Ghosts in the machine: GhostBSD 3.5

ghostbsd_logoJesse Smith has reviewed GhostBSD 3.5 in a feature story on Distrowatch and he likes what he has seen and used so far.

I was fairly happy with my experience with GhostBSD this week. In the past I have enjoyed GhostBSD because of the project’s ability to showcase what a FreeBSD-based operating system looks like running on a live disc with a functional desktop environment. There are not a lot of live discs available in the BSD communities and I was happy to see GhostBSD take on the challenge.

An interesting comment in the article (please don’t start a flamewar here ;-) is, that the more exciting developments these days seem to be happening in the BSD world. Think of ZFS, PKG-NG, Jails etc:

The second reason for my shift in focus is I feel the BSD communities, especially the FreeBSD-based projects, are where the interesting developments are happening these days. Over in FreeBSD land we have efficient PBI bundles, a mature advanced file system in the form of ZFS, new friendly and powerful system installers, a new package manager (PKG-NG), a powerful jail manager and there will soon be new virtualization technology coming with the release of FreeBSD 10.0. Meanwhile, over in the Linux camp, I feel as though things have reached a plateau. We are seeing small improvements and an increase in polish.

GhostBSD 3.5 “Levi” released

Eric Turgeon has announced, on behalf of the GhostBSD team, GhostBSD 3.5 Levi. Levi is the third release of the 3.* branch which improves GhostBSD 3.1 and introduces some new features.

Some of the new features are included in the last stable version are:

  • OpenSSL has been updated to version 0.9.8y.
  • DTrace hooks have been enabled by default in the GENERIC kernel.
  • DTrace has been updated to version 1.9.0.
  • OpenSSH has been updated to version 6.2p2.
  • Gnome 2.32 has been replace by Mate 1.6.
  • Xfce 4.10 is now part of desktop choice.
  • GhostBSD BSM theme with custom Faenza icon.
  • Mate, Xfce and LXDE contain a more uniform set of software.
  • Gimp is now install by default.
  • Shotwell is now install by default.
  • The installer GBI as been updated to 1.3.

The Coding Studio has a number of GhostBSD 3.5 screenshots, should you be interested to see how it looks without having to install it.

GhostBSD 3.5 RC3 (Levi) available for testing

Eric Turgeon has announced release candidate 3 for GhostBSD 3.5, a FreeBSD-based operating system that supports Xfce LXDE, MATE, and OpenBox desktop environments out of the box.

There is still a problem with the Bxpkg Update Manager causing it to not work properly. Should not all known issues be solved before releasing RCs?

Anyway, here’s the announcement with the download links

GhostBSD 3.5 RC2 is now available

ghostbsd_logoEric Turgeon has announced release candidate 2 for GhostBSD 3.5, a FreeBSD-based operating system that supports Xfce LXDE, MATE, and OpenBox desktop environments out of the box.

Some of the highlights are:

  • FreeBSD 9.2 RC4 has been updated to FreeBSD 9.2 REALEASE
  • i386 Openbox Menu has been fixed and it’s now working properly
  • The Installer “Customize Partitioning” option windows title has been changed

There are still some outstanding issues to be fixed, so check the release announcement before installing.

GhostBSD 3.5-BETA2 is now available

ghostbsd_logoEric Turgeon announced a couple of days ago GhostBSD 3.5-BETA2 operating system is available for download and testing.

The second beta build of the 3.5 development release is now available on SourceForge with LXDE and Xfce on amd64 and i386 architectures. Please be aware this release provides users, beta testers and developers with a system to test out new features in the upcoming release. It may contain buggy code and features, so we encourage you to run it only on non-critical systems.

Being based on FreeBSD 9.2 RC2, GhostBSD 3.5 Beta 2 comes with improved 64-bit drivers packages, as well as with fixed packages for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

This release is distributed only with the Xfce and LXDE desktop environments. The MATE and Openbox desktops are not yet ready, but the developer promises that they will be available in the next Beta release.

Changes between -BETA1 and -BETA2 include:

  • FreeBSD BETA2 to RC2.
  • Fix amd64 divers packages.
  • Fix amd64 and i386 packages.

Please remember this is a beta release and should not be used in a production environment.

About GhostBSD: GhostBSD is a user-friendly, FreeBSD-based operating system, for the desktop featuring the MATE, LXDE and OpenBox desktop environments. GhostBSD is aimed at home and office users and  comes with a graphical user interface and installer. GhostBSD can be used as a live CD or installed onto a hard disk.

GhostBSD 3.5-BETA1 (xfce) available

ghostbsd_logoEric Tureon has announced the availability of the first Xfce beta development images for the upcoming GhostBSD 3.5.

This release provides users and developers with a system to test out new features in the upcoming release.

Some of the new changes and additions are:

  • FreeBSD 9.2
  • Gnome2 replace with Mate 1.6
  • Xfce 4.10
  • Updated Installer updated
  • GTP disk scheme supported by the installer
  • Installer free disk option added
  • Portupgrade has been added to manage update and install software with FreeBSD ports.
  • Pkgng available to install software.

As always, beta software is for testing purposes only. If you come across any issues or bugs, please notify the developer(s).

GhostBSD 3.0 released

ghostbsd_logoEric Turgeon, lead developer of the GhostBSD project, has announced the release of GhostBSD 3.0. The latest version includes a lot of enhancements and new features, such as an improved system installer, Openbox window manager, and more.

Some of the highlights of GhostBSD 3.0 are:

  • Openbox window manager is now fully supported;
  • Improvements for the auto configuration wireless networking script have been implemented;
  • Auto configuration of Xorg is now possible;
  • Nvidia drivers have been added by default;
  • 3D acceleration is now supported on some Intel graphics cards;
  • Numerous bug-fixes have been added to the GhostBSD related utilities;
  • Openbox and Lxde AMD64 ISO only fit on DVD;
  • New Intel GPU driver with GEM/KMS support has been made available;
  • ZFS improvements from the illumos project have been implemented;
  • Kernel support has been added for the AVX FPU extension.

GhostBSD is a FreeBSD-based operating system for the desktop with support for the GNOME2, LXDE and Openbox desktop environments.

GhostBSD 3.0 RC3 available for testing

Eric Turgeon has announced the availability of the third release candidate for GhostBSD 3.0. GhostBSD is a FreeBSD derivative that aims to make FreeBSD easier and bring GNOME to BSD users, although LXDE and OpenBox are also available. The third and last release candidate for upcoming 3.0 was recently released for final testing.

The third release candidate of GhostBSD 3.0 is now supporting Gnome 2, LXDE and Openbox Desktop and it is now available for testing. This is the last development release. While this is a release candidate, it might contain some bugs and other problems, which have not been discovered during beta tests so we still only encourage you to run it only on non-critical systems. Openbox is now part of GhostBSD development.

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