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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.

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GhostBSD Summary
Distribution GhostBSD
Home Page http://www.ghostbsd.org/
Mailing Lists http://sourceforge.net/p/ghostbsdproject/mailman/
User Forums http://forums.ghostbsd.org/
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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...

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 •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 (9.12.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.12.1)
chromium (66.0.3359.181) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (66.0.3359.181)
cups (2.2.7) 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 (2.2.7)
dhcp (4.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) 1.43.7 1.42.13 1.42.12 -- -- 1.42.6 1.41.14 -- -- -- e2fsprogs (1.44.2)
firefox (60.0.1) 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 (60.0.1)
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 (2.10.2) -- -- -- -- 2.8.6 -- -- -- 2.6.9 -- gimp (2.10.2)
glibc (2.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.27)
gnome-shell (3.28.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.28.2)
gnucash (3.1-1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.1-1)
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 (2.4.33) -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.23 2.2.21 -- -- -- httpd (2.4.33)
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.04.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (18.04.1)
kmod (25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.0.3)                     krita (4.0.3)
libreoffice (6.0.4) 5.3.7 5.0.6 4.3.7 4.2.5 4.0* 3.5.7 3.4.4 -- -- -- libreoffice (6.0.4)
linux (4.16.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.16.10)
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 (10.2.15) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.15)
mate-desktop (1.20.1) 1.18.0 1.12.1 1.10.1 1.6.1 1.6.0 -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.1)
mesa (18.1.0) 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 (18.1.0)
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 (390.48) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (390.48)
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 (5.26.2) 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 (5.26.2)
php (7.2.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.2.5)
plasma-desktop (5.12.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.12.5)
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.3.1)
postgresql (10.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (10.4)
Python (3.6.5) 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 (3.6.5)
qt (5.10.1) 5.7.1 5.5.1 5.4.1 -- 4.8.4 4.8.2 -- -- -- -- qt (5.10.1)
samba (4.8.2) 4.4.15 3.6.25 3.6.25 3.6.24 -- -- -- -- 3.4.8 3.4.5 samba (4.8.2)
systemd (238) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (238)
thunderbird (52.8.0) 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 (52.8.0)
vim (8.1) 8.0 7.4 7.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- 2.0.7 2.0.4 -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.2)
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: 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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Version: 11.1
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-02-14
Votes: 31


I'm using GhostBSD MATE and I have to congratulate whoever have created this distro based on FreeBSD. By far, it's the best user-friendly BSD I have tried... It reminds me of Linux Mint. Maybe this is the Linux Mint of the BSD's family? I don't know really but you guys have done a create job on it. Of course it isn't perfect, but it's way better than TrueOS or the pure FreeBSD. Very, very pleasant to use. As a BSD it can be a great pick for desktop users. I never thought I would recommend a BSD to someone who wanted to use a distro for desktop.

Pros:
- Really user-friendly and good-looking BSD distro
- It brings only the essential. For some reason, it reminds me Peppermint OS.
- So damn fast and responsive.
- Nice package manager
- It detected my printer without any problems.
- Default fonts are cool!
- Low RAM usage: 250 to 350 MB
- You don't need to compile nothing.

Cons:
- The panel icons changes its position everytime I reboot the system, it gets messed up and it's annoying to set up everything again
- Some inconsistencies and slowness when you install some packages using pkg
- Some programs have missing icons
- It takes longer to boot up compared to some linux distros, maybe its because it isn't using systemd
- Everytime I open OctoPkg it synchronizes databases and it's kind of annoying if you want to install or search for something graphically and fast.
- I didn't like its display manager that forces you to type the user name perfecly, if you have chosen to the user name as Mark you should login as Mark, if you type mark or MARK you won't login and there's no option visible for automatic login.


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Version: 10.3
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-01-10
Votes: 7


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


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