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GhostBSD 10.1 MATE screenshot
GhostBSD 10.1 with MATE
Developer Eric Turgeon and GhostBSD Team
OS family Unix-like (BSD)
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Latest release 11.1 / November 16, 2017; 9 months ago (2017-11-16)
Platforms amd64
Kernel type Monolithic FreeBSD kernel
Default user interface Xfce and MATE
License FreeBSD license
Official website

GhostBSD is a Unix-like operating system based on FreeBSD,[1] with Xfce and MATE as its default desktop environments (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.

In May 2018 it was announced that a future version of the operating system will be based on TrueOS.[2]

Version history[edit]

GhostBSD version Release date FreeBSD version Desktop environments Changes
1.0[3] March 2010 8.0 GNOME 2.28 First general availability release[4]
1.5 ? 8.1 GNOME 2.30 Introduced Compiz support. (This version was also distributed with the January 2011 issue of the German magazine freeX, which also featured an article about the new OS.)
2.0 March 13, 2011 8.2 ? Improvements to GDM et al.
2.5[5][6] January 24, 2012 9.0 ? Choice of preconfigured GNOME or LXDE desktop[7]
3.0 March 10, 2013 9.1 ? The last release to deploy the GNOME 2 desktop environment
3.1 June 28, 2013 ? ? A point release primarily to fix bugs
3.5[8] November 7, 2013 ?
LibreOffice exchanged for Apache OpenOffice 4.[9]
4.0[10] October 4, 2014 10.0 ? Various new features[11]
10.1[12] September 13, 2015 10.1 ? Software additions[13]
10.3 August 31, 2016 10.3 ? ZFS support, UEFI support, ...[14]
11.1[15] November 16, 2017 11.1 MATE 1.18

Xfce 4.12

GhostBSD Software repositories, dropped i386 support, WhiskerMenu as default menu (Xfce)[16]


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 contains some GPL-licensed software.

Recommended System Requirements[edit]

The following are the minimum recommended requirements.

  • Pentium 4 or higher
  • 1024 MB of RAM
  • 20 GB of free hard drive space
  • Network card
  • Sound card
  • NVIDIA 3D accelerated video card

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