• Home Page, Headlines
 • DW Weekly, Comments
 • Packages, Package Management
 • Glossary, FAQ, Mobile Site
 • Search, Sitemap
 • Major Distributions
 • Submit Distribution
 • Upcoming Releases
 • About DistroWatch
 • Page Hit Ranking
 • Advertise
 • Torrent Downloads

NomadBSD RSS Feed DistroWatch.com: NomadBSD


Last Update: 2019-04-21 21:01 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: 126 (70), 6 months: 106 (111), 3 months: 90 (129), 4 weeks: 72 (159), 1 week: 26 (571)

Average visitor rating: 7/10 from 8 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
Bug Tracker
Related Websites https://www.freebsd.org/
Reviews 1.1: DistroWatch
Where To Buy OSDisc.com (sponsored link)

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2019-04-21: Distribution Release: NomadBSD 1.2
 • 2019-01-18: Development Release: NomadBSD 1.2 RC1
 • More NomadBSD releases...

Table Notes and Explanations

(Please refer to the table below.)
  • Select view: Major packages only (52) All tracked packages (226)
  • To compare the software in this project to the software available in other distributions, please see our Compare Packages page.
  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
Linux Media
Linux Mint 19.1$5.95
Ubuntu 19.04$5.95
Debian 9.8.0$5.95
openSUSE 15.0$5.95
Manjaro 18.0$5.95
Fedora 29$5.95
MX Linux 18.2$5.95
USB Flash Drives
Linux Mint 19.1 16GB$14.95
Ubuntu 19.04 16GB$14.95
Fedora 29 16GB$14.95

Free Shipping on orders over $20
Professional Quality
Click here to visit OSDisc.com now

Star Labs

Star Labs Systems | Laptops designed for Linux

Star Labs - Laptops built for Linux.
View our range including the Star Lite, Star LabTop and more. Available with a choice of Ubuntu or Linux Mint pre-installed with many more distributions supported. Visit Star Labs for information, to buy and get support.

Create Custom Stickers, Labels, Tattoos and Decals at StickerYou

As a valued partner and proud supporter of DistroWatch, StickerYou is happy to offer a 10% discount on all Custom Stickers, Business Labels, Roll Labels, Vinyl Lettering or Custom Decals. StickerYou is your one-stop shop to make your business stick! Use code DISTRO10 at the checkout page to apply your discount.

Feature 1.2 1.1
Release Date 2019-04-21 2018-07-07
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 2000-2000 2000-2000
Free Download IMG IMG
Installation Text Text
Default Desktop Openbox Openbox
Package Management pkg pkg
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Init Software RC RC
Journaled File Systems UFS, ZFS UFS, ZFS
Multilingual Yes Yes
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List 1.2 1.1
Package 1.2 1.1
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.2 1.1.2
ati-driver (18.30) -- --
bash (5.0) 5.0 4.4
bind (9.14.0) -- --
chromium (74.0.3729.108) -- --
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.10 2.2.8
dhcp (4.4.1) -- --
e2fsprogs (1.45.0) 1.45.0 1.44.2
firefox (66.0.3) 66.0.3 61.0
freetype (2.10.0) 2.9.1 2.9.1
gcc (8.3.0) -- --
gimp (2.10.10) -- --
glibc (2.29) -- --
gnome-shell (3.32.1) -- --
gnucash (3.5) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- --
grub (2.02) -- --
gtk (3.24.8) -- 2.24.32
httpd (2.4.39) -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- --
k3b (19.04.0) -- --
kmod (26) -- --
krita (4.1.8) -- --
libreoffice (6.2.3) 6.2.2 6.0.5
linux (5.0.9) -- --
Package 1.2 1.1
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- --
mariadb (10.3.14) -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.0) -- --
mesa (19.0.3) 18.3.2 18.1.2
mysql (8.0.16) -- --
nautilus (3.32.0) -- --
NVIDIA (418.56) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6 3.6
openjdk (12.0.1) -- --
openssh (8.0p1) -- --
openssl (1.1.1b) -- --
perl (5.28.2) -- --
php (7.3.4) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.15.4) -- --
postfix (3.4.5) -- --
postgresql (11.2) -- --
Python (3.7.3) -- --
qt (5.12.3) 5.12.1 5.10.1
samba (4.10.2) -- --
systemd (242) -- --
thunderbird (60.6.1) 60.6.1 52.9.0
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.1
vlc (3.0.6) 3.0.6 2.2.8
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- --
xorg-server (1.20.4) 1.18.4 1.18.4

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for NomadBSD

Average rating
from 8 review(s)

What are your thoughts on NomadBSD?
Please include a few pros and a few cons, along with your overall impression of the operating system.
Our FAQ page has tips on writing a good mini-review.


Rating:    out of 10

Comments (maximum 2,040 characters):

Past reviews - sort by:

Version: 1.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-04-22
Votes: 0

This Nomad FreeBSD flavor is just amazing!

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes No
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

Was this review helpful? Yes No
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes No

See all 8 reader reviews of NomadBSD...

Copyright (C) 2001 - 2019 Atea Ataroa Limited. All rights reserved. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Privacy policy. Change privacy settings.
DistroWatch.com is hosted at Copenhagen.

Contact, corrections and suggestions: Jesse Smith
Tips: BTC 1J5s35r7v8L3k2zmr3JmUfydzvdnsiNXm2 • PayPal.me/distrowatchweekly