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DistroWatch.com: GhostBSD


Last Update: 2017-02-11 20:16 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: 9.5/10 from 2 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:
 • 2017-02-11: 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
 • 2014-10-03: BSD Release: GhostBSD 4.0
 • 2014-08-07: Development Release: GhostBSD 4.0-RC1
 • More GhostBSD releases...

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

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Feature 11.0-ALPHA1 10.3 10.1 4.0 3.5 3.1 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 Feature
Release Date 2017-02-11 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
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
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
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 11.0-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: 9
Date: 2017-01-23
Votes: 3

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.

The big bonus is that it's system D free.

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Version: 10.3
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-02-06
Votes: 0

Great OS for non computer experts. I wish that there was a way to install a vpn on i t.

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