MidnightBSD 2.0 releases: free Unix-like, based on FreeBSD

MidnightBSD 2.0 releases: free Unix-like, based on FreeBSD

MidnightBSD is a desktop operating system derived from FreeBSD. Unlike other BSD-based operating systems, which focus on ease of use, it provides common software for application scenarios such as word processing, web browsing, gaming, and mail, which is sufficient for everyday tasks.


One of the key goals of the MidnightBSD project is to create an easy-to-use desktop environment that includes graphical ports management and system configuration using GNUstep. The vast majority of operating systems will retain BSD licenses. Some packages use other licenses, such as X.org, GCC, and GNUstep.

MidnightBSD comes from the FreeBSD 6.1 beta release. With the fork, MidnightBSD has undergone a custom and integrated environment, including ports and system configuration. The project hopes to attract beginners as well as more experienced BSD users. MidnightBSD is actively being developed; through this project, its team wants to focus on desktop user optimization and usability improvements.

Lucas Holt announced the release of Midnight 1.2 on the project’s mailing list. This version supports the i386 and AMD64 architectures.

Changelog v2.0

  • LLVM updated to 8.0.1
  • ELF ToolChain updated
  • OpenSSL updated
  • ZFS now supports parallel mounting
  • Kernel logs jail IDs when a process exits
  • Network firmware updates