.0 -- -- 80.0 -- 45.4.0 45.0 40.0 -- -- 17.0.4 17.0.4 2.0.0.20 2.0.0.16 firefox (128.0)
freetype (2.13.2) 2.12.1 2.10.4 2.10.4 2.10.1 2.9.1 2.9.1 2.6.2 2.5.5 2.5.5 2.5.3 2.4.9 2.4.9 2.4.3 2.3.7 freetype (2.13.2)
gcc (14.1.0) 12.1.0 10.3.0 7.5.0 7.4.0 6.5.0 6.4.0 4.8.5 4.8.4 3.4.6 4.8.3 4.6.4 4.6.4 4.2.1 3.4.6 gcc (14.1.0)
gimp (2.10.38) 2.10.32 2.10.20 2.10.20 -- -- -- -- 2.8.14 -- -- 2.6.10 2.6.10 -- -- gimp (2.10.38)
glibc (2.39) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.3.6 2.3.6 -- -- glibc (2.39)
gnome-shell (46.3.1) 42.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.16.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (46.3.1)
gnucash (5.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.8)
gnumeric (1.12.57) 1.12.52 1.12.48 1.12.48 1.12.43 1.12.43 1.12.23 -- 1.10.17 -- -- 1.10.17 1.10.17 -- 1.8.3 gnumeric (1.12.57)
grub (2.12) -- -- -- -- 2.00 2.00 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.12)
gtk (4.14.4) 4.6.5 4.3.2 3.24.27 3.24.20 3.22.30 3.22.30 3.16.7 3.16.6 -- -- 2.24.17 2.24.17 2.20.1 2.12.9 gtk (4.14.4)
httpd (2.4.61) 2.4.56 2.4.53 2.4.48 2.4.46 2.4.41 2.4.35 2.4.23 2.4.16 2.4.12 -- 2.4.3 2.4.3 2.2.17 2.2.9 httpd (2.4.61)
inkscape (1.3.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.3.2)
k3b (24.05.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (24.05.2)
kmod (32) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (32)
krita (5.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.2.3)
LibreOffice (24.2.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.0.1 2.4.1 LibreOffice (24.2.5)
linux (6.9.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (6.9.9)
Package 3.0.0 2.2.0 2.1.1 2.0 1.2 1.1 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2.1 0.1.1 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (11.4.2) 5.5.65 5.5.65 5.5.65 5.5.65 5.5.59 5.5.59 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (11.4.2)
mate-desktop (1.28.2) 1.26.0 1.24.1 1.24.1 1.24.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.28.2)
mesa (24.1.3) 20.2.3 18.3.2 18.3.2 18.3.2 17.1.4 17.1.4 9.1.7 10.4.6 -- -- 7.11.2 7.11.2 7.4.4 7.0.1 mesa (24.1.3)
mysql (9.0.0) 8.0.32 8.0.22 8.0.22 8.0.2 8.0.2 8.0.2 5.6.27 5.6.25 5.6.23 5.6.20 5.6.10 5.6.10 5.1.54 5.0.51a mysql (9.0.0)
nautilus (46.2) 42.2 3.28.1 3.28.1 3.28.1 3.28.1 -- -- 3.14.2 -- -- 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.30.1 2.22.2 nautilus (46.2)
NVIDIA (555.58) 470.103.01 470.103.01 310.14 310.14 310.14 -- 346.96 346.47 -- -- 310.44 310.44 -- -- NVIDIA (555.58)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.5.2 3.5.2 3.5.2 3.5.2 -- 3.5.2 3.5.2 3.5.2 -- -- 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.4.11.2 3.4.7.2 openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (22) 18.0.2 13.0.3 13.0.3 13.0.3 8u172 8u172 7 6b36 -- -- 6b25 6b25 6b17 -- openjdk (22)
openssh (9.8p1) -- 8.9p1 -- 8.2p1 7.9p1 7.9p1 6.9p2 6.9p1 6.7p1 -- 5.8p2 5.8p2 5.3p1 5.0p1 openssh (9.8p1)
openssl (3.3.1) 1.1.1t 1.1.1o 1.1.1k 1.0.2u 1.0.2t 1.0.2p 1.0.2 1.0.2 1.0.2 1.0.1 0.9.8y 0.9.8y 0.9.8e 0.9.7f openssl (3.3.1)
perl (5.40.0) 5.36.0 5.36.0 5.32.0 5.32.0 5.28.0 5.28.0 5.18.2 5.20.0 5.18.2 5.18.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.12.2 5.10.0 perl (5.40.0)
php (8.3.9) 8.1.16 8.1.5 8.0.6 7.4.10 7.2.22 7.1.26 5.6.21 5.4.43 5.4.39 5.4.32 5.4.16 5.4.16 5.3.5 5.2.6 php (8.3.9)
plasma-desktop (6.1.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (6.1.2)
postfix (3.9.0) 3.5.17 3.5.12 3.5.9 3.5.2 2.11.11 2.11.5 2.11.5 2.11.4 2.11.1 2.11.1 -- -- -- -- postfix (3.9.0)
postgresql (16.3) 14.6 14.2 13.3 12.0 10.9 10.4 9.5.1 9.3.5 9.3.5 9.2.9 9.0.13 9.0.13 8.4.4 8.2.7 postgresql (16.3)
Python (3.12.4) 3.11.2 3.9.12 3.9.5 3.8.2 3.7.4 3.7.0 3.3.5 3.4.3 2.7.8 -- 3.1.5 3.1.5 2.6.5 2.5.2 Python (3.12.4)
qt (6.7.2) 5.15.2 5.15.2 5.13.2 5.13.2 5.12.2 5.6.2 4.8.6 4.8.6 -- -- 4.8.4 4.8.4 3.3.8 3.3.8 qt (6.7.2)
samba (4.20.2) 4.13.17 4.13.14 4.13.7 4.10.18 4.6.16 4.4.16 3.6.25 4.0.4 3.6.25 -- 4.0.4 4.0.4 3.3.14 3.0.28a samba (4.20.2)
systemd (256.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (256.2)
thunderbird (128.0) 78.8.0 78.8.0 78.8.0 60.2.1 -- 38.8.0 38.7.0 38.2.0 -- -- 17.0.6 17.0.6 2.0.0.24 2.0.0.16 thunderbird (128.0)
vim (9.1) 9.0 8.2 8.2 8.2 8.1 8.1 -- 7.4 -- 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.1 vim (9.1)
vlc (3.0.21) -- -- -- 3.0.11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.21)
wayland (1.23.0) 1.20.0 1.19.0 1.18.0 1.18.0 1.16.0 1.14.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.23.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) 4.16.0 4.16.0 4.12.2 4.12.2 -- 4.12.2 -- 4.12.2 -- -- 4.8.3 4.8.3 4.6.0 -- xfdesktop (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.13) 1.20.14 1.20.14 1.20.11 1.20.8 1.19.1 1.18.4 1.14.7 1.14.7 -- -- 1.12.4 1.12.4 1.6.1 1.4.1 xorg-server (21.1.13)

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Version: 3.0.0
Rating: 1
Date: 2023-09-13
Votes: 0


Its maximum contradictory to claim a "OS for everyone", yet have to go through commends and GitHub to get anything done in terms of Download and installation. Why is it for some OS developers so important to make everything artificial complicated, when you have other examples, downloading the dawn ISO and installing it, with extra fancy knowledge or what ever it takes to install an OS. I love to try different Linux derivatives and so far, most of them are user-friendly to begin with, but then there are these “special” kind of distros, showing it right in the first second. This has to get an own “search rubric” on Distrowatch, for people who feel pleasure in complicated and hideous installation variants.


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Rating: 2
Date: 2023-01-21
Votes: 0


Similar to FreeBSD but a lot slower.

Offers automatic setup of a desktop environment on first boot.

If you choose to do so a lengthy install follows where the console is spammed with "XXX Rated" so you don't have time to read what is actually happening. When it's finished you can log into an Xfce environment.

Xorg in MidnightBSD doesn't work properly in Virtualbox for me. The cursor is only movable within a limited area och it doesn't match where you are actually pointing.

Tested version is 2.2.6.

The project logo is nice at least.

1 point for being BSD and 1 point for easy installation of Xorg.


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Version: 2.2.0
Rating: 1
Date: 2022-06-14
Votes: 0


Ugh. My my. I went into this expecting something akin to GhostBSD (which STILL can't detect many common network cards and STILL has to have wpa suppliant build from scratch, etc) which has many ongoing problems but at least can give us a GUI right off the live CD/DVD. This Midnight thing is even more immature as a project and not worth the time and effort of any but diehard bog reporters and other BSD enthusiasts with more than an inkling of hope for BSD in general.

FreeBSD is a better bet as the documentation is amazing and a dedicated user can actually build a great BSD working computer OS. Not so with this MidnightBSD mess, unfortunately. I noticed that the main tech reviewers of MidnightBSD say openly that they "don't want to disrespect the developer" by saying how thin, unusable it is.. well.. sometimes that would be helpful as it might get them going on actually finishing the project. Right now, as of June of 2022, the MidnightBSD project is without wheels or even a steering wheel.

No 0 rating available, so 1.


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