It is what Freebsd misses on the Desktop side - plug into USB, boot and use. In its vanilla state it has bundled all mostly used GPU drivers - one gets the native resolutions and GPU speeds, all sound codecs are preinstalled too. And this is just the beginning, because it is highly customizable - one can have any set of those 32000 Freebsd packages installed, configured and persisted too if desired, ports too - all depends on the size&speed of the flash drive, use of an external SSD highly recommended.
Geli encryption is another area where Nomad shines upon initial setup.
I've tried switching among different hardware - desktops and laptops, and Nomad just works from the USB, hardware not always was fully discovered - mostly wifi hardware, however my choices of persisted additional installs were always available & usable.
Pros: Nomad is a Superior Live distro over any Linux Live equivalents out there in terms of functionality and customization.
Cons: Nomad is an Inferior Live Distro compared to Linux Live equivalents in terms of hardware support, however these are Freebsd shortcomings, not Nomad's fault.
Version: 1.1 Rating: 9 Date: 2019-04-21 Votes: 5
I am trying a lot of distributions for fun. Sometimes i fall in love with at the first moment of trying. This is one of these. A persistent live thumbdrive to use on different computers! That's a great challange. For me it works on two different of my Laptops. There were no problems for me to choose the right Keyboard typ. I choose one these for HP and Fujitsu Laptops and its worked for me. The 9 points I'am giving to this project are too much becauce of the many blobs and inskills. But I want to motivate the Team to go on furthrer - this project is grounded on a great idea!
- nice Desktop
- its Freebsd
- a persistent thumbdrive for daily use
- many inskills and blobs
- running slowly on my Laptops
sorry about my bad english
Version: 1.1 Rating: 5 Date: 2019-01-27 Votes: 0
Can't imagine to switch to NomadBSD. Such a long and unfriendly process to set up! Do I know which keyboard model my laptop uses? Do I know which lanugage mnemonic I have to choose? It refused to accept the first given root password, and only accepted the second one. Later on I realized it used the first one! I configured the bash shell, but was given the fish shell. I clicked a few items in the GUI, everything was very slow. Finally ended with a busy wait and an unresponsible system... at that point I gave up!
I like FreeBSD and know it doesn't deserve this damage of reputation.
Version: 1.1 Rating: 3 Date: 2019-01-25 Votes: 1
The whole thing is such a manual process. I got it on a USB stick and booted it up and went through a very laborious setup question after question. I can't tell you how many times I had to select English not to mention you have to identify the model of your keyboard. This *should* be consolidated. There is no reason to have so many questions.
After that, it displayed a non-working desktop. Right-click on the desktop to select programs. First thing I did was open up a Terminal. It would not give me a terminal prompt so couldn't do anything in there. I opened up a File manager - wouldn't work. Calendar just showed a black screen. Calculator came up but none of the buttons would work. I don't know what the issue was and not being able to get a Bash shell was frustrating. A longer bootup time compared to a normal GNU/Linux. I tried it on an Intel NUC that never has any issues with Linux. I finally dumped it. Wasn't worth my patience.
Version: 1.1 Rating: 9 Date: 2019-01-24 Votes: 3
NomadBSD fonctionne parfaitement sur mon PC ACER et Station de travail.
Un distribution qui mérite de s'y attarder
Rapide, élégante, je ne regrette que l'impossibilité actuelle de pourvoir l'installer sur le HDD.
Pour ma part après installation et comparatif de Trident OS remplaçant de TRUE-OS et de GHOSTBSD je préfère de loin cette petite distribution NOMADBSD.
Toujours en développement certains points restent à améliorer en particulier la prise en compte de certains périphériques par l'intégration de pilote (driver).
The download package (2 gig) needs to be unpacked and installed on a USB stick with the simple instructions contained on the NomadBSD download page. The only hurdle to installing the 3.2 gig UFS partition image and boot setup to the disk is being confident with using "dd" and identifying the USB stick to copy the image to.
Boot the computer and select F12 to select the USB stick to boot from.
First boot finishes with a script that sets up a number of items and whether you want an encrypted home directory for user "nomad". You end up with a nice desktop to work from, right click gives you the menu. This is a desktop configured FreeBSD system that uses all the standard FreeBSD package manager and update mechanisms - brilliant!!!
I found the 3.2 gig partition too limiting so using gpart FreeBSD utility explained here: https://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/disks-growing.html I installed to a spare USB HDD I had and enlarged the partition to give me more room to install what I wanted. Gpart is standard with NomadBSD so presumably you can install it to a laptop HDD in the same way and have a full laptop setup pre-configured.
Don't forget, this is 64 bit only on a UFS file system.
Loved it - a great system out of the box with capability to build what you like from it.
Version: 1.1 Rating: 1 Date: 2018-08-14 Votes: 0
I tried once only to have a problem when applying the initial setup settings to the usb stick. EGAD but when that happens you have to rewrite the image to usb again because now it refused to boot.
Rewrote to usb and tried once again. It is unable to write any changes to the usb stick. Perhaps it is trying to use EFI on my legacy computer? I don't know..
I am out of patience and my rating would be a zero if it were possible
This is a very ambitious project, indeed. There are a ton of GNU/Linux distros floating around, but I had yet to find any FreeBSD spins with persistent data. This was the answer to my prayers. NomadBSD is loaded with a plethora of useful and highly practical programs pre-installed, and will now become a daily driver for me, carried on my Swiss Army Knife's keyring. If you're tired of distro hopping from one Debian-based distro with different wallpaper to another, have always been curious about FreeBSD (but didn't know where to begin), or are just up for a really cool OS that you can take with you, then give this one a go. 10/10.
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