September 23, 2020

GhostBSD 20.08.04 released, FreeBSD distribution

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GhostBSD is user-friendly, based on FreeBSD desktop operating system. The goal of the project is to create an easy-to-use and familiar work platform for home or office applications and data repair. It supports a large number of popular lightweight desktop environments, including MATE, Xfce, LXDE, Openbox. It also provides the FreeBSD package management system, Apache’s, LibreOffice, LibreCAD, and the Eclipse / Anjuta development environment for C, C ++, Java, JavaScript, Jala, Python. It provides all the benefits of the FreeBSD operating system combined with a focus on simplicity for newcomers. It is ship with a simple installer, including MATE or XFCE desktop environments, pre-installed, with a graphical application to easily install software and update your system, codecs to play multimedia files is also pre-installed. GhostBSD is suitable for newcomers to BSD as well as *nix experienced users. With modest hardware requirements, GhostBSD is ideal for modern workstations, and single-board computers 64-bit hardware.

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  • Simple
    Built on top of FreeBSD, GhostBSD provides a simple desktop-oriented operating system pre-configured with the carefully selected minimal commonly used set software required to start using it to its full potential.
  • Elegant
    GhostBSD uses the GTK environment to provide an elegant look and a comfortable experience on the modern BSD platform offering a natural and native Unix work environment.
  • It is BSD
    GhostBSD derived from FreeBSD which is roots go back to the University of California Berkeley Unix Research, historically called “BSD Unix” or “Berkeley Unix” today simply called BSD for Berkeley Software Distribution.

GhostBSD 20.08.04 has been released.


This release comes with kernel, OS and software application updates. We updated the MATE desktop to 1.24.0.

A new interesting feature is the boot environment backup before updates.

Issue and Feature completed:

Pull Request Open and merged: