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Last Update: 2017-11-26 22:21 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.

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Average visitor rating: 7.27/10 from 15 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/
Related Websites Wikipedia
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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...

 •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)
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
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Version: 10.3
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-01-10
Votes: 0

You guys are very close to achieve a gui solid os as good or better than linux.

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Version: 11.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-10
Votes: 1

The most perfect Unix (is FreeBSD) desktop (Workstation). The selection of software can solve all your need, but not solve all software brands.

GhostBSD is better solution and more stabe as TrueOS for the desktop.

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Version: 11.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-12-24
Votes: 4

I highly recommend this if you want to play with FreeBSD.

Long time FreeBSD user. For a desktop system I used PC-BSD and moved with them when they transitioned to TrueOS. TrueOS is now a rolling release on the FreeBSD-CURRENT revision lots of great stuff, but I wanted a simple stable GUI for in VMs based on RELEASE, not CURRENT. GhostBSD so far is exactly what I was looking for. The new version of Mate is really nice and clean, OctoPkg is a nice clean GUI for the FreeBSD package manager (that I had actually used before).

I installed GhostBSD 11.1 it into a VBox 5.2 VM without issue. VirtualBox Additions were pre-installed. I added the dev tools I needed (llvm39, cmake and a few others). OctoPkg handled everything fine. OctoPkg checked all my software versions and recommended an update cycle, which it performed without issue. The OS recognized an update for 11.1 was available and performed the update without issue.

I've used it for a few things now and I have no complaints. GhostBSD is a nice stable GUI based on FreeBSD that mirror FreeBSD release cycles. Great package.

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