GhostBSD is a Unix-like operating system based on TrueOS,[1] with MATE as its default desktop environment (GNOME was the previous desktop environment) and an Xfce-desktop community based edition. It aims to be easy to install, ready-to-use and easy to use. The project goal is to combine security, privacy, stability, usability, openness, freedom and to be free of charge.

GhostBSD 18.10 with MATE
DeveloperEric Turgeon and GhostBSD Team
OS familyUnix-like (BSD)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Latest release19.10 / October 26, 2019 (2019-10-26)
Kernel typeMonolithic FreeBSD kernel
Default user interfaceMATE and Xfce
LicenseFreeBSD license

Prior to GhostBSD 18.10, the project was based on FreeBSD. In May 2018 it was announced that future versions of the operating system will be based on TrueOS.[2]

Version history

GhostBSD versionRelease dateFreeBSD versionDesktop environmentsChanges
1.0[3]March 20108.0GNOME 2.28First general availability release[4]
1.5?8.1GNOME 2.30Introduced Compiz support. (This version was also distributed with the January 2011 issue of the German magazine freeX, which also featured an article about the new OS.)
2.0March 13, 20118.2?Improvements to GDM et al.
2.5[5][6]January 24, 20129.0?Choice of preconfigured GNOME or LXDE desktop[7]
3.0March 10, 20139.1?The last release to deploy the GNOME 2 desktop environment
3.1June 28, 2013??A point release primarily to fix bugs
3.5[8]November 7, 2013?
LibreOffice exchanged for Apache OpenOffice 4.[9]
4.0[10]October 4, 201410.0?Various new features[11]
10.1[12]September 13, 201510.1?Software additions[13]
10.3August 31, 201610.3?ZFS support, UEFI support, ...[14]
11.1[15] November 16, 2017 11.1 MATE 1.18

Xfce 4.12

GhostBSD Software repositories, dropped i386 support, WhiskerMenu as default menu (Xfce)[16]

Beginning from GhostBSD 18.10, the project has moved its base from FreeBSD to TrueOS. Following are TrueOS based GhostBSD releases.

GhostBSD version Release Date Desktop Environment Changes
18.10[17] November 1, 2018 MATE 1.20 First release based on TrueOS
19.04[18] April 13, 2019 MATE 1.22 and XFCE
19.09[19] September 16, 2019 MATE and Xfce Moved from TrueOS CURRENT to STABLE


GhostBSD was originally licensed under the 3-clause BSD license ("Revised BSD License", "New BSD License", or "Modified BSD License")

In 2014 Eric Turgeon re-licensed GhostBSD under 2-clause license ("Simplified BSD License" or "FreeBSD License"). GhostBSD contains some GPL-licensed software.

The following are the minimum recommended requirements.

  • Pentium 4 or higher
  • 1024 MB of RAM
  • 20 GB of free hard drive space
  • Network card
  • Sound card
  • NVIDIA 3D accelerated video card

See also


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