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Welcome to theIcon Disti GhostBSD.png Project Page.


GhostBSD has started as a hobby in 2009 from Eric Turgeon and Francois Toussaint. See: A Brief History of GhostBSD

As main desktop Eric choose 1329059652.png MATE. Here you can get additional information about our Desktop Environment.

It is simply a question of manpower to get more desktop environments for GhostBSD.



GhostBSD is a Unix-like operating system for desktop usage. It is based on FreeBSD and offers the MATE desktop environment. GhostBSD aims to be easy to install and offer an out of the box desktop system that is easy to use. The project goal is to combine security, privacy, stability, usability, openness, freedom and to be available for everybody free of charge.

More information on the GhostBSD page.

What is UNIX

The Base[edit]

It is BSD[edit]

GhostBSD is derived from FreeBSD, and its roots go back to the University of California Berkeley Unix Research. Historically it was referred to as "BSD Unix" or "Berkeley Unix." However, today it is simply called BSD for Berkeley Software Distribution.

FreeBSD ▶ GhostBSD[edit]

GhostBSD was originally based on FreeBSD.

With GhostBSD 19.09, the base changed to TrueOS with FreeBSD 12-STABLE with our twist to it.

Development of TrueOS ceased not long afterwards.

After some time using OpenRC (harmonious with TrueOS) we reverted to use of FreeBSD rc.d.

We continue to use the new packages system for the base system that is built from ports.

What describes GhostBSD now? In short:

  • GhostBSD = FreeBSD plus things that FreeBSD does not support minus things that are no longer needed.

GhostBSD is a slow-moving rolling release. Bases for GhostBSD progressed from FreeBSD stable/12 to FreeBSD stable/13. Respectively:

Additional explanation from Eric on Telegram on 03.02.2020 at 20:24:

FreeBSD 12.1-STABLE is not a release, is a developing branch of FreeBSD 12 and FreeBSD 13 CURRENT is of the upcomming FreeBSD 13.0. I am rolling release of the FreeBSD 12 STABLE branch, and not of the RELEASE branch. In sort we have new feature before FreeBSD 12.2 release. STABLE basicaly mean stable ABI.

More to FreeBSD[edit]

GhostBSD Project Goals[edit]

I did like Ubuntu a lot, and I thought why is there no project like Ubuntu in the BSD world, so that was about that time that the idea GhostBSD started Interview with founder and maintainer of GhostBSD, Eric Turgeon

The goals of the GhostBSD Project are to provide:

  • A simple, elegant desktop environment to support your day-to-day computing needs.
  • Easy to use software management program for installing any of the 32,000 available applications.
  • Linux binary compatibility to run almost any GNU/Linux application.
  • Well-designed graphical installation programs.
  • Automatic hardware (e.g., video, sound, network, devices) detection and configuration.
  • A hardened 64-bit BSD system that is unaffected by malware, viruses, spyware, and malfeasance.
  • OpenZFS support for modern amd64 systems.
  • The best user experience possible.

How to Contribute[edit]

If you like to contribute to the GhostBSD project please look on our Contribution Page.

In the Press about GhostBSD[edit]

If you like to see information on YouTube and in the News please look at page GhostBSD in the News.


Main Developers[edit]


Community Developers[edit]

There are a lot of developers around the world who are interested in GhostBSD and show how to install other desktop environments.

See also: Community Build

Community Release XFCE[edit]

See also

All Desktops[edit]

See Desktop Environment


  • Base system: In steps from FreeBSD STABLE X to FreeBSD STABLE X+1
  • Applications: As rolling releases, nearly weekly and sometimes shorter. Every time if there are new updates from upstream available and ported to FreeBSD and GhostBSD.


If you have some issues you can report bugs here.

This is the pace to manage bugs and new features for GhostBSD.

Please before reporting your bug, please make sure there is no related bug reported.

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