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GhostBSD Mate Desktop.png
GhostBSD 3.5 with MATE
Developer Eric Turgeon and GhostBSD Team
OS family Unix-like (BSD)
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Latest release 4.0 / September 25, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-09-25)
Platforms i386, AMD64
Kernel type Monolithic kernel
Default user interface GNOME 2 (until 3.1), MATE, LXDE, Openbox
License BSD license
Official website

GhostBSD is a Unix-like operating system based on FreeBSD, with MATE as its default desktop environment (GNOME was the previous desktop environment). It aims to be easy to install, ready-to-use and easy to use. The project goal is to combine security, privacy, stability, usability, openness, freedom and to be free of charge.

Version history[edit]

Version 1.0 was released in March 2010. It was based on FreeBSD 8 and used GNOME 2.28.[1]

Version 1.5, based on FreeBSD 8.1, uses GNOME 2.30. Compiz. The German bimonthly released magazine freeX (1/2011) featured GhostBSD 1.5 on a supplemented DVD and in an article.[2]

Version 2.0 is based on FreeBSD 8.2, and was released on March 13, 2011. Some changes in version 2 include improvements to GDM and bug fixes.

Version 2.5 of GhostBSD is based on the official FreeBSD 9.0 and was released on January 24, 2012. This version of GhostBSD has two main branches – one based on the GNOME desktop, the other on the LXDE desktop. Both are available in amd64 and i386 versions and in the form of installable CD/DVD or USB images.[3] Since January 2012, a detailed wiki-guide “How to build GhostBSD?”[4] in combination with the GhostBSD toolkit is published, to build a personal customized version of the GhostBSD installation image, adding all the packages not found in the official FreeBSD releases, actual FreeBSD 9.0 (as of January 2012). The GhostBSD toolkit has been designed to allow building of both, i386 and amd64 architectures on amd64 based computer systems with at least 4GB of disk space to swap, a sincere computing power and FreeBSD installed on.

Version 3.0 was released on March 10, 2013. It is based on FreeBSD 9.1. It is the last release using the un-maintained GNOME 2 desktop environment.

Version 3.1 was released on June 28, 2013. It contains few updated packages, primarily bug fixes to address some problems found by users.

Version 3.5 was released on November 7, 2013. It is the first version in which GNOME 2 has been deprecated in favor of MATE 1.6, Xfce 4.10 is now part of Desktop choice, and Libre Office has been changed for Apache Open Office 4.[5]

Version 4.0 was released on October 4, 2014. It is the first release of the 4.* branch, which is based on FreeBSD 10 and introduces some new features.[6]


GhostBSD was originally licensed under the 3-clause BSD license ("Revised BSD License", "New BSD License", or "Modified BSD License"), in 2014 Eric Turgeon re-licensed GhostBSD under 2-clause license ("Simplified BSD License" or "FreeBSD License"). GhostBSD contain some GPL-licensed software.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "GhostBSD 1.0 Release. Go Green!". Archived from the original on 2010-03-16. 
  2. ^ "C&L - freeX - Netzwerk · Virtualisierung · Sicherheit". Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  3. ^ Sanchez, Nahuel. "GhostBSD 2.5 finally here!". Archived from the original on 2012-01-31. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Sanchez, Nahuel. "How to build GhostBSD?". Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
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