GhostBSD 19.09 released, FreeBSD distribution


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 19.09 has been released.


What has changed since 19.04

  • GhostBSD 19.09 is built from TrueOS/FreeBSD 12.0-STABLE
  • OpenRC is updated to 0.41.2
  • GhostBSD now use TrueOS packages base from ports
  • NetworkMgr CPU usage got improved
  • A lot of unnecessary software got removed
  • Exaile got replaced with Rhythmbox
  • Gnome MPV got replaced by VLC
  • XFburn got replaced by Brasero
  • Vim got replaced by Tiny Vim
  • The Display Manager switched to Slick Greeter for our LightDM frontend
  • Vimix got update and improved for MATE, XFCE
  • amdgpu and radeonkms was added to xconfig options

Issues reported we fixed

  • Bug #87: Thunderbird opens 10 “Install Add-on” tabs
  • Bug #106: desktop environment not localized after fresh install 19.04
  • Bug #110: default hostname not updated
  • Bug #111: stop menu disabled after DM disconnecting/reconnecting

Feature requested we did

Known issues

  • Installation using ZFS with a pool name that is already used is failing
  • Some WiFi card will only work on the installed system