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DesktopBSD logo
DeveloperDesktopBSD Team[1]
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateDiscontinued in 2015
Source modelOpen source
Latest release1.7 / 7 September 2009; 14 years ago (2009-09-07)[2]
Package managerFreeBSD Ports
Platformsamd64 and i386
Kernel typeMonolithic
user interface
K Desktop Environment 3[2]

DesktopBSD was a Unix-derived, desktop-oriented operating system based on FreeBSD. Its goal was to combine the stability of FreeBSD with the ease of use of K Desktop Environment 3, the default graphical user interface.

History and development[edit]

DesktopBSD was a customized installation of FreeBSD, rather than a fork. It was based on FreeBSD's latest stable branch, incorporating customized, preinstalled software such as KDE and DesktopBSD utilities and configuration files.

DesktopBSD was not intended to compete with TrueOS as a BSD-based desktop distribution, although they were similar in structure and goals. DesktopBSD was started about one year before the PC-BSD project, despite the first PC-BSD release before DesktopBSD's. Neither project intended to rival the other, and they had independent, distinctive features and intended outcomes; DesktopBSD used ports and packages for additional software installation, and PC-BSD introduced PBIs.

The final release was 1.7, which became available on 7 September 2009.[4] According to the release announcement, "This is the last and final release of the DesktopBSD project", because the lead developer could no longer contribute the time required to maintain it.[5] DesktopBSD was restarted under new leadership in May 2010,[6] although development and announcements soon stopped. On 10 March 2013, a forum post said that the project was "in the process of being revived."[7] A roadmap for DesktopBSD 2.0 was announced in September 2015 on the DesktopBSD site, with posted screenshots of a GNOME3-based desktop.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DesktopBSD Team Members". Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2010-04-01.
  2. ^ a b "DistroWatch: DesktopBSD". Retrieved 2011-10-18.
  3. ^ "DesktopBSD Artwork Collection". Archived from the original on 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
  4. ^ "DesktopBSD 1.7 release notes". 2009-09-07. Archived from the original on 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
  5. ^ "DesktopBSD 1.7 available". 2009-09-07. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  6. ^ "Advancement of the DesktopBSD project". 2010-05-30. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  7. ^ "Welcome to DesktopBSD forums". 2013-03-10. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-03-21.

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