I did not get farther than the installer. All went smooth, but then the copying of the files to the system took so long I gave up. Im am talking about hours, not minutes. And honestly, it is difficult to see if this actually boring installer does anything at all. I used MATE, but hope XCFE installs much faster.
Version: 10.3 Rating: 9 Date: 2017-04-04 Votes: 4
GhostBSD was easy to install. Always let the installer know that something was happening. No black screen to leave you wondering. I think it is one of the best Distros out there. good wifi support which is lacking in a lot of distros out there. Even the sound worked. Menu a little confusing: menu said web browser; clicked it and Firefox executed but said it was not my default web browser. Have no idea what the default web browser is? No biggy. I usually try to put Vivaldi web browser on my systems these days. Really like it. Very fast. The folks at GhostBSD did a fabulous job!
Used on an old Lenova laptop, I mainly use GhostBSD to surf the web or watch online video such as YouTube or BBC iplayer with headphones late at night, so as not to wake up neighbours. It is also used used for some office work and some jobs done in the terminal.
Wifi worked out-of-the-box for me too, though when I plug the machine into the mains, I have to turn off wifi off using the command line with:
#ifconfig wlan0 down
though there may be an easier way to do this, as yet undiscovered by this BSD-noob, but I do not want to turn it off from the panel as it may take longer turning it on again next time.
Wifi should not be automatically enabled when not needed, that is the only downside encountered so far.
GhostBSD feels rock solid and the update notifications make it easy to keep it modern and secure. Gnome Mplayer is used to watch DVDs (from laptop DVD drive) and works well. LibreOffice is for office applications.
I first installed this just over 6 months ago (July 2016) as 10.3_alpha and it has been a pleasant experience so far.
This operating system deserves more users, more publicity and more eyes on the code in order to develop, but even at this time, worth a try.