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Watch out!The GUI installer looks polished, but does not offer disk encryption.
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  1. Like many folks above, I find myself disagreeing quite a bit with your assessment of GhostBSD 2.5 or any other version of it for that matter. I find it to be as user friendly as Ubuntu or PCLinuxOS and would recommend it to any discontent Windows user who wishes to dabble in alternative operating systems. 2.5 was actually the version I started with. And I have installed and used every update and release since. The purpose of the liveCDs which Ghost puts out is not to give you a complete OS that fits someone else’s tastes but to provide just enough stuff to make it useful. And if you choose to install it, build the OS that is taylor-made for YOUR needs.

  2. Well I am posting this using Ghost BSD 3.0 LXDE but using the CLI
    and telneting into the lynx scramwords server and using lynx.
    GhostBSD did a fine job of configuring itself and everything is
    working fine out of the box, I am a slackware linux user and if
    the aim of the project is to help linux users ease into the BSD
    world, then my hat is off to all who no doubt put much hard
    work into this project. kudo’s !!

  3. I can’t understand… Why the Linux people is so weary about call any BSD system “distro” or “distribution”… A distribution is a collection of user-land apps and one kernel, configured in some way (more focussed in desktop, or in security, etc), and is aplicable to the Linux ambient.
    In the BSD world is impossible to exist any “distro”, because in the case of GhostBSD is a FreeBSD system (a complet system), with a type of installation and some apps for the user’s comfort.
    I hope I could explain this in the right way, because english isn’t my native language.

    1. GhostBSD is based on FreeBSD, as are PC-BSD and FreeNAS. They are all distributions of FreeBSD, which just happens to be a BSD flavor.

      You do not see me referring to FreeBSD as a distribution.

      Using your definition of a distributions as “collection of user-land apps and one kernel, configured in some way…,” PC-BSD fits that definition like a glove, as it puts the K Desktop Environment atop the FreeBSD kernel. The same applies to GhostBSD, which runs the GNOME 2 desktop environment atop the FreeBSD kernel.

      And somebody took FreeBSD, customized it for storage, and called the resulting distribution FreeNAS.

      Several distributions are now being developed around illumos, which was forked from Open Solaris.

      So yes, the term “distribution” originated in the Linux world, but the practice has being picked up by others in other UNIX-like operating systems.

      1. Here You are wrong, PC-BSD, GhostBSD are not distributions, because FreeBSD is not just a kernel like Linux, it’s an entire OS. On the other part GNU/Linux is an operatins system and Slackware,Fedora,etc are distributions constructed on this OS GNU/Linux.

        So PC-BSD, GhostBSD are just thundered FreeBSD+ Xorg+DE (KDE, GNOME,etc) +apps.

  4. This test is not obejective! We have tested and installed, GhostBSD 2.5 with Gnome and LXDE GUI, on 8 diferent laptops and desktops without problems with the hardware! Allways (when aviable) the Wireless has worked out of the box! The network was allway configured over DHCP. In one case (the number 9 on Intel server) the network must be manual configured this was simple and fast with the wizard “sysinstall” (executed in one terminal window) resolved.

    1. Yes, I have to agree with Marcelo.
      The comments about wireless are inaccurate. Not sure why the reviewer is exaggerating that. (Sounds like outsourced this article to someone who doesn’t understand BSD.)

      1. No, the above person who mentioned that the wireless interface had to be done manually is not wrong. Its true at least with the Gnome 2 environment, which is quite frustrating.

  5. Seems nice but looks a lot like one of the older Linux Mints, combined with 12 in the look of the home screen. Not because it uses Gnome, but because of how they chose to theme it and the overall layout of the different panels.

    Still, it seems a nice if unpolished OS. Partial support for a file system is never fun, and manual installation of some things but not others seems inconsistent.

    I don’t mind having to mess with configuration files, providing there is either enough documentation provided that I know what needs tweaking or what doesn’t, or if I’m going to need to tweak most of it.

    However, as with any BSD/Linux/Unix distribution, kudos to the author for a lot of hard work, and my criticisms are meant to provide points to perhaps consider in the future rather than as stabbing remarks over doing a bad job, as any amount of work on a free operating system is worthy of note.

  6. do you think maybe the cosmetic overlap issues in the package manager were because you were testing this in a tiny Vbox window?

    1. Please re-read the third paragraph of this review. To make it easier, here’s the salient part:

      Reviews published on this website are normally based on installations on real hardware and in a virtual environment using Virtualbox, but because the login screen did not respond to keyboard inputs, all the contents of this review, including all but the screen shot below and the one above, were derived from test installations on real hardware.

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