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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 10.3 / August 31, 2016; 7 months ago (2016-08-31)
Platforms i386, AMD64
Kernel type Monolithic
Default user interface MATE
License Simplified BSD
Official website

GhostBSD is a Unix-like operating system based on FreeBSD,[1] 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]

GhostBSD version Release date FreeBSD version Desktop environments Changes
1.0 March 2010 8.0 GNOME 2.28 First general availability release[2]
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 January 24, 2012 9.0 ? Choice of preconfigured GNOME or LXDE desktop[3]
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 November 7, 2013 ?
LibreOffice exchanged for Apache OpenOffice 4.[4]
4.0 October 4, 2014 10.0 ? Various new features[5]
10.1 September 13, 2015 10.1 ? Software additions[6]
10.3 August 31, 2016 10.3 ? ZFS support, UEFI support, ...[7]


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.

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