GhostBSD 2.5 - Now with an Easy Graphic Installer

by Ostatic Staff - Jan. 27, 2012

GhostBSD 2.5 was released a few days ago and the headline on reads "Now with an Easy and Secure Graphic Installer." GhostBSD is obviously a free BSD (and not coincidently, a FreeBSD derivative), but it aims to be a user-friendly free BSD and to improve the GNOME experience on FreeBSD.

GhostBSD has been in development for two years, but perhaps has been overshadowed by PC-BSD. PC-BSD has been in development for over six years and has commercial backing. GhostBSD is one of those small projects with few developers and an underdeveloped Website. Most of the tabs are yet to be filled out. There is no documentation or an About just yet, but maybe soon.

GhostBSD is available in i386 and 64-bit in GNOME or LXDE version for optical or USB media. It's too early for any 2.5 reviews, but 2.0 got mixed results with a couple of reviewers thinking it needed more polish. John Combs, the GhostBSD team manager, said of 2.5, "Many bugs have been fixed and many parts of the system updated, tweaked and fine-tuned." He also invites current and prospective users to visit the forums to share your thoughts.

Unfortunately, this is where my excursion ends this evening. I have booted GhostBSD in the past, but tonight I couldn't get passed the login screen. No matter what I tried, it just wasn't going to accept any input from my keyboard. Perhaps, you'll have better luck. Please let me know in the comments.

GhostBSD 3.0 is now in the planning stages and may be released sometime later in the year. I guess I'll try again then.