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GhostBSD provides a simple desktop-oriented operating system based on FreeBSD with MATE and OS packages for simplicity. In addition, GhostBSD has a selection of commonly used software preinstalled to make it easy on your computing journey.

GhostBSD uses the GTK environment to provide a beautiful look and a comfortable experience on the modern BSD platform, offering a natural and native Unix work environment.

GhostBSD is built on top of FreeBSD code, and its roots go back to the University of California Berkeley Unix Research. Historically, it was referred to as "BSD Unix" or "Berkeley Unix." However, today it is called BSD for Berkeley Software Distribution.

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If you want to try BSD, GhostBSD might be your best bet


GhostBSD offers the user-friendly MATE desktop environment.

BSD, or Berkeley Software Distribution (aka Berkeley Standard Distribution) is a discontinued operating system that was based on Research Unix. Originally called Berkeley UNIX, BSD was first developed in the late 70s and then, in the early 80s, it was adopted by some workstation vendors as an alternative to DEC Ultrix and Sun Microsystem's SunOS.

Eventually, BSD faded away but the code remained behind. In the early 90s, William and Lynne Jolitz developed a new port of BSD for Intel CPUs, calling their operating system 386BSD. Development for 386BSD slowed and eventually stalled. It was then that a small group of 386BSD users decided to keep the OS up to date, renaming the project FreeBSD and releasing the first iteration on November 1993.

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Over the years, I've toyed with FreeBSD, but it has received a mere fraction of my attention (compared to Linux). Part of the reason for that is FreeBSD isn't the most efficient operating system to install. Out of the box, FreeBSD installs as a command-line-only OS, for which you then have to jump through a few hoops to get a desktop environment installed. 

Case in point, I was originally going to review FreeBSD but ran into trouble getting a desktop environment up and running as a VirtualBox virtual machine. I've done this before with a measure of success. But for some reason, the latest releases of both FreeBSD and GNOME aren't wanting to play well together.

After spending an hour or so attempting to get GNOME up and running on FreeBSD, I set that aside for now. Because I can be persistent, I decided to find a FreeBSD spin that makes it fairly easy for just about anyone to experience what a truly rock-solid operating system is.

The solution was GhostBSD .

GhostBSD uses the Mate desktop to create a user-friendly environment that is easy enough for anyone to use. You'll even find a GUI tool (called Software Station) for package management, which means you can work with GhostBSD without ever touching the command line. From the Software Station, you can install just about anything you need (even apps like Slack and Spotify).


Installing software with the GhostBSD Software Station.

Pre-installed software

Out of the box, you won't find a ton of pre-installed software. From the MATE menu, you'll find applications such as:

The standard MATE tools (such as Calculator, Font Viewer, Search Tool, Disk Usage Analyzer, System Monitor, and Terminal)

  • Eye of MATE Image Viewer
  • Transmission (BitTorrent client)
  • Evolution (email/calendar/contacts/to-do)
  • Atril Document Viewer
  • Rhythmbox (music player)
  • VLC Media Player
  • Software Station (GUI frontend for the pkg package manager)

Other than a handful of utilities and system tools, that's it. As I mentioned earlier, thanks to the Software Station, you can install plenty of other applications.

My experience with GhostBSD

I was pleasantly surprised by how well GhostBSD performed. No, it's not as fast as, say, Fedora 39, but what you get in place of speed is as rock-solid an operating system as you'll ever experience.

That is not an overstatement. FreeBSD has long been heralded as one of the most reliable operating systems and is probably only bested by Slackware. And GhostBSD follows in those rather large shoes, while also making FreeBSD a bit more accessible to the average user.

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The developers of GhostBSD took the right path on the desktop front by opting for MATE. Why? Because MATE is a user interface that will make anyone feel immediately at home. It has a top-bar menu system, a bottom panel to house minimized applications and the workspace pager, a system tray, and desktop launchers. 

In the top bar menu system, you'll find three menus:

  • Applications - where you launch any of the installed applications.
  • Place - where you can easily access folders and locations like Home, Desktop, Computer, Network, etc.
  • System - where you access the system tools, such as the updater, various preferences, the Control Center, and the power options (lock screen, log out, and shutdown).


You can access all kinds of helpful tools from the System menu in the top bar.

Although I mentioned that GhostBSD isn't as speedy as Fedora 39, that's not to say it's a slouch. This FreeBSD spin is pretty fast. Applications open quickly, boots and reboots don't take as long as what you're used to (aka Windows or MacOS), upgrades don't take too long, and network connections are as fast as you are accustomed to on your LAN.

ZDNET's recommendation

I have zero complaints about GhostBSD. That this operating system greatly simplifies the installation and usage of FreeBSD says it all and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend GhostBSD to anyone who places a high priority on stability because you'd be hard-pressed to find a more rock-solid operating system than this.

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If that sounds like you, head over to the GhostBSD site, download an ISO , and install it on a spare machine (or virtual machine). I'm fairly confident you'll be impressed.


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GhostBSD – A Simple Unix-like Desktop OS Based on FreeBSD

Brief: This article describes the basic instructions on installing GhostBSD using the graphical installer using DVD / USB method.

GhostBSD is an open-source Unix-like desktop operating system created upon the most recent release version of FreeBSD. GhostBSD purpose is to make the experience of FreeBSD easy and obtainable for the regular computer user by providing MATE and XFCE as the default desktop environment, but as of now, MATE is the only official DE.

GhostBSD comes with a graphical application to install software and updates, and most of the multimedia codes are pre-installed. The installer advantage OpenZFS makes it easy to install GhostBSD on ZFS with another operating system on the same disk and is appropriate for beginners who are new to FreeBSD.

With modest hardware requirements, GhostBSD is excellent for modern workstations and 64-bit single-board computer hardware.

Recently, the GhostBSD project has announced the availability of GhostBSD 22.06.18 , which is the new release that comes with a number of new improved features, better Nvidia driver support, and a number of desktop utilities.

System Requirements

The following are the recommended requirements.

  • 64-bit processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 15 GB of free hard drive space
  • Network access

Let’s get started…

Installation of GhostBSD Operating System

1. First go to the official GhostBSD site and download the Mate Desktop installer for your system architecture, the installer media comes in iso format. So, select and download the installer image as per your choice and proceed further with the installation.

2. After downloading the GhostBSD installer image, create a bootable DVD using any third-party bootable software, or if you’re using a USB stick for this installation, you can create a bootable USB stick by using Unetbootin LiveUSB Creator or using any of these bootable USB creator tools.

3. After making bootable DVD / USB media, insert the GhostBSD Desktop installer and boot the system using DVD or USB and make sure to set boot priority as DVD or USB in BIOS. After a successful boot, you will be greeted with a boot screen.

GhostBSD Boot Menu

Here you will get options to choose from. If nothing is selected, it will load the graphical installer default. Here we’re using graphical installation, so choose “ Install GhostBSD “.

Choose GhostBSD Install

4. The first initial screen shows the default language as English , you can use the drop-down menu to set the desired language for your installation and click next to continue.

GhostBSD Language

5. Next select a keyboard layout and a model from the menu.

GhostBSD Keyboard Layout

6. Setting the correct time zone for your system as per your location will allow it to automatically correct for any regional time changes and carry out other time zone-related functions properly.

GhostBSD Timezone

7. Select the installation type by choosing “ full disk configuration “.

GhostBSD Installation Type

8. Choose the disk where GhostBSD is to be installed.

GhostBSD Installation Disk

9. Select an available boot option.

GhostBSD Boot Option

10. Next, set your system root password which is required for system administration tasks such as installing software, configuring the system, and changing user settings.

GhostBSD Root Password

11. Adding a user, setting system hostname and shell.

GhostBSD User Account

Once everything seems perfect, you can click Next to Start the installation.

GhostBSD Install

12. Once installation finishes, click the Restart button to reboot your GhostBSD installation.

GhostBSD Installation Finishes

That’s it! we’ve successfully installed the GhostBSD operating system.

In a Unix-like operating system, it’s very rare to see a good mint look like a desktop environment, GhostBSD has fulfilled our need for Unix based desktop environment under an open-source license.

GhostBSD comes with lots of packages that can be installed offline and online from the GhostBSD repository. If you’ve any issues with setup, feel free to leave your comments using our comment box below.

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Not actually linux distro review deux: ghostbsd, freebsd-derived ghostbsd welcomes users directly into a full desktop experience..

Jim Salter - Apr 13, 2020 10:00 am UTC

If you're interested in the BSD experience but want an easier, direct-to-the-desktop experience, GhostBSD has you covered. This screenshot is of GhostBSD's live desktop and graphical installation environment.

Further Reading

I think it's important for BSD-curious users to know of easier, gentler alternatives, so I did a little looking around and settled on GhostBSD for a follow-up review.

GhostBSD is based on TrueOS , which itself derives from FreeBSD Stable. It was originally a Canadian distro, but—like most successful distributions—it has transcended its country of origin and can now be considered worldwide. Significant GhostBSD development takes place now in Canada, Italy, Germany, and the United States.

The history of desktop-oriented BSD distros is a turbulent one. For several years, Kris Moore's PC-BSD was the go-to for "I want BSD, but I also want a ready-to-go desktop." Eventually, ixSystems —home of the  FreeNAS  storage distro, and the company Moore is vice president of engineering for—came to rely heavily on the server-side features developed into PC-BSD.

The need at ixSystems for the foundation of PC-BSD without the associated desktop led to a rename and a fork. PC-BSD's underpinnings became TrueOS, and the desktop-friendly distribution—now based on TrueOS—became Project Trident .

This state of affairs didn't last long. A year later, Project Trident declared unhappiness with TrueOS and BSD in general—mostly due to hardware support, or lack thereof. In January 2020, Trident  rebased itself on Void Linux , which its developers found to be "the most BSD-like" of the potential Linux upstream distros they examined.

Project Trident's departure for more Linux-y waters left several potential contenders for a desktop-focused BSD distribution. These include  FuryBSD , MidnightBSD , DesktopBSD , and GhostBSD itself.

I've tested PC-BSD fairly extensively in the past but have no history with any of the current desktop BSD choices. I chose GhostBSD for a first look, solely due to its prominence in Google search results for "desktop BSD distro."

Live installation environment

  • GhostBSD starts up with a nice BSD-style ASCII splash and menu. Jim Salter
  • The next menu allows you to pick a GPU video driver configuration. We're in a VM, so I picked vesa here. Jim Salter
  • After selecting vesa video, I was at a fully functional live desktop in two seconds or less. Jim Salter

GhostBSD's installation process is a pretty radical departure from FreeBSD's, although the underlying roots are still there. After defaulting or selecting multi-user boot, the user is presented with an ncurses  ASCII menu allowing X (the graphical display server) configuration.

It's a bit of a shame that the installer isn't yet capable of simply autodetecting the graphics environment the way typical Linux installers do. But to be fair, the manual selection could also make things easier for slightly wonky hardware—the option to fallback to simple vesa mode is staring you right in the face, after all, should you try a direct Intel/AMD/Nvidia driver and fail.

I'm doing an installation in a virtual machine, so I selected vesa. Two seconds or less after hitting enter, a fully functional MATE -based live desktop was up and running, with a link to the installer script prominently placed on the desktop. I didn't mess around in the live desktop—I double-clicked the installer immediately.


  • GhostBSD's installer, like FreeBSD's, offers you the chance for ZFS root—including multiple-disk topologies. Jim Salter
  • GhostBSD doesn't offer a fake "raid10 vdev". I picked a single mirror for now—I can add my second two disks to the pool after installation. Jim Salter
  • GhostBSD doesn't pretend that a real user account is "optional"—we're required to create one, and the process is short and sweet. Jim Salter
  • With disk configuration and user setup complete, we're off to the races! Jim Salter
  • GhostBSD missed a minor lick here—after installation completes, it doesn't ask us to reboot. It just dumps us unceremoniously back out to the desktop. Jim Salter

GhostBSD's installation process is tremendously more straightforward than FreeBSD's. After double-clicking the installer, you're asked to select a disk configuration. Like FreeBSD, we're offered the chance for a ZFS root setup, including multiple disk topology.

The mouse was, for some reason, extremely unresponsive and erratic in this menu and required significant patience. This is probably an artifact of the VM installation; I strongly suspect it would not have been an issue on bare metal.

The options I was given here were a little different from FreeBSD's. Instead of telling me little white lies about what a vdev is, GhostBSD asked me to select a "pool type." The options available were single disk, two disk mirror, three disk RAIDz1 (similar to RAID5—a stripe with single parity), four or five disk RAIDz2 (similar to RAID6—a stripe with dual parity), or "2+ disk stripe."

"Force ZFS 4K block size" is an optional checkbox here, and I made sure it was selected. My disks are advanced format (4K sector size) disks, so if ZFS installs with 512-byte sectors, performance will be bad. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that the checkbox setting was actually honored—more on that later.

Although I wanted a pool of mirrors eventually, one two-disk mirror was fine for the moment. I selected a single two-disk mirror, with plans to zpool add  my remaining two disks as another mirror vdev after installation completed.

With disk configuration complete, GhostBSD asked me to create a user account. It did not present this as an "optional" process, and it didn't drag the process out, either. Hostname, friendly username, real username, password, and default shell are all configured on a single screen, along with a password strength identifier. The default shell offered was fish—I don't know fish, but I left it as-is to get the normal out-of-box experience.

Like just about every password strength identifier, the one in GhostBSD's user setup screen was pretty useless—it informed me that "Password1!" was a strong password. Oh, well.

With both the machine and myself named and a nice "strong" password entered, GhostBSD got on with the process of installing itself. Installation did not take very long.

Although this was in general a very simple, easy, and friendly setup experience, GhostBSD's installer dropped a minor note at the very end. Once the installer had finished, it just dumped me back out at the desktop, without offering to reboot—and without letting me know I'd need to reboot, in order to get into my freshly installed system.

This isn't likely to throw many people who are actually interested in trying out a BSD, of course—but it's an easy paper cut to fix.

  • Rebooting brings you into a fresh new MATE environment. Although... something's missing. Hmm— Jim Salter
  • I installed Firefox using pkg in the terminal, but it didn't show up on the desktop—and I still hadn't figured out what I was missing. So I browsed to it in /usr/local/bin. Jim Salter
  • Now that I'd confirmed where Firefox was, I right-clicked an empty spot on the desktop to create a launcher for it. Jim Salter
  • Ta-da! We've got a launcher for Firefox on the desktop, and it works—as does Firefox. Jim Salter

First boot into the new GhostBSD system was a bit of a mixed bag. GhostBSD booted rapidly and got right into the desktop. Applications also popped open instantly, with none of FreeBSD's feeling of lag or sluggishness.

The question was, where were the application launchers? I didn't realize it yet, but the top MATE panel had crashed, leaving a blank black bar behind. The empty black panel blended into the default background well enough that I spent a confused first few minutes thinking the system was just a bit on the primitive side.

Right-clicking an empty area on the desktop offered me an Open in Terminal  option in the context menu, so I did that. Although I was using fish , an unfamiliar shell, it didn't get in the way—the delete key wasn't a beeping tilde machine like FreeBSD's version of sh , and the basic functionality one would expect from a shell was intact.

From here, I became root with the su  command ( sudo  is also preinstalled and available in GhostBSD). After stumbling once on syntax— pkg install , not pkg add! —installing Firefox from the command line went exactly as it should, and rapidly. GhostBSD uses its own repository—  was preconfigured for me—and it had plenty of bandwidth available.

There was no Firefox icon on the desktop after pkg  finished doing its thing, and I still hadn't twigged to the crashed MATE top panel, so I right-clicked the desktop again. Create Launcher  is another of the context menu options there, so I did that, browsed to /usr/local/bin , and presto—there was a shiny new Firefox icon on the desktop, which did just what it should.

Firefox's application launch was very snappy, again unlike my experience with FreeBSD and Gnome3. In fact, Firefox launched on GhostBSD a bit quicker than it does in my host operating system, Ubuntu 19.10.

Finding the missing bits

  • Eventually I realized why something seemed missing—the blank black bar at the top of the desktop was a crashed panel. Jim Salter
  • Firefox WAS available in a user-friendly way after pkg installation—it was in Applications, inside the crashed MATE panel I hadn't recognized. Jim Salter
  • Diving back into the terminal, I add my second two disks to the pool. Unfortunately, I also notice GhostBSD didn't live up to its promise to use 4K sectors. Jim Salter

I was still frustrated with how primitive everything seemed, however snappy. Surely everything didn't need to be done by hand like this? And where were the system tools—a GUI-based package selection system, volume controls, and so forth?

Finally, I spotted the small black area at the top of the desktop and right-clicked it. This produced a new context menu, most importantly including Reset Panel . Oh, hey, how about that—there's all my missing functionality!

With the panel reset, it was obvious what the procedure was  supposed to be here. A new user should have been able to click the Applications menu, go to Internet, and find Firefox in there. A single-click opens Firefox from the panel; a right-click offers the option to create a new launcher for it either on the desktop or in the top panel itself.

This is also where missing tools like system information, volume controls, and so forth had been lurking. GhostBSD suddenly felt a lot more functional—it had just needed one shrewd kick to get going.

With everything working properly, next I dove back into the MATE Terminal to add my remaining pair of disks. Before doing so, I checked ashift , the ZFS property that defines the minimum block size on disk. Unfortunately, despite having made certain the "Force ZFS 4K block size" option was checked during installation, I discovered ashift  set to 9—meaning 2^9, or 512-byte sectors.

As snappy as GhostBSD felt so far, it would have been even better if it had been using the correct hardware blocksize like I asked it to. Fortunately, the VM's underlying storage is a very fast solid state pool, so the omission hadn't made things too painful.

Unfortunately, ashift  is immutable once set. So I sighed, did a  zpool add tank mirror /dev/vtbd2 /dev/vtbd3  to get my remaining pair of virtual disks added to the pool, and went on my way.

The disk sector size issue would have been a much bigger disappointment—and problem!—in real life, but it wasn't worth derailing a VM test for.

A quick look at GhostBSD's Control Center

  • GhostBSD's Control Center offers links to administrative tasks, such as printing, audio, and software installation. Jim Salter
  • Software Station is GhostBSD's graphical package manager. It's functional, but primitive as a desktop app—we can't resize its over-wide columns here. Jim Salter
  • Software Station is organized into categories FreeBSD veterans will immediately recognize from the ports tree. We found gimp under graphics, checked it, and clicked Apply to install. Jim Salter
  • A much-too-understated progress bar at the bottom shows us our progress installing Gimp. Jim Salter

Most of GhostBSD's MATE Control Center is quite pleasant and modern. One unfortunate exception is Software Station, GhostBSD's GUI-based package management app.

I don't want to oversell Software Station's problems, here—it's perfectly functional, although it is a bit primitive and could use a considerable amount of developer love. In particular, it desperately needs resizable columns.

Software Station is broken into categories that veteran FreeBSD users will immediately recognize from the ports tree. Each package's information is broken out into fixed-width columns—and the ones for Package Name, Version, and Size are all significantly wider than necessary. As a result, very little of the package descriptions are visible without scrolling horizontally right.

The Package Name column is littered with names like at-spi2-atk , eflite , py37-atspi , and so forth. Those names must be brief for command line management, but they won't mean much to a new user—or to many well-established users. Scrolling horizontally all the way right to read the friendly package description, in turn, hides everything but the version number and size.

Again, to be fair, we're in a VM here—and its resolution, 1024x768, would be absurdly low on bare metal. Much more data would be visible without scrolling on a full 1080p desktop. On the other hand, a budget laptop's 1366x768 display would have been nearly as cramped as this one.

Adding insult to injury, GhostBSD's vesa driver wouldn't let me choose a higher resolution than 1024x768 at all. Again, this wouldn't likely be an issue on real hardware—but it wouldn't have been an issue in a typical Linux VM, either.


GhostBSD is a perfectly reasonable choice for a desktop distribution. It still lags behind most of its mainstream Linux counterparts in one or two places, but I didn't discover any real show-stoppers or WTFs.

There were no obvious performance issues, and GhostBSD might in fact have been a little snappier than Ubuntu 19.10, the host operating system it was virtualized under. Audio worked out of the box, and with Firefox installed, YouTube videos played well.

Google Chrome is still going to be a no-go under GhostBSD—at least without truly Herculean efforts. I did search for Chrome installation stories, but all I found were "you can't have that under BSD" answers. This won't matter for YouTube, but it will present significant stumbling blocks for users who need Chrome plugins or streaming websites that depend on proprietary Chrome features.

I liked GhostBSD's ZFS installer dialog much better than FreeBSD's—but I was deeply disappointed in its failure to honor its own "Force ZFS 4K block size" checkbox. That would have been a major stumbling block and source of performance problems on a real installation and real hardware.

Most disks will truthfully report their own block size, and ZFS will honor it—but some, like the Samsung Pro SSDs in my workstation, lie through their teeth and claim to have 512 byte sectors. This is a legacy of Windows XP, which would cough up a hairball when presented with a disk with any hardware blocksize other than 512 byte.

A veteran ZFS user could likely work around the block size issue. We didn't test this specifically, but it should be relatively simple to pull a terminal after pool creation and before installation, destroy the pool GhostBSD created, and replace it with a new one with the proper ashift  setting.

Absent a specific desire for BSD under the hood, I'd have a tough time recommending GhostBSD in place of one of the more mainstream Linux distributions. But that's a pretty high bar to hurdle, and I would  not have any issues recommending GhostBSD to a user—even one new to Unix-like operating systems—who does specifically want a BSD-based desktop.

Most of the few warts I found in GhostBSD are eminently fixable, and polish is clearly important to its community and dev team. I suspect that the majority of the issues I discovered in this review will be fixed in its next release.

  • GhostBSD's installer is pleasant, efficient, and mostly modern
  • The MATE environment is well-fleshed out and functional
  • The environment feels quick and snappy, without lag or sluggishness
  • Going from zero to desktop is possible even for very new users
  • As polished as GhostBSD is, it still lags behind mainstream Linux counterparts
  • Support for proprietary user-focused software, like Chrome, is effectively nonexistent
  • A new user who doesn't already "have BSD friends" will have a tougher time finding support
  • Crashed MATE top panel on first boot
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  • Software Station is primitive and difficult to navigate by modern standards

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GhostBSD Review: Simple and Lightweight

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Because there are so many different options out there for your free and open-source operating system, it can be hard to figure out what the best option is for you. Sifting between Linux distros is difficult – Debian and its derivatives, Ubuntu and its derivatives, Fedora, Arch, openSUSE, the list goes on. However, what if the best choice for you isn’t actually technically Linux? Here we review GhostBSD, a FreeBSD-based Unix OS designed for a simple desktop experience, to see if it’s the right fit for you.

Also read: Linux vs. BSD: Everything You Need to Know

GhostBSD First Impressions

One of the things that always strikes me when trying out a BSD OS is how similar they often feel. I know that Linux and BSD are both “Unix-like” operating systems, but it’s easy to forget that because the source code for things like GNOME, or in GhostBSD’s case MATE , are free and open, they’re easily ported to other operating systems like GhostBSD. It helps me focus on the changes that are meaningful, like how GhostBSD works under the hood and the choices the project made to accomplish the mission of providing a simple desktop OS for general use.

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I immediately felt welcomed by GhostBSD. Aside from the techno-mumbo-jumbo that you get on first boot, where you have to choose how to start the system, it’s great to see that there’s a friendly-looking theme and presentation about the OS. It feels very much like a FOSS desktop OS that I’m used to, but it’s still reasonably friendly to use. This is important because giving your grandparents something that you’re familiar with on a laptop or desktop is a great way to help them out, but if it’s something that’s user-hostile in some way, they’ll just keep using their tablet that’s too small for them to see.

The GhostBSD Installation Process

Something I dislike about GhostBSD is the installation process. There isn’t an icon to install, so you have to jump into the terminal and run the gbi command. This method of getting to the installer is definitely not so user-friendly, leaving you to have to find the documentation to get it installed onto your system’s drive. I do find this a bit of a letdown.

The installer itself is also geared more toward a power user. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up with a configuration that you don’t really want. For example, if you have another OS installed on your disk (very common with first-time users), it defaults to a full-disk installation rather than slotting into the open space on your disk, like Fedora would with its Anaconda installer, for example. Plus, you’d end up with Fish rather than Bash for your default shell, which isn’t great for beginners, as there are tons of guides written on Bash that may or may not work with Fish.

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GhostBSD User Experience

Overall, as a Linux user, it’s easy to find my way around GhostBSD. The MATE desktop is familiar to me, as are most of the tools available in the OS. I particularly like that there are already four virtual desktops preconfigured, as those are now an integral part of my workflow and are what ultimately keep me drawn back to Linux and BSD.

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Another virtue of the desktop environments that we love is the ability to customize and tweak to suit different needs. For example, you can move the titlebar buttons for close, minimize, and maximize from the right side to the left if you’d like, which is nice for macOS users.

There are also freedoms associated with updates and update mechanisms – you can either use pkg like you might use apt or dnf from the command line in Linux or use the GUI package management tools.

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The applications that are installed are all necessary. It’s exactly what you might expect to find in your typical lean open-source desktop OS configuration, with no frills and just the essential applications.

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There is not much to remark on with the user experience – it is a very simple and friendly version of the MATE desktop that’s designed to be light on system resources and simple to use. Overall, I think there is no way you could go wrong.

Make sure you check out some of our other Distro reviews, like Deepin , Clear Linux , or MX Linux .

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Traditional unix sanity plus your choice of mate or xfce.

The first new version of GhostBSD in over a year is here. If you want to try FreeBSD, Linux's most credible rival and competitor in the FOSS OS marketplace, there's no easier way.

GhostBSD, now at version 23.10.1 based on FreeBSD 13.2, has been around since 2010. Although the project has gone through some changes in that time, it is once again what it started out as – a distribution of FreeBSD that provides the sort of friendly graphical environment and easy installation modern Linux users have come to expect.

It boots straight into a graphical desktop and has an easy graphical installation program, which has been basic in Linux for a decade and a half, but remains unexplored territory in BSD-land.

GhostBSD with MATE provides a familiar environment which old-time GNOME users will find comfortable.

GhostBSD with MATE provides a familiar environment which old-time GNOME users will find comfortable

From 2018 to 2021, GhostBSD switched to being a downstream distribution of TrueOS instead, and changed its version numbering scheme. Version 11.1 was succeeded by the TrueOS-based version 18.10. True OS was itself an easy-to-use graphical distribution of FreeBSD. Originally called PC-BSD, in 2006 it was acquired by TrueNAS creators iXsystems , renamed to TrueOS in 2016, and shut down in 2020. Subsequently, the GhostBSD team switched back to FreeBSD itself with version 21.04.27. So this is a relatively mature distro with some 27 releases over 13 years.

TrueOS – as its rather bombastic name suggests – was an ambitious project that made some substantial additions over and above the basic FreeBSD OS, developing its own desktop environment called Lumina and its own software packaging system, PBI. To be fair, when the project started, FreeBSD didn't include a package manager. The current one became official as of FreeBSD 10.

GhostBSD is somewhat more modest in scope than its former upstream. It offers just two of the most mainstream traditional desktops from the Linux world, MATE and Xfce. These two editions are separate downloads, and both are a great deal more complete than the very minimal Lumina desktop, which is barely more than a window and file manager. GhostBSD adds some of the standard tools that Linux users are familiar with – Firefox, VLC, and the Transmission BitTorrent client, plus the desktops' usual collections of accessories.

The Software Station is a little unpolished but it's a lot easier than navigating the `ports` tree from the shell.

The Software Station is a little unpolished but it's a lot easier than navigating the 'ports' tree from the shell

It also provides some simple but useful system admin tools: a system update tool, a preferences app called Control Center, a graphical package manager called Software Station, and some of the other basic niceties that Linux take for granted but are still a novelty in the mostly text-oriented BSD world. The default shell is fish , although Bash is also available. Because this is FreeBSD, the default filesystem is ZFS.

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The Reg FOSS desk has been experimenting with GhostBSD since the last release, and we can report that it's substantially easier to install and configure than FreeBSD itself. We have been attempting to brush up our very meagre BSD skills since we looked at FreeBSD 13.1 last year, and now have a native bare-metal install on an old Thinkpad T420, where it runs very nicely indeed. Getting it to dual-boot cleanly alongside both Windows and Linux on our testbed machines has, thus far, defeated us – but GhostBSD made this achievable, even if with last June's version it wasn't exactly easy .

GhostBSD 23.10 is based on the latest full FreeBSD release, version 13.2, although it has arrived perilously close to FreeBSD 14, which is still in Release Candidate status – currently expected next week.

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There aren't many other FreeBSD distros around. There was FuryBSD, but that project shut down in 2020, although a distro based on it, known as the Hello System , is still going. There is also Midnight BSD – we took a very brief look six months ago, and found little to recommend. Finally there's Nomad BSD , but that's a slightly different beast, designed to run directly from a bootable USB key rather than being permanently installed onto a PC.

As such, GhostBSD is the easiest and most polished desktop version of FreeBSD around – but bear in mind that there really isn't much competition. The Hello System has great promise, but it hasn't got to version 1.0 yet, and the last release is missing features that were present in version 0.5 , such as a desktop dock.

FreeBSD is quite different from Linux, and even experienced Linux users will find themselves lost sometimes. A lot of familiar tools are missing, such as this vulture's favorite shell text editor Tilde – but GhostBSD does offer other familiar subsitutes, such as joe and nano . However, as vast sprawling modern subsystems such as systemd, snap, Wayland, and Flatpak take over more and more of Linux, FreeBSD offers a refuge where you will find traditional Unix sanity. And for now, GhostBSD is by far the easiest way to put it on a PC alongside some other operating systems. ®

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The 7 Best BSD-Based Operating Systems of All Time

When it comes to open-source OSes, you can choose between Linux and BSD. Here are some of the best BSD-based distributions you can install for free.

Bell Labs' Unix source code inspired the creation of Berkeley Software Distribution, commonly known as BSD. Ever since, BSD has spawned a long list of distros that empowered open-source computing back in the 90s.

Despite being similar to the more general-purpose Linux, Unix commands a demographic of its own. Today, BSD systems are operating under the hood of modern computing and have even inspired the codebase for premium desktop and non-desktop platforms.

So, which BSD distros are standing the test of time? The following seven distro options will give you an inkling into this question.

FreeBSD dates back to 1993; however, in 2002, the distro was reconfigured to meet the new millennium's computing needs.

FreeBSD is a 4.4BSD-Lite release and packs enhancements from the Lite2 release. It gives you access to a repository containing a staggering 20,000 packages for various use cases.

Currently, at version 12.3, FreeBSD is meant explicitly for computing on i386, amd64, IA-64, ARM, MIPS, PowerPC, ppc64, PC-98, and UltraSPARC platforms.

FreeBSD finds its use in the modern age for embedded platform computing. Ideally, it is also used in networking and server deployment, storage, security, and more.

Download : FreeBSD

OpenBSD is a developer-centric platform that gives Unix users a community-improved, open-source OS solution.

OpenBSD’s latest version, 7.0, is ideal for processor architectures such as i386, alpha, landisk, loongson, luna88k, OCTEON, PowerPC, PowerPC64, RISC64, sgi, socppc, SPARC, SPARC64, x86_64, Zaurus, and many more.

The diverse architecture support shows that OpenBSD promotes portable advanced computing and engineering. It finds use in cybersecurity, encryption, cryptography, and end-to-end server engineering.

Many OpenBSD codebases are used to extend Windows and macOS functionalities, and the developers highly stress using its codebase components for different development forms.

Download : OpenBSD

NetBSD is an open-source, Unix-like, portable operating system that powers everything from servers to embedded platforms and video gaming consoles.

This open-source distro runs under the hood of consoles, including the likes of SEGA Dreamcast. Like FreeBSD, NetBSD also finds practicality in systems engineering and embedded systems.

Developers rely on NetBSD's cross-compiling framework to create custom OSes using components from other systems.

NetBSD supports amd64 and i386 devices like 64-bit x86-family machines or 32-bit x86-family generic machines with AMD or Intel CPUs. It also caters to ARM systems such as the Raspberry Pi, PINE64, ODROID, and ServerReady.

Download : NetBSD

Related: NetBSD Explained: The Unix System That Can Run on Anything

4. DragonFly BSD

DragonFly BSD is an OS based on Unix source and API code. The distro floated to prominence with its standout features, including the HAMMER filesystem, which supports in-built mirroring and historic accessibility.

DragonFly packs a powerful kernel with efficient SMP mechanisms for delivering high-performance and server-side transactional computing.

DragonFly BSD’s extensive VFS, user, process, threading, and storage subsystems user support is unparalleled. Embracing the BSD ethic, DragonFly directly gives users access to many applications in binary and source form.

Through community participation, the distro has reached version 6.0.1 at the time of this writing.

Download : DragonFly BSD

5. GhostBSD

Users searching for a more user-friendly Unix-based OS should feel right at home with GhostBSD. The distro is built and powered by FreeBSD, and it incorporates some excellent components from the now-defunct TrueOS.

As a distribution, GhostBSD gives you the power of a Unix-like kernel, but with standard MATE packages.

The GTK-aided desktop environments (KDE, GNOME, etc.) welcome users to a neat user interface. Post-installation, you can rest assured you will be spoilt for choices with the pre-installed apps and software.

GhostBSD assures advanced Unix-specific computing needs and more general-purpose office and home computing requirements alike.

The distro comes equipped with slow-rolling releases, which make it different from some of the other well-known names within the BSD gamut. Despite this fact, there is no limitation in terms of stability or release cycles.

Even if you are a novice or beginner in the world of BSD, rest assured, you will find the distro rather easy to use, as compared to some of its counterparts.

Download : GhostBSD

6. MidnightBSD

FreeBSD has given users a myriad of paid and open-source OSes, one of which is MidnightBSD . MidnightBSD features a ready-to-use desktop with open-source software like and GCC, published under GNU step licenses. The familiar Xfce default environment and application setup allow BSD newcomers to dive into the OS for immediate use.

Users can expect a highly optimized desktop environment, which continues to be unintimidating to Unix-system novices. Tasking through MidnightBSD for security, file management, scheduling, etc., is a breeze with its swift user interface. Users can also expect a range of development and server deployment tools for network engineering.

In recent times, MidnightBSD has also integrated features from DragonFly and OpenBSD. MidnightBSD gives users the chance to run the OS on highly customized system configurations and ports. It even synchronizes with newer FreeBSD versions.

Download : MidnightBSD

7. NomadBSD

You can’t negate Linux’s role when thinking about open-source operating systems. In its many distro avatars, Linux offers resourceful OS solutions for various use cases.

However, BSD has constantly challenged Linux’s supremacy as an open-source alternative. NomadBSD is a dark horse, proving to be a worthy addition to the list of alternatives.

NomadBSD is a live, portable Unix-like distro that you can install on flash drives and use repetitively for system repair and data recovery. This not only applies to Unix and Linux systems but to Windows and macOS as well.

The FreeBSD-based codebase allows NomadBSD to immediately detect hardware as soon as you plug it in. You can readily use it for software testing as well.

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Choosing the Best Open-Source BSD Distribution

BSD systems won over users with their powerful kernel, functional system software ecosystem, and permissive licensing (best solution for advanced engineering workstations).

Each of these operating systems is the best within the current generation of open-source Unix-inspired OSes. Given their excellent feature sets and open-source license, they are always a steal, regardless of what purpose you have in mind for them.

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nice review! would you please take ghostbsd 64bit for a ride on some newer machines - h61 board + ivy bridge proc or something similar and share your experience?

Sure. Will try it :). Thanks for liking my review.

Hi, Arindam! I have a second 250 GB HDD in my desktop (it still have the Win Vistainstalled on; the machine came with it). I thought use it to test something "special" like BSD or Gentoo. Maybe will give it a try... BTW, arindam, let me make you a suggestion: if possible to include in your reviews how the distros are working in dual (or multiple) boot. With Windows and/or other Linux distros. Ok, I know it means an "extra work"... :) But it is a very important point since almost nobody in the Linux world is running only one distro. Last week I gave a try to Sabayon 11. I had to made a trick in the disk partitioning (from Windows) in order to be able to install it. Ok, istalled, but no way to boot Windows even though it's listed in GRUBs menu! Well... GRUB2... I don't like it!... In my opinion the legacy GRUB is much better. BTW, I think it might be useful too a mention of which GRUB is. Returning to BSD, I don't know... It sounds interesting...

Hi Ika: Will soon test GhostBSD for dual boot. I guess if you do the partitioning from Linux with gparted, the chances of both OS working is higher. I haven't faced any issues till date with Grub2 and worked fine with me. However, you can please give PCLinuxOS a try. It still continues with legacy grub and has a rolling release. I found BSD really smooth to use but the only issue, perhaps, is compiling apps. Else, the story is good! Regards, Arindam

Just a lil' info on ISO, they provide it just for burning on DVDs. There are also images available for usb boot. I have tried its LXDE version USB image successfully when it was in its RC2 stage. I'm a LXDE fanatic though I like the bling of Unity or Gnome. I prefer LXDE over anything because of it customizability and resource friendliness while being a complete DE. Oh! almost forgot, though a new follower but love your reviews, really helpful for me. Keep up the good work.

Thanks, I'll try downloading the img file. I like LXDE too but XFCE is my preferred DE. And thanks for reading my blog :). Hope in future I'll be able to review some interesting distros to help you keep visiting my blog.

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LXDE is certainly NOT a complete Desktop environment. If you can not drag and drop or right click a menu item and create a desktop shortcut, it is not complete.

I checked that drag-drop works pretty fine on LXLE 14.04 with LXDE DE. Plus, right click on the menu works as well. Seems like things are progressing in the right direction. Please try out LXLE 14.04, it a gem of a distro.

next, PC-BSD?

Will give PC-BSD a shot for sure :).

PC-BSD is definitely worth a shot. I have tried its 9.O version (LXDE for me). And I was pretty happy with it during my use. I think it's a step ahead of GhostBSD.

A PCBSD vs GhostBSD comparison will be nice, I guess.

Second that, would be interested to see how you compare GhostBSD to PC-BSD as they both offer same version of Gnome DE. Nice review(s) , by the way.

Hi, Arindam! ”However, you can please give PCLinuxOS a try. It still continues with legacy grub and has a rolling release.” I don’t give PCLOS any try. I’m using it!!! :D On my desktop is working ok. Nevertheless, on the laptop am experiencing some graphical problems; seems it’s a lack of some newer ATI support... With GRUB2, beside it is ugly and impersonal, the fact is it cannot be configured during the installation process as the legacy GRUB can be, naming: to settle the listed systems and the default OS to boot automatically. Even the Sslackware’s LILO is much better. :) I’m relatively new here as a reader of yours reviews so I’ll ask you: have you ever made a Gentoo one? Regards. Ika.

Cool :). Even I like PCLOS for it's efficiency and functionality. In fact I reviewed a couple of their rolling releases. I am yet to try out Gentoo. Possibly give it a shot sometimes this year and create a custom distro :). How did Gentoo go with you? Regards, Arindam

Don't ask me about Gentoo. I'm really scared to touch it!... :) With my level of knowledge I suppose compiling it will take a week to me. :D I don' know haw to compile something, the kernel for example. And my qustion is: If I start the installation/compile process, can it be interrupted and continue the next day? ('cause I need sleep too :D ) I'm afraid it isn't possible... Or, maybe, I'll start to do that, but I have to move the coffee machine near my computer. :D

hahaha, well said. I guess even I am not ready for Gentoo yet. Will try it sometime later.

You can try this one: "... exGENT Linux can be installed to hard drive in 1 - 5 min. (Depending on computer type). This means that all of you who might hesitate to perform a normal Gentoo installation - which can take up to a couple of days - now have the chance to get this great Linux system on your computers very easy ...":

Thanks, will try out exGent Linux. Sounds pretty interesting.

Thanks for liking my article. Yes, I lost patience while compiling chromium and intentionally avoided it. As far as I remember, GhostBSD installer didn't offer to encrypt partitions. It is quite a common feature in most of the Linux distro installers, but unfortunately is not there in GhostbSD. Thanks, Arindam

adobe doesn't release the flsh plugin for BSD. nspluginwrapper doesn't really work that well, hence the lag with plugin detection

Thanks. It explains that lag I see in plugin detection.

Don't do file search to find a port. Use something like: cd /usr/ports make search name=vlc or make search key=Player Regards Iasen.

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The images for 64-bit and 32-bit computers fit on a >=5GB USB flash drive. A system with a 1.2GHz CPU and 1G of RAM (2G for the ZFS version) should be able to run NomadBSD decently. Booting is possible via BIOS and UEFI.

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We are pleased to present the release of NomadBSD 132R-20231013.

Changes since 20221130

  • The base system has been changed to FreeBSD 13.2-RELEASE-p4.
  • The graphical file search utility Catfish has been added.
  • Turkish translations have been added to the NomadBSD setup.
  • The uniemoji input method has been added to IBus.

NomadBSD 131R-20221130 is now available!

We are pleased to present the release of NomadBSD 131R-20221130.

Changes since 20210508

  • The base system has been changed to FreeBSD 13.1-RELEASE-p5.
  • Except for i386, We now provide two images for each supported architecture. One which uses ZFS and one which uses UFS for the root filesystem.
  • The file systems used on the UFS version are now created with soft updates journaling enabled to reduce file system repair problems after a crash.
  • The automatic graphics driver detection has been improved. Support for VIA/Openchrome has been added. For Nvidia graphics card not supported by one of the Nvidia drivers nv is now used.
  • For better support of non-latin keyboard input and switching between layouts, IBus is now used.
  • The rc script for loading acpi modules has been improved.
  • The display manager SLiM has been replaced by SDDM.
  • In order to reduce image sizes, libreOffice and some multimedia packages have been removed.
  • The kernel has been build with a patch that prevents some laptops from hanging when the hwpstate_intel driver is loaded. See:
  • Turkish localization and support for Opera and Microsoft Edge have been added to the Linux browser installer GUI.
  • An experimental nomadbsd-update tool has been added, which allows to update components of the NomadBSD system.

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NomadBSD 130R-20210508 is now available!

We are pleased to present the release of NomadBSD 130R-20210508.

Changes since 1.4

  • We've decided to change the versioning scheme to the following form: FFfX-YYYYMMDD, where FF is the major two-digit FreeBSD version, f is the minor version, and X stands for ALPHA (A), BETA (B), RC, or RELEASE (R). Followed by a date. The new scheme allows us to provide images with different version of FreeBSD.
  • The base system has been upgraded to FreeBSD 13.0-RELEASE.
  • The partition alignment has been changed to 1M to improve the write speed on flash drives.
  • A bug where GLX is disabled has been fixed.
  • Drivers for VMware have been added.

NomadBSD 1.4 is now available!

We are pleased to present the release of NomadBSD 1.4.

Changes since 1.3.2

  • The base system has been upgraded to FreeBSD 12.2-p4.
  • The installer has been improved.
  • Problems with booting the installed system via UEFI has been fixed.
  • The suitable graphics card driver will now be installed and setup, instead of using the auto-detection on the installed system.
  • Automatic graphics driver detection has been improved
  • The menu has been removed.
  • If no better graphics driver could be found, VESA or SCFB is used.
  • Autodetection will now run only if the system configuration changed since the last successful detection.
  • Autodetection can be disabled via the boot menu in case there is a problem.
  • Touchpad support has been improved
  • If Xorg reports a problem with the touchpad, kern.evdev.rcpt_mask is automatically adjusted to use sysmouse.
  • The tool DSBXinput has been added which allows for easy configuration of touchpads and mice.
  • An rc-script for saving an restoring the display brightness has been added.
  • A GUI for easy installation of the Linux Chrome, Brave and Vivaldi browser has been added. They allow to use streaming services like Netflix , Prime Video , or Spotify .
  • Support for selecting other window managers or desktop environments by pressing <F1> in the graphical login manager ( SLiM ) has been added.
  • wifimgr has been replaced by NetworkMgr .
  • The subsystem for auto-starting applications used by NomadBSD does now conform to the XDG autostart specs
  • The partition which uses the remaining space is now mounted under /data .
  • /compat , /var/tmp , /var/db , and /usr/ports are now nullfs mount points for their counterparts under /data , so that users don't have to create symlinks for those directories anymore.
  • Bad news for i386 users: Since drm-legacy-kmod is now obsolete, there is no i386 support for accelerated graphics for Intel and ATI/AMD cards aymore.

The first release candidate of NomadBSD 1.4 is now available!

We are pleased to present the first release candidate of NomadBSD 1.4.

  • The base system has been upgraded to FreeBSD 12.2-p2.
  • A GUI for easy installation of the Linux Chrome and Brave browser has been added. Both browsers allow to use streaming services like Netflix , Prime Video , or Spotify .
  • /compat , /var/tmp , /var/db/freebsd-update , /var/db/portsnap , and /usr/ports are now nullfs mount points for their counterparts under /data , so that users don’t have to create symlinks for those directories anymore.
  • Bad news for i386 users: Since drm-legacy-kmod is now obsolete, there is no i386 support for accelerated graphics for Intel and ATI/AMD cards anymore.

NomadBSD Forum is back

The NomadBSD is back. Thank you for your patience.

NomadBSD Forum down for maintenance

The NomadBSD is currently down for maintenance.

NomadBSD 1.3.2 Errata available

1.3.2 Errata

NomadBSD 1.3.2 is now available!

Changes since 1.3.1.

  • The base system has been upgraded to FreeBSD 12.1-p6.
  • rtsx-kmod , which is a driver for Realtek card readers, has been added.
  • The ZFS layout used for installing NomadBSD on a harddisk has been changed to allow beactl to back up the boot environment. Thanks to @maurizio-emmex.
  • load_iichid has been added. It is a rc-script, which offers the user, via a dialog (1) menu, to load the experimental iichid driver from sysutils/iichid if it finds a I2C HID.
  • graphics/intel-backlight has been added.
  • A curses menu has been added, which allows user to acknowledge licenses of certain wireless drivers in order to use them.
  • A unionfs_maxfiles rc.conf variable has been added. It controls how many files can be opened on the unionfs.
  • graphics/mirage has been replaced by graphics/viewnior .
  • A patch from 12-STABLE has been added to the acpi_video module, which sends devd events whenever the brightness was changed.
  • brightness_listener has been added. It is a tool that listens in the background on devd events for keypresses of screen brightness buttons and shows the current brightness level using dunst (1).
  • volumecontrol has been added. It is a wrapper around /usr/sbin/mixer to increase, decrease and toggle mute the soundcard and display the current value with dunst (1).
  • Spanish translations have been added to nomadbsd-adduser . Thanks to Hugo Salgado.
  • A bug which makes the brigtness keys of the ThinkPad T450 fail has been fixed.
  • The bwn(4) module was build with BWN_GPL_PHY enabled to build it with N-PHY support, which is needed for BCM43224 and BCM43225 devices.
  • x11-drivers/xf86-input-keyboard and x11-drivers/xf86-input-mouse have been replaced by x11-drivers/xf86-input-libinput .

NomadBSD Forum created

We now have set up a forum for you to look for help and give us feedback:

NomadBSD 1.3.1 is now available!

Changes since 1.3.

  • The base system has been upgraded to FreeBSD 12.1-p2
  • The automatic network interface setup has been improved. This includes better hardware detection, and support for IPv6.
  • The NomadBSD image size has exceeded the 4GB mark. A flash drive >= 5GB is now required.
  • Due to the bigger image size, mail/claws-mail was replaced by mail/thunderbird.
  • The NomadBSD setup now locks all kernel module packages to prevent users from running into problems when upgrading their packages.
  • nomadbsd-chusr , which is a graphical tool for modifying user accounts, has been added.
  • nomadbsd-sysinfo , which is a shell script to collect information about the running system, has been added.
  • Zeroconf via avahi and mdns has been added.
  • Czech translations have been added by Martin Orszulik.
  • French translations have been added by Grégory Reinbold.
  • Indonesian translations have been added by Andreas Bayu.
  • Key bindings for taking screenshots ( [Print] ), and for locking the screen ( Ctrl + Alt + L ) have been added.
  • A theme for the lock screen has been added.
  • Several small tweaks and bug fixes have been added.

NomadBSD 1.3 is now available!

NomadBSD 1.3

We are pleased to present the release of NomadBSD 1.3.

Changes since 1.2

  • The base system has been changed to FreeBSD 12.1-RELEASE-p1
  • Due to a deadlock problem, FreeBSD's unionfs has been replaced by unionfs-fuse
  • The GPT layout has been changed to MBR. This prevents problems with Lenovo systems that refuse to boot from GPT if "lenovofix" is not set, and systems that hang on boot if "lenovofix" is set.
  • Support for ZFS installations has been added to the NomadBSD installer.
  • The rc-script for setting up the network interfaces has been fixed and improved. Support for setting the country code for the wlan device has been added.
  • Auto configuration for running in VirtualBox has been added.
  • A check for the default display has been added to the graphics configuration scripts. This fixes problems where users with Optimus have their NVIDIA card disabled, and use the integrated graphics chip instead.
  • NVIDIA driver version 440 has been added.
  • nomadbsd-dmconfig, a Qt tool for selecting the display manager theme, setting the default user and autologin has been added.
  • nomadbsd-adduser, a Qt tool for added preconfigured user accounts to the system has been added.
  • Martin Orszulik added Czech translations to the setup and installation wizard.
  • The NomadBSD logo, designed by Ian Grindley, has been changed.
  • Support for localized error messages has been added.
  • Support for localizing the password prompts has been added.
  • Some templates for starting other DEs have been added to ~/.xinitrc .
  • The interfaces of nomadbsd-setup-gui and nomadbsd-install-gui have been improved.
  • A script that helps users to configure a multihead systems has been added.
  • The Xorg driver for newer Intel GPUs has been changed from "intel" to "modesetting" .
  • /proc has been added to /etc/fstab
  • A D-Bus session issue has been fixed which prevented thunar from accessing samba shares.
  • DSBBg which allows users to change and manage wallpapers has been added.
  • The latest version of update_obmenu now supports auto-updating the Openbox menu. Manually updating the Openbox menu after packet (de)installation is therefore no longer needed.
  • Support for multiple keyboard layouts has been added.
  • www/palemoon has been removed.
  • mail/thunderbird has been removed.
  • audio/audacity has been added.
  • deskutils/orage has been added.
  • the password manager fpm2 has been replaced by KeePassXC
  • mail/sylpheed has been replaced by mail/claws-mail
  • multimedia/simplescreenrecorder has been added.
  • DSBMC has been changed to DSBMC-Qt
  • Many small improvements and bug fixes.

The first release candidate of NomadBSD 1.3 is now available!

NomadBSD 1.3

  • The GPT layout has been changed to MBR. This prevents problems with Lenovo systems that refuse to boot from GPT if lenovofix is not set, and systems that hang on boot if lenovofix is set.
  • The rc-script for setting up the network interfaces has been fixed. Support for setting the country code for the wlan device has been added.
  • The Xorg driver for newer Intel GPUs has been changed from intel to modesetting .
  • The password manager fpm2 has been replaced by KeePassXC

The first rolling release of NomadBSD based on FreeBSD 13.0-CURRENT is now available!

  • Support for ZFS has been added to the NomadBSD installer.
  • The GPT layout has been changed to MBR layout used by the FreeBSD memstick images. This prevents problems with Lenovo systems that refuse to boot from GPT if "lenovofix" is not set, and systems that hang on boot if "lenovofix" is set.
  • Auto-configuration for running in VirtualBox has been added.
  • The Xorg driver for newer Intel GPUs has been changed from "intel" to "modesetting".
  • Support for configuring a multihead system has been added.
  • Some templates for starting other DEs have been added to ~/.xinitrc.
  • The setup wizard and the installer have been improved.

NomadBSD 1.2 Errata available

The errata file for NomadBSD 1.2 is now available.

NomadBSD 1.2 released!

NomadBSD 1.2

  • The base system has been upgraded to FreeBSD 12.0-p3
  • TRIM has been enabled by default.
  • A vt(4) color theme has been added.
  • The dialog(1) based setup has been replaced by a Qt GUI which supports dynamic translation. Currently available translations are German and Russian.
  • In order to reduce the number of implicit package upgrades and possible inconsistencies, the pkg(8) default repository has been changed to "Quarterly".
  • A recent copy of the NomadBSD handbooklet has been added to nomad's home dir.
  • A new option has been added to the boot menu which allows users to set hw.syscons.disable .
  • The kernel tunable vfs.root_mount_always_wait=1 has been added to /boot/loader.conf to prevent mountroot from mounting the root partition before the device is available.
  • Dynamic creation of configuration files for Intel GPUs has been added. For GPUs using the legacy i915kms driver, the UXA acceleration method is used. For newer GPUs SNA is used which fixes performance problems (at least on HD Graphics 5500 (Broadwell))
  • The backend for compton has been changed to xrender. This fixes input delay problems with the NVIDIA driver. Further, it makes using compton with VESA and SCFB possible.
  • x11/dmenu has been added which can be started by pressing Ctrl+Space.
  • A bug where the NVIDIA GLX libraries could not be found because of path changes in the nvdia-driver-{304,340,390} packages has been fixed.
  • A bug where executing pkg install / delete lead to overwriting the library path to the NVIDIA libraries has been fixed.
  • A dialog(1) menu has been added to the initgfx script which allows the user to choose between auto detection and a non-accelerated graphics driver.
  • A script with a Qt5 frontend for installing NomadBSD on a hard disk has been added.
  • Support for building 32bit images has been added.
  • The user interface has been slightly changed.
  • Support for the local keymap when entering the geli password has been added.

/usr/libexec/nomad/nomad_setup reset

  • Localized XDG standard dirs have been added.
  • The swap partition has been removed.
  • linux_base has been removed.
  • Several small improvements and bugfixes.

NomadBSD 1.2-RC2 released!

Changes since 1.2-rc1.

  • The device ID list for run(4) , iwm(4) and firmware modules has been extended.
  • A record for rtwn(4) devices has been added.
  • A script for installing NomadBSD on a hard disk has been added.

NomadBSD 1.2-RC1 released!

NomadBSD 1.2-RC1

Changes since 1.1

  • The Base system has been upgraded to FreeBSD 12.0-RELEASE
  • The setup menu has been improved, and new configuration options for choosing the standard web browser, e-mail client, filemanager, and editors have been added.
  • The script for detecting and loading the Intel video driver has been improved.
  • devel/geany
  • x11-wm/plank
  • x11-themes/lxappearance

NomadBSD 1.1 released!

Changes since 1.0.1.

  • Base system has been upgraded to FreeBSD 11.2-RELEASE
  • Basic support for MacBooks has been added
  • A script for loading the matching DRM driver from graphics/drm-stable-kmod for Radeon GPUs has been added. Together with x11-drivers/xf86-video-amdgpu more recent AMD Radeon chipsets should now work out of the box.
  • For all Intel GPUs the new i915kms from graphics/drm-stable-kmod is now used.
  • x11-drivers/xf86-video-scfb and x11-drivers/xf86-video-vesa have been added as fallback drivers.
  • Autodetection of the VirtualBox pseudo GPU has been added.
  • Fallback configuration of SCFB
  • EFI booting has been fixed.
  • Support for modern Intel GPUs has been added.
  • Support for installing packages has been added.
  • Improved setup menu.
  • benchmarks/bonnie++
  • DSBDisplaySettings
  • mail/thunderbird
  • ports-mgmt/octopkg
  • print/qpdfview
  • security/nmap
  • sysutils/ddrescue
  • sysutils/fusefs-hfsfuse
  • sysutils/fusefs-sshfs
  • sysutils/sleuthkit
  • x11-wm/compton
  • Many improvements and bugfixes

NomadBSD 1.1-RC2 released!

Review of nomadbsd by barnabyh, nomadbsd 1.1-rc1 released.

NomadBSD 1.1-RC1

The first – and hopefully final – release candidate of NomadBSD 1.1 is available!

  • The base system has been upgraded to FreeBSD 11.2-RC3

Review of NomadBSD 1.0.1

Nomadbsd 1.0.1 released.

  • Fix a problem with graphics driver detection.
  • Fix a boot problem on Lenovo ® X220 .
  • Disable the terminal bell.
  • Add a rc script to automatically load the correct acpi module.
  • Close/lock root shells on ttyv{0,1,2}.

NomadBSD on BSDNow

Nomadbsd 1.0 released.

  • The setup process has been improved.
  • Support for optional geli encryption of the home partition has been added
  • Auto-detection of NVIDIA graphics cards and their corresponding driver has been added. (Thanks to holgerw and lme from
  • An rc script to start the GEOM disk scheduler on the root device has been added.
  • More software has been added:
  • accessibility/redshift (starts automatically)
  • audio/cantata
  • audio/musicpd
  • audio/ncmpc
  • ftp/filezilla
  • games/bsdtris
  • mail/neomutt
  • math/galculator
  • net-p2p/transmission-qt5
  • security/fpm2
  • sysutils/bsdstats
  • x11/metalock
  • x11/xbindkeys
  • Several smaller improvements and bugfixes.

NomadBSD 0.5.3 released

  • The partition scheme has been changed from MBR to GPT+EFI.
  • The graphical boot loader by Oliver Fromme has been installed.
  • The filesystem settings have been changed for better performance.
  • Growing the filesystem to fill the flash drive can now automatically be done from the setup menu.
  • The boot time has been reduced.
  • A problem with the setup on systems where a NVIDIA graphics card is installed has been fixed.
  • The browser configurations have been changed/included to improve performance.

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