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GhostBSD

Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:02 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. 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.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 66 (169), 6 months: 99 (122), 3 months: 96 (115), 4 weeks: 85 (117), 1 week: 72 (126)

Average visitor rating: 7/10 from 19 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
Documentation http://wiki.ghostbsd.org/
Screenshots http://ghostbsd.org/gallery/DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://ghostbsd.org/download/
Bug Tracker http://sourceforge.net/p/ghostbsdproject/tickets/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-11-16: BSD Release: GhostBSD 11.1
 • 2017-11-06: Development Release: GhostBSD 11.1-RC1
 • 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
 • More GhostBSD releases...

  Headlines:
 •2018-05-02 GhostBSD may switch to TrueOS base
 •2017-02-07 GhostBSD's NetworkMgr becomes a port
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Feature 11.1 10.3 10.1 4.0 3.5 3.1 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 Feature
Release Date 2017-11-16 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) 2267-2397                   Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
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 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, fr en en en en en en en en en Multilingual
Asian Language Support Yes -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 11.1 10.3 10.1 4.0 3.5 3.1 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 Full Package List
Package 11.1 10.3 10.1 4.0 3.5 3.1 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- 2.8.4 2.8.4 2.8.4 2.8.4 2.8.4 -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.0.29 1.0.28 1.0.26 1.0.26 1.0.23 -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.6)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.0 bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.13.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.13.2)
chromium (67.0.3396.99) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (67.0.3396.99)
cups (2.2.8) 2.2.6 2.1.4 2.0.3 1.7.3 1.5.4 1.5.2 1.5.0 1.4.5 1.4.3 1.4.2 cups (2.2.8)
dhcp (4.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.3) 1.43.7 1.42.13 1.42.12 -- -- 1.42.6 1.41.14 -- -- -- e2fsprogs (1.44.3)
firefox (61.0.1) 56.0.2 47.0.1 40.0 31.0 23.0 17.0.1 9.0.1 3.6.13 3.6.4 3.5.8 firefox (61.0.1)
freetype (2.9.1) 2.8 2.6.3 2.6.1 2.5.3 2.4.12 2.4.9 2.4.7 2.4.4 2.3.12 2.3.11 freetype (2.9.1)
gcc (8.1.0) 5.4.0 4.8.5 4.8.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (8.1.0)
gimp (2.10.4) -- -- -- -- 2.8.6 -- -- -- 2.6.9 -- gimp (2.10.4)
glibc (2.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.27)
gnome-shell (3.28.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.28.3)
gnucash (3.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.2)
gnumeric (1.12.41) -- -- -- -- -- 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.12 1.10.5 -- gnumeric (1.12.41)
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta 2.02beta -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.30) 2.24.31 2.24.29 2.24.28 2.24.22 2.24.19 2.24.6 2.24.6 2.22.1 2.20.1 2.18.7 gtk+ (3.22.30)
httpd (2.4.34) -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.23 2.2.21 -- -- -- httpd (2.4.34)
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.04.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (18.04.3)
kmod (25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.1.1)                     krita (4.1.1)
libreoffice (6.0.5) 5.3.7 5.0.6 4.3.7 4.2.5 4.0* 3.5.7 3.4.4 -- -- -- libreoffice (6.0.5)
linux (4.17.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.17.8)
Package 11.1 10.3 10.1 4.0 3.5 3.1 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 Package
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- -- 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 -- -- -- lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.3.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.3.8)
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.18.0 1.12.1 1.10.1 1.6.1 1.6.0 -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.3)
mesa (18.1.4) 17.2.4 11.2.2 10.4.6 9.1.7 8.0.5 7.6.1 7.4.4 7.4.4 7.4.4 7.4.4 mesa (18.1.4)
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.11)
nautilus (3.28.1) -- 3.18.5 -- -- 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.32.2 2.30.1 2.28.4 nautilus (3.28.1)
NVIDIA (396.24) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (396.24)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.5.0 -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (10.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (10.0.1)
openssh (7.7p1)   7.2p2 6.6.1p1 6.4p1 6.2p2 5.8p2 5.8p2 5.4p1 5.4p1 5.2p1 openssh (7.7p1)
openssl (1.1.0h)   1.0.1s 1.0.1l 1.0.1e 0.9.8y 0.9.8y 0.9.8q 0.9.8q 0.9.8n 0.9.8k openssl (1.1.0h)
perl (5.28.0) 5.24.2 5.20.3 5.20.2 5.16.3 5.14.4 5.14.2 5.12.4 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 perl (5.28.0)
php (7.2.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.2.8)
plasma-desktop (5.13.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.13.3)
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.3.1)
postgresql (10.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (10.4)
Python (3.7.0) 2.7.14 2.7.12 2.7.10 2.7.8 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.7.2 2.6.6 2.6.5 2.6.4 Python (3.7.0)
qt (5.11.1) 5.7.1 5.5.1 5.4.1 -- 4.8.4 4.8.2 -- -- -- -- qt (5.11.1)
samba (4.8.3) 4.4.15 3.6.25 3.6.25 3.6.24 -- -- -- -- 3.4.8 3.4.5 samba (4.8.3)
systemd (239) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (239)
thunderbird (52.9.1) 52.4.0 45.2.0 38.1.0 31.0 17.0.8 -- 3.1.7 3.1.7 2.0.0.24 -- thunderbird (52.9.1)
vim (8.1) 8.0 7.4 7.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.3) -- -- -- -- 2.0.7 2.0.4 -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.3)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.12.3 4.12.3 -- 4.10.2 -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.14.7 1.12.4 1.7.7 1.7.7 1.7.7 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.6.5 xorg-server (1.20.0)

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Version: 11.1
Rating: 1
Date: 2018-07-01
Votes: 0


Unfortunately I couldn't test it, the X doesn't work... Basically it doesn't support UEFI.
Same as Linux Lite...
It's a pity... I'd like to take a look on it...


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 11.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-06-26
Votes: 5


After kicking the tires on the live usb version of GhostBSD (add persistence, devs!) and thoroughly enjoying it, I went ahead and did a full install. The installation was straightforward, uncomplicated, and successful. The user interface is intuitive, easy to use, and comes pre-loaded with plenty of useful programs. I chose the Mate desktop, which has a very nice look and feel to it. If you're considering BSD, GhostBSD is a painless way to cut your teeth. Once installed, I would recommend opening a terminal, as root, and typing "pkg install networkmgr". Everything else worked out of the box, and has been fantastic. I will continue to use and donate to this project, and would like to see it grow. It has great potential.


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Version: 11.1
Rating: 5
Date: 2018-05-20
Votes: 1


I downloaded and tested the GhostBSD 11.1 Mate edition and was pleasantly surprised to see that almost everything worked out of the box (e.g. my external monitor was detected and I was able to set correct resolution etc. - I had to edit a config file in freeBSD for my external VGA monitor to be recognized).

The only thing that did not work was wifi which is no big deal since I use my laptop at a fixed location with Ethernet and external keyboard etc. attached.

The default fonts are a bit strange so I changed them to "dejavu sans book" and everything looked perfect. There are some nice desktop backgrounds included too.

Regarding software there is plenty installed out of the box including LibreOffice and media players etc.

I was so impressed by GhostBSD that I decided to go ahead and install in on a test laptop with a view to replacing Debian Stretch on my main laptop (I am not happy with the increasing responsibility given to systemd or it's use of binary log files).

However, from what I can tell there is one major flaw with this release - you cannot choose full disk encryption during installation. This is unacceptable in this day and age. I know the development team is small and progress takes time and effort but security should be top of the priority list. I deduct a full 5 points for this as it renders the system useless for me.
During install it indicates the strength of your root password as "very weak", "weak", "strong", "very strong" etc. which gave me a laugh since if someone physically takes your laptop, all they need to do to access ALL of your data is boot it will a live CD - such as GhostBSD :-)

I hope that I am wrong and someone can correct me on the full disk encryption option but I'll stay away from GhostBSD for now and check back during the next release to see if they have the full disk encryption option included.

Thanks.


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