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Welcome to theIcon Disti GhostBSD.png Desktop Environment Page.

Introduction[edit]

Eric: "Our official desktop is MATE, which means that the leading developer of GhostBSD does not officially support XFCE. Community releases are maintained by the community and for the community. GhostBSD project will provide help to build and to host the community release. If anyone wants to have a particular desktop supported, it is up to the community. Sure I will help where I can, answer questions and guide new community members that contribute to community release."

GhostBSD uses the GTK environment as default to provide a beautiful looks and a comfortable experience on the modern BSD platform offering a natural and native Unix work environment.

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MATE Desktop Environment[edit]

"The MATE Desktop Environment is the continuation of GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.

MATE is under active development to add support for new technologies while preserving a traditional desktop experience." Source: Mate homepage


Mate is simple to use. You can place the panel on each side. So you can get the look and feel of

  • pure MATE - panel on top
  • GNOME 3 - panel on the left
  • place a panel on the bottom like KDE, XFCE or Cinnamon
  • or you chose a additional panel for example on the left for application starters.

You may also place some starters on the desktop. It is all possible.

Simple and Elegant[edit]

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Components of the MATE Desktop environment[edit]

Here you get Components of MATE

Other Desktop Environments[edit]

You may wish to install

  • XFCE
  • GNOME Shell
  • Cinnamon
  • KDE

You will find all this in your Software Station or in the Ports.

Eric: "If anyone is interested in helping to improve or create another community release, you are well come to contribute. Also, Contribution to the GhostBSD base system, to ports and new ports, and in house software are welcome."

Community Build[edit]

Desktop Environment MATE, XFCE, Cinnamon[edit]

Some instructions from the Developers :

Live media creator for GhostBSD distribution

The purpose of this tool is quickly generate live images for GhostBSD. Features

   Build GhostBSD with GhostBSD or TrueOS
   Mate, XFCE, and KDE desktop environments
   Hybrid DVD/USB image


Graphics Support

   Compatible with VirtualBox, VMware, NVIDIA graphics out of box
   SCFB support with automatic best resolution 
   for UEFI enabled systems with Intel/AMD graphics


System Requirements

   Latest version of GhostBSD
   20GB of free disk space
   4GB of free memory

Note: GhostBSD 19.09 and later should be used to build ISO.


Initial Setup

  • Install the required packages:
  pkg install git transmission-cli rsync


  • Make sure to have linux64 kernel module loaded
  kldload linux64
  sysrc -f /etc/rc.conf kld_list="linux64"


  • Clone the repo:
  git clone https://www.github.com/ghostbsd/ghostbsd-build.git


  • Enter the directory for running the LiveCD build script:
  cd ghostbsd-build


  • To build a GhostBSD with MATE as default desktop
  ./build.sh mate


  • Option: To build GhostBSD with XFCE as default desktop
  ./build.sh xfce


  • Option: To build GhostBSD with Cinnamon as default desktop
  ./build.sh cinnamon


  • Option: To build GhostBSD without a default desktop
  ./build.sh


  • Burn an image to cd:
  cdrecord /usr/local/ghostbsd-build/iso/GhostBSD19.10.iso


  • Write an image to usb stick:
  dd if=/usr/local/ghostbsd-build/iso/GhostBSD19.10.iso of=/dev/da0 bs=4m

KhostBSD.png KhostBSD (GhostBSD KDE Community Build)[edit]

If you looking for GhostBSD with KDE Plasma 5, you can find it at: ftp://219.121.16.20/pub/KhostBSD/ KhostBSD's Telegram channel: t.me/khostbsd

Some Instructions[edit]

From khostbsd build instructions:

Live media creator for GhostBSD distribution Introduction

System Requirements

   Latest version of GhostBSD or TrueOS
   20GB of free disk space
   4GB of free memory

Note: GhostBSD 19.04 and earlier releases cannot be used to build ISO.

Initial Setup

  • Install the required packages:
 pkg install git transmission-cli rsync
  • Make sure to have linux64 kernel module loaded
 kldload linux64
 sysrc -f /etc/rc.conf kld_list="linux64"
  • Clone the repo:
  git clone https://www.github.com/ghostbsd/ghostbsd-build.git
  • Enter the directory for running the LiveCD build script:
 cd ghostbsd-build
  • To build a GhostBSD with KDE as default desktop
./build.sh kde
  • Burn an image to cd:
  cdrecord /usr/local/ghostbsd-build/iso/GhostBSD18.12.iso
  • Write an image to usb stick:
  dd if=/usr/local/ghostbsd-build/iso/GhostBSD18.12.iso of=/dev/da0 bs=4m 

If You Download KDE From Ports[edit]

Be sure to install all of the needed packages. Here is an example from Vic Thacker on Telegram from 13.01.2010: https://github.com/ghostbsd/ghostbsd-build/blob/master/packages/kde

Get Help[edit]

It is possible, that some members of our community will help you.

Ask on Telegram-messenger-icon.png Telegram or within the GhostBSD Forums for help.

There are always friendly 10095-ogre-icon.png folk around.

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