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Last Update: 2020-03-08 10:50 UTC

FuryBSD is an open-source, desktop-oriented operating system based on FreeBSD. It is an attempt to revive the spirit of other easy-to-use FreeBSD-based projects of the past (e.g. PC-BSD and TrueOS), but it also adds additional convenience in the form of a hybrid USB/DVD image. The project provides separate live images with Xfce and KDE Plasma desktops. FuryBSD is free to use and it can be freely distributed under the BSD license.

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Average visitor rating: 7.5/10 from 4 review(s).

FuryBSD Summary
Distribution FuryBSD
Home Page https://www.furybsd.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://forums.furybsd.org/
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Documentation FuryBSD Handbook
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Download Mirrors SourceForgeGitHub
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites GitHub
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 • 2020-03-19: BSD Release: FuryBSD 12.1
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Feature 12.1
Release Date 2020-03-08
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 3000-3100
Free Download IMG
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop KDE Plasma, Xfce
Package Management pkg
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64
Init Software RC
Journaled File Systems UFS, ZFS
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List 12.1
Package 12.1
abiword (3.0.4) --
alsa-lib (1.2.2) 1.1.2
ati-driver (18.30) --
bash (5.0) 5.0
bind (9.17.0) --
chromium (80.0.3987.162) --
cups (2.3.1) 2.2.12
dhcp (4.4.2) --
e2fsprogs (1.45.6) --
firefox (74.0) 73.0.1
freetype (2.10.1) 2.10.1
gcc (9.3.0) --
gimp (2.10.18) --
glibc (2.31) --
gnome-shell (3.36.1) --
gnucash (3.9) --
gnumeric (1.12.46) --
grub (2.04) --
gtk (3.24.15) 3.24.10
httpd (2.4.43) --
inkscape (0.92.4) --
k3b (19.12.3) --
kmod (27) --
krita (4.2.9) --
libreoffice (6.4.2) --
linux (5.6.1) --
Package 12.1
lxpanel (0.10.0) --
mariadb (10.4.12) --
mate-desktop (1.24.0) --
mesa (20.0.2) 18.3.2
mysql (8.0.19) 5.7.29
nautilus ( --
NVIDIA (440.64) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (14) --
openssh (8.2p1) 7.8p1
openssl (1.1.1f) 1.1.1d
perl (5.30.2) 5.30.1
php (7.4.4) 7.2.28
plasma-desktop ( 5.17.4
postfix (3.5.0) --
postgresql (12.2) --
Python (3.8.2) 3.6.9
qt (5.14.2) 5.13.2
samba (4.12.0) 4.10.11
systemd (245) --
thunderbird (68.6.0) --
vim (8.2) --
vlc (3.0.8) --
xfdesktop (4.14.2) 4.14.1
xorg-server (1.20.8) 1.18.4

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Version: 12.1
Rating: 1
Date: 2020-03-24
Votes: 0

And... it's a bust. After setting the password during install and typing it in twice to confirm, at reboot, it kept giving me wrong password notifications at login screen. So, not exactly out-of-box. Can't use it if you can't log in.

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Version: 12.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2020-03-03
Votes: 11

I'm going to start with the negative, because it is a problem which plagues most *BSD installation implementations, and that is: the ill-considered usage of GPT for their live filesystem and iso.

Every BSD flavor which uses GPT seems to brick the USB stick because of an improper GPT table. Moreover, when the stick is inserted in a Windows 7 or 8 system, it will induce a BSOD.

FuryBSD is no exception. When Windows 7 finished writing the ISO, my system went BSOD.

I suggest the FuryBSD team switch to the installation format used by NomadBSD (MBR).

Other than the above (extremely) annoying issue, this variation of BSD has a LOT of potential!

P.s. There is also an incorrect instruction in the setup notes/script: to setup the networking, just issue the command: bsdconfig (without any options or parameters) and go from there...

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Version: 12.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2020-01-17
Votes: 18

This is my first experience using a BSD. From my understanding, FuryBSD in its current state is essentially just a FreeBSD installer with a desktop from the get go, and it does a very good job at that. The Installation was very quick and the included utilities for configuring xorg on the Live USB were a very nice touch. It makes things very easy for the user.

The xfce desktop is simple but very effective. Not many programs included, which I like very much. Furthermore, Free/FuryBSD is very lightweight and it runs great on my Thinkpad x230. Personally, I think that this has given me a better experience with xfce than any Linux distribution I've used before.

After installing, I was able to upgrade my system to 12.1 so I'm on the latest FreeBSD release now. But I would like to see more from the FuryBSD team. Thank you very much for providing a new BSD user with an easy way to get a workstation. I think you may have made me a permanent BSD user.

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