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DistroWatch.com: GhostBSD


Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 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: 7.63/10 from 8 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
Download Mirrors http://ghostbsd.org/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker http://sourceforge.net/p/ghostbsdproject/tickets/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2015-05-06: Development Release: GhostBSD 10.1-BETA1
 • 2015-03-12: Development Release: GhostBSD 10.1-ALPHA1
 • More GhostBSD releases...

 •2017-02-07 GhostBSD's NetworkMgr becomes a port
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Feature 11.1-ALPHA1 10.3 10.1 4.0 3.5 3.1 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 Feature
Release Date 2017-08-10 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) 1686-1828                   Image Size (MB)
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 i386, 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 en en en en en en en en en Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 11.1-alpha1 10.3 10.1 4.0 3.5 3.1 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 Full Package List
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Version: 10.3
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-10-03
Votes: 1

Hits most my expectations, except it appears no bluetooth support? Apart from that, full samba support, although unable to open media directly from samba shares. Support using the forums is keen and an answer good or bad is given quickly. Firefox and Flash is supported and I must say most apps I used under Linux - including hplip!

Installing apps is easy though pkg install or the ports.

Very responsive, fast and promising OS what has got my curiosity and i recommend you give it a try.

if bluetooth and opening media though samba can be sorted by default then it will be my goto OS.

BSDs are NOT LINUX! But don't let this scare you off! ;)

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Version: 10.3
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-06
Votes: 2

Been using 10.3 (XFCE) release for maybe 6 months or so and never had a problem, 10.3 has been by far the best GhostBSD release yet, in the past I had tried previous releases that had issues, and moved on to somthing else,
or just installed a desktop enviroment on FreeBSD from scratch (not hard to do and a good learning experience)
but everything has been great with 10.3.

Tried multiple browsers and media players, all worked good.
Installed Kodi and it works ok

The good thing about GhostBSD is that its pure FreeBSD, so the FreeBSD handbook is applicable to anything about the system.

The only complaint about any BSD compaired to any Linux is that watching video (with a media player) is not as smooth

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Version: 11.1-ALPHA1
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-09-02
Votes: 0

This is even worst than 10.1, at least it would boot up. 10.1 wouldn't do much else, and the wifi never worked, but 11.1 Beta 1 can't even boot.

I've been testing Linux distros for quite a while, and I now realize that distros based on Arch, Gentoo, and BSD are nothing but trouble. Best to stick to operating systems based on Debian, Slackware, Fedora, or Ubuntu.

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