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Last Update: 2018-07-18 23:50 UTC

NomadBSD is a 64-bit live system for USB flash drives, based on FreeBSD. Together with automatic hardware detection and setup, it is configured to be used as a desktop system that works out of the box, but can also be used for data recovery.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 167 (49), 6 months: 120 (82), 3 months: 104 (130), 4 weeks: 37 (331), 1 week: 197 (31)

Average visitor rating: 6.33/10 from 6 review(s).

NomadBSD Summary
Distribution NomadBSD
Home Page http://nomadbsd.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation --
Screenshots http://nomadbsd.org/screenshots.html DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors http://nomadbsd.org/download.html
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Related Websites https://www.freebsd.org/
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 • 2019-01-18: Development Release: NomadBSD 1.2 RC1
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Feature 1.1
Release Date 2018-07-07
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 2000-2000
Free Download IMG
Installation Text
Default Desktop Openbox
Package Management pkg
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64
Init Software RC
Journaled File Systems UFS, ZFS
Multilingual Yes
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List 1.1
Package 1.1
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.2
ati-driver (18.30) --
bash (5.0) 4.4
bind (9.13.6) --
chromium (72.0.3626.109) --
cups (2.2.10) 2.2.8
dhcp (4.4.1) --
e2fsprogs (1.44.5) 1.44.2
firefox (65.0.1) 61.0
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9.1
gcc (8.2.0) --
gimp (2.10.8) --
glibc (2.29) --
gnome-shell (3.30.2) --
gnucash (3.4) --
gnumeric (1.12.44) --
grub (2.02) --
gtk+ (3.24.5) 2.24.32
httpd (2.4.38) --
inkscape (0.92.4) --
k3b (18.12.2) --
kmod (26) --
krita (4.1.7) --
libreoffice (6.2.0) 6.0.5
linux (4.20.10) --
Package 1.1
lxpanel (0.9.3) --
mariadb (10.3.12) --
mate-desktop (1.20.4) --
mesa (18.3.3) 18.1.2
mysql (8.0.15) --
nautilus (3.30.5) --
NVIDIA (415.27) --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6
openjdk (11.0.1) --
openssh (7.9p1) --
openssl (1.1.1a) --
perl (5.28.1) --
php (7.3.2) --
plasma-desktop (5.15.0) --
postfix (3.3.2) --
postgresql (11.2) --
Python (3.7.2) --
qt (5.12.1) 5.10.1
samba (4.9.4) --
systemd (241) --
thunderbird (60.5.1) 52.9.0
vim (8.1) 8.1
vlc (3.0.6) 2.2.8
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.20.3) 1.18.4

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Version: 1.1
Rating: 5
Date: 2019-01-27
Votes: 3

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.

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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.

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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).

Donc n'hésitez pas à tenter l'aventure !!

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