Gnome meets FreeBSD

GhostBSD 2.5 finally here!

Posted on Jan 24, 2012 in News

After months of work, the official, final release of GhostBSD 2.5 is finally here! Many bugs have been fixed, many parts of the system updated, tweaked and fine-tuned.

We now have two main branches of the system – one is based on GNOME desktop, the other on LXDE. Both fit perfectly on their respective mediums, are available in amd64 and i386 versions and can be downloaded in form of CD/DVD or USB images.

Enjoy and be sure to stop by on our forums or irc channel to tell us what you think. We are currently at the point of setting goals for 3.0 release, so all feedback is encouraged and greatly appreciated.
We hope you will have fun using GhostBSD 2.5!

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Thanks for continue using GhostBSD. We make our best for you can enjoy the project.
Nahuel, Sanchez.
GhostBSD Team.

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GhostBSD 2.5 RC 3 has been released

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 in News

The newest version of GhostBSD 2.5 – RC3 is now available for download.



It is based upon FreeBSD RC3 and includes a number of changes and bugfixes.


  • CUPS should now be working with most printers,
  • LXDE USB image and CD image are ready to download and use,
  • GDM now allows users to choose their language for the GNOME session. The log-in credentials for GNOME session are: ghostbsd password: ghostbsd (this is a temporary solution),
  • fix: live session now has proper options to shutdown and reboot via the menu,
  • fix: message about mounting problems during setup on GNOME no longer appears,
  • used mkisofs instead of makefs to build images.

Known Issues:

  • Brasero on amd64 architecture still closes itself on normal user when adding data,
  • amd64 live session GDM does not show a proper message on boot. It works perfectly after installation,
  • a number of glitches need fixing on LXDE.

Reporting Bugs:

As we are progressing through RC versions, we would like to thank all the users, who had shared their thoughts and reported bugs both, on Trac and forums. Their feedback allows our small team to continuously improve the quality and reliability of the system. Please continue testing the new releases for us an reporting your findings!


The GhostBSD team would like to thank Peter Nijenhuis for allowing us to include his photo of ghost glass frog in the wallpaper bundle.

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“How to build GhostBSD?” guide available on wiki

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 in News

How to build GhostBSDWe have just added a “How to build GhostBSD?” article to the project wiki for all of you GhostBSD enthusiasts. You can use the instructions in the guide to build your own version of the installation/live media, adding all the packages you have not found in the official releases.

Additionally, we want to encourage potential project supporters, especially programmers, to check it out and build a version of the system on their own. Perhaps you will have ideas on how to improve the building scripts or the system itself, and will decide to contribute some code?

Anyway, you are free to play around and have fun with the GhostBSD toolkit. If at any point you will have any questions or suggestions, you can contact us on IRC, forums or via contact form.

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GhostBSD bug-hunt on Trac

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 in News

As of now, the new RC of GhostBSD has been downloaded over 1024 times. We are happy and excited that so many users are eager to experience the fruit of our labor!

To keep track of ideas and problems with newest releases, we have decided to add Trac (bug-tracking and project management tool) to our sourceforge hub. You can access it here:

We want to make new releases of GhostBSD as easy to use, versatile and bug-free as possible. If you have downloaded the new version and noticed glitches, errors, or you simply feel something should be changed, please report your findings and ideas on Trac. This will allow us to improve the system and toolkit in future versions!

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GhostBSD 2.5 RC2 available for testing

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 in News

Second release candidate for the upcoming GhostBSD 2.5 is now available for download. This release is based upon FreeBSD 9.0-RC2.

Notable changes include:

  • added WiFi Network Manager for easier wireless connection configuration; additionally, the WiFi card is now being configured during live medium boot-up,
  • added Florence virtual keyboard for future touch screen development,
  • added e2fsprogs to support ext2, ext3 and ext4 filesystem.

GhostBSD lite (CD medium) will be a little late this time. We have decided to swap GNOME for LXDE desktop in that version.

Known Issues:

  • Brasero on amd64 architecture still closes itself on normal user when adding data,
  • shutdown button is not available on amd64 and i386 mediums,
  • during the installation, GNOME will occasionally show “cannot mount volume file” error message. This does NOT interfere with the installation in any way.

Reporting Bugs:

Since this is a pre-release, please assist us by reporting (and/or fixing) bugs. Users are encouraged to discuss their findings on the GhostBSD Forums.

When providing feedback please indicate which installation media you are using.

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GhostBSD 2.5 RC1 is out.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 in News

The GhostBSD release is running a little late after FreeBSD 9.0 release schedule.

 —list of bugs fixed—

  • Pitivi on i386.
  • The free space output on the GUI and TEXT BASE installer.
  • The third install option on the TEXT BASE installer.
  • Brasero is fixed for root on amd64 (still doesn’t add data on normal user).

For more info on the Base OS read FreeBSD 9.0 release status.

To install GhostBSD, you have two options. The new option is by clicking on the GhostBSD Installer icon or Typing gbi on terminal for GUI installation. You can also type ginstall in terminal for the new text-based installer.

Ginstall is a great solution for those, who have problems with graphics mode (it either doesn’t work or has problems detecting keyboard and/or mouse – in case of the latter, please refer to this topic for help).

If you see any typos or grammar errors please let us know. The developers are not native English speakers.

You will see GhostBSD lite(CD) and GhostBSD(DVD), both have the new installer. The difference is GhostBSD lite is a smaller version to fit on a CD. A script will be released soon, so that the rest of the apps and configuration can be added after the installation from the lite medium.

There is also a dedicated USB image available for those who prefer this medium or have no access to an optical drive.

To Install on USB from BSD:

dd if=/path/to/GhostBSD-2.5-RC1-i386.img of=/dev/da0 bs=1m conv=sync
dd if=/path/to/GhostBSD-2.5-RC1-amd64.img of=/dev/da0 bs=1m conv=sync

To Install on USB from Linux:

sudo dd if=GhostBSD-2.5-RC1-i386.img of=/dev/sdf bs=1m conv=sync
sudo dd if=GhostBSD-2.5-RC1-amd64.img of=/dev/sdf bs=1m conv=sync


Next release is RC2, it should be available in 1 or 2 weeks, if all goes well.

Report any issue or bug to the forum please!

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