Sun. Mar 29th, 2020

GhostBSD 20.02 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.

Image: ghostbsd


  • 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 20.02 has been released.


What has changed since 20.01

  • Added feature to force upgrade all packages on a system upgrade with Update station
  • Improved Update Station update progress
  • Improved Update Station the tray icon behaviour
  • Added powerd by default to improve laptop battery performance

Ticket Completed

  • Bug #114: update-station does not fail update when pkg upgrade fails
  • Bug #115: Hostname definition
  • Bug #135: Xconfig display Nvidia 390 when 440.31 is the one installed by default
  • Feature #98: Adding custom ZFS partition to the installer partition editor
  • Feature #133: Adding supports to force upgrade all packages on system upgrade for Update Station
  • Feature #136: Telegram app should be installed on the desktop by default