Classic desktop meets Unix-like operating system – Research Snipers

The free GHOSTBSD operating system for X64 systems based on Unix is ​​based on the FreeBSD system core and a classic user interface in the form of the MATE 1.26 -desktop environment. The latest version has improved handling of Nvidia graphics drivers and Broadcom Wi-Fi hardware.

FreeBSD 13.0 and MATE 1.26 as base

The Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) is a variant of the free Unix operating system under the open-source license CDDL from Sun Microsystems and serves as the basis for the current release of Ghostbs 22.06, released in the FreeBSD 13.1 round and no longer its derivative -Trueos is – formerly PC-BSD – used.

GhostBSD 22.06 with MATE 1.26 (Picture: GhostBSD) GhostBSD 22.06 can optionally be used with Xfce 4.16.0 instead of MATE, but the project itself concentrates its free OS entirely on the MATE desktop environment, which was created as a fork of Gnome. Basic and Lineage workspace and desktop

  • MATE Desktop Environment 1.26.0
  • Xfce 4.16.0

Operating system kernel init software

  • OpenRC for Unix-like computer operating systems

release model

  • Fixed with fixed release cycles

Package Updates

  • GhostBSD comes out of the box with the latest package versions for release.
  • Applications such as the open-source Chromium 102.0 browser and the free Thunderbird 91.10 email client are current.
  • LibreOffice 7.3 serves as the office package, the free graphics stack Mesa 3D comes in version 21.3.

The classic desktop operating system is also equipped with the latest version 3.0.4.17 of the VLC Media Player as well as with the open source image processing programs Krita 5.0.8 and GIMP 2.10.32.

GhostBSD alongside Windows, macOS and Linux

Since the release of GhostBSD 20.02, the graphical installer can also create partitions with: ZFS file system creates partitions alongside existing Windows, macOS or Linux partitions, allowing GhostBSD to run smoothly even on multi-boot systems.

Support for AMD, Nvidia and Broadcom

The upgrade to the FreeBSD 13.1-Stable kernel also improves support for AMD and Nvidia graphics drivers and Broadcom Wi-Fi hardware.

Some of the improvements include automation on the Live CD to install the correct Nvidia driver and if a package fails to update, the Update Station will reinstall it and continue the update. I added the BWN_GPL_PHY option to our default GENERIC kernel to compile drivers containing GPLv2 code. Now most Broadcom devices are recognized including my iMac. GhostBSD team

With the help of the revised graphic front-end software station, missing applications and drivers can be installed quickly and easily if required. Notify the developers of any further changes to GhostBSD 22.06 in the official release notes. A multilingual wiki is intended to make it easier to switch to the first steps under the Unix operating system. The YouTube channel MichlFranken, which specializes in Linux and open source, shows how GhostBSD performs as a desktop operating system in everyday life.

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