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GhostBSD 2.5: A GNOME-ified FreeBSD 9.0

Michael Larabel

Published on 23 December 2011
Written by Michael Larabel
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GhostBSD 2.5 has X.Org Server 1.7.7, a patched version of GCC 4.2.1, LLVM/Clang 3.0, and obviously the FreeBSD 9.0 RC2 kernel. The UFS file-system is used by default right now, not the Sun/Oracle ZFS file-system.

GhostBSD also customizes the default GNOME desktop theme. LibreOffice is also available as part of the default GhostBSD 2.5 installation for your office needs. New packages can be easily installed on GhostBSD using its graphical package manager.

There is also Mozilla Firefox 8.0 as part of the stock installation.

Overall the GhostBSD 2.5 release is shaping up to be very interesting and is a nice BSD to try if you're looking to easily dabble with FreeBSD while also carrying about a pleasant "out of the box" desktop experience. The release can be downloaded at GhostBSD.org.

Yes, GhostBSD is also compatible with the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org. Besides PC-BSD and GhostBSD, another easy-to-try FreeBSD derivative that is actively maintained is Debian GNU/kFreeBSD, which pairs the FreeBSD kernel with a normal Debian user-land.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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