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MidnightBSD

Last Update: 2018-10-12 07:26 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: 143 (61), 6 months: 117 (85), 3 months: 88 (137), 4 weeks: 173 (40), 1 week: 156 (44)

Average visitor rating: 5.67/10 from 3 review(s).


MidnightBSD Summary
Distribution MidnightBSD
Home Page http://www.midnightbsd.org/
Mailing Lists http://www.midnightbsd.org/mailman/listinfo
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://www.midnightbsd.org/wiki/
Screenshots http://www.midnightbsd.org/screenshots/
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.midnightbsd.org/download/
Bug Tracker http://bugreport.midnightbsd.org/
Related Websites MidnightBSD Developer JournalWikipedia
Reviews 0.6: DistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2011-01-31: BSD Release: MidnightBSD 0.3
 • 2008-09-02: BSD Release: MidnightBSD 0.2.1
 • More MidnightBSD releases...

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

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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature 1.0 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2.1 0.1.1 Feature
Release Date 2018-10-12 2016-08-14 2015-09-20 2015-04-26 2014-09-22 2013-07-05 2011-01-30 2008-08-31 2007-11-09 Release Date
End Of Life                   End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 600-700 700-800               Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop                   Default Desktop
Package Management mports mports mports mports mports mports mports mports mports Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite GOffice   GOffice     GOffice GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o KOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC Init Software
Journaled File Systems                   Journaled File Systems
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 1.0 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2.1 0.1.1 Full Package List
Package 1.0 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2.1 0.1.1 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.1 -- 3.0.1 -- -- 2.8.4 2.8.4 2.6.8 2.6.3 abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.7) 1.1.2 1.0.29 1.0.29 1.0.28 -- 1.0.23 1.0.23 1.0.23 -- alsa-lib (1.1.7)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 -- 4.2 4.2 4.1 3.2 bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.13.5) -- 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 (9.13.5)
chromium (71.0.3578.98) -- -- 36.0.1985.143 -- -- 23.0.1271.97 23.0.1271.97 5.0.375.127 -- chromium (71.0.3578.98)
cups (2.2.10) 2.2.6 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 (2.2.10)
dhcp (4.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.5) 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 (1.44.5)
firefox (64.0) 45.4.0 45.0 40.0 -- -- 17.0.4 17.0.4 2.0.0.20 2.0.0.16 firefox (64.0)
freetype (2.9.1) 2.6.3 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 (2.9.1)
gcc (8.2.0) 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 (8.2.0)
gimp (2.10.8) -- -- 2.8.14 -- -- 2.6.10 2.6.10 -- -- gimp (2.10.8)
glibc (2.28) -- -- -- -- -- 2.3.6 2.3.6 -- -- glibc (2.28)
gnome-shell (3.30.2) -- -- 3.16.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.30.2)
gnucash (3.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.3)
gnumeric (1.12.44) 1.12.23 -- 1.10.17 -- -- 1.10.17 1.10.17 -- 1.8.3 gnumeric (1.12.44)
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.24.2) 3.22.15 3.16.7 3.16.6 -- -- 2.24.17 2.24.17 2.20.1 2.12.9 gtk+ (3.24.2)
httpd (2.4.37) 2.4.34 2.4.23 2.4.16 2.4.12 -- 2.4.3 2.4.3 2.2.17 2.2.9 httpd (2.4.37)
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.12.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (18.12.0)
kmod (25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.1.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.1.7)
libreoffice (6.1.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.0.1 2.4.1 libreoffice (6.1.3)
linux (4.19.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.19.9)
Package 1.0 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2.1 0.1.1 Package
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.3.11) 5.5.59 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.3.11)
mate-desktop (1.20.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.3)
mesa (18.3.1) 17.1.4 9.1.7 10.4.6 -- -- 7.11.2 7.11.2 7.4.4 7.0.1 mesa (18.3.1)
mysql (8.0.13) 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 (8.0.13)
nautilus (3.30.5) -- -- 3.14.2 -- -- 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.30.1 2.22.2 nautilus (3.30.5)
NVIDIA (415.18) -- 346.96 346.47 -- -- 310.44 310.44 -- -- NVIDIA (415.18)
openbox (3.6.1) 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 (10.0.2) 8u172 7 6b36 -- -- 6b25 6b25 6b17 -- openjdk (10.0.2)
openssh (7.9p1) 6.9p2 6.9p2 6.9p1 6.7p1 -- 5.8p2 5.8p2 5.3p1 5.0p1 openssh (7.9p1)
openssl (1.1.1a) 1.0.2o 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 (1.1.1a)
perl (5.28.0) 5.26.0 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 (5.28.0)
php (7.3.0) 7.1.20 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 (7.3.0)
plasma-desktop (5.14.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.14.4)
postfix (3.3.2) 2.11.5 2.11.5 2.11.4 2.11.1 2.11.1 -- -- -- -- postfix (3.3.2)
postgresql (11.1) 9.6.1 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 (11.1)
Python (3.7.1) 3.4.8 3.3.5 3.4.3 2.7.8 -- 3.1.5 3.1.5 2.6.5 2.5.2 Python (3.7.1)
qt (5.12.0) 5.6.2 4.8.6 4.8.6 -- -- 4.8.4 4.8.4 3.3.8 3.3.8 qt (5.12.0)
samba (4.9.3) 4.3.11 3.6.25 4.0.4 3.6.25 -- 4.0.4 4.0.4 3.3.14 3.0.28a samba (4.9.3)
systemd (239) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (239)
thunderbird (60.3.3) 38.8.0 38.7.0 38.2.0 -- -- 17.0.6 17.0.6 2.0.0.24 2.0.0.16 thunderbird (60.3.3)
vim (8.1) 7.4 -- 7.4 -- 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.1 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.4)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- 4.12.2 -- -- 4.8.3 4.8.3 4.6.0 -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.3) 1.18.4 1.14.7 1.14.7 -- -- 1.12.4 1.12.4 1.6.1 1.4.1 xorg-server (1.20.3)

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Version: 0.8
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-02-23
Votes: 5


Interesting FreeBSD spin-off with potential to be great
Their mports binary package manager works well

During first boot you are asked is you want to have a graphical desktop, saying yes installs a handfully of software, like windomaker, dbus, and slim.
After you are told to reboot for a graphical login,
but after reboot slim does not start.

So after you log in and do
#mport install xorg
then add to /etc/rc.conf
dbus_enable="YES"
and create an .xinitrc file in your home directory with
exec wmaker

rebooting again will allow the slim login manager to start and windomaker after login

I ended up installing xfce desktop
( note the documentation says do #mports install xfce4 , but get mport error "package not found in the index", but #mport install xfce worked)

wireless with run0 adaptor works (but not a urtwn or athn adaptor, that does with other BSD's)

Allot of software in thier mports list is not available in binary form.
I wanted to stick to binary packages, so the only web browsers available are ether midori or epiphany, nether work with youtube videos. but are otherwise usable .

for playing music and video, mplayer in xtem works fine, but it would be nice to have a graphical media player available

one problem is both
#shutdown -p now
and shutdown in xfce, both cause a reboot

but all in all is a fun system to play with, the default windowmaker is uniquley usable




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Version: 0.8
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-12-01
Votes: 0


no useful web browser, no maintenance, no support. the worst bsd in the world


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Version: 0.8
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-09-29
Votes: 0


Installation and package management need some work.


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