GhostBSD  has a great little graphical installer ‘n graphical package manager, but I am not a fan of the MATE ‘n Xfce DE’s. Tried to install the Cinnamon DE with their package manager (sorta like Synaptic Package Manager), but it was problematic starting with the black background that I couldn’t replace (?!).

Wonderful to see that at least one BSD’er is attempting to place some focus on actual Desktop OS users instead of the BSD’ers usual “server, router, storage appliance” OSes that require lots of “technical expertise” to use.

 About GhostBSD project

GhostBSD is a simple, user-friendly operating system, based on the legendary security and stability of the FreeBSD operating system. Within the BSD community, FreeBSD itself is renowned for being an exceptionally stable, robust, and lightweight operating system that provides an excellent base for Desktop. However, FreeBSD is aiming at servers, router, storage appliance, and it is also considered to be beyond the reach of those who lack the technical expertise required to use it.

GhostBSD provides all the benefits of the FreeBSD operating system combined with a focus on simplicity for newcomers. GhostBSD is ship with a simple installer, including MATE or XFCE desktop environments, pre-installed, with a graphical application to easily install software and update your system, codecs to play multimedia files is also pre-installed. GhostBSD is suitable for newcomers to BSD as well as *nix experienced users. With modest hardware requirements, GhostBSD is ideal for modern workstations, and single-board computers 64-bit hardware.

Definitely worth a look for those who are interested in FreeBSD ‘n BSD as an OS that apparently offers more ‘Security’ ‘n stability than Linux Distros:

FreeBSD vs Linux

13. ZFS Support – Sadly, Linux does not come with direct support for ZFS …snip… FreeBSD always comes out with integrated support for ZFS. Because the application is built into the FreeBSD system directly, the performance is very native and much more appealing for commercial purposes than it is on most Linux systems.

19. Security – Thanks to their tightly monitored development process and a massive list of super users, Unix like operating systems are usually very secure right from their inception …snip… We do admit though, as FreeBSD is maintained by a very select group of professionals and only ships with elemental functionalities, it tends to be more stable than most Linux systems, which in turn makes them even less susceptible to attacks – thus more secure.

Yes, as mentioned on the *Linux Security Issues* page, Linux has lacked real security for decades ‘n malware/virus attackers still take advantages of those weaknesses daily.

Probably requires more tweaking than some of the more popular Linux Distros, but at least GhostBSD’s ‘Live’ media ‘n graphical installer can get a DE installed easily…if you don’t mind MATE or Xfce:

Sets up the target disk with the ZFS configuration:

I liked the Software Station package manager, but was unable to get the Cinnamon DE installed properly:

Again, great to see one of the BSD’ers placing some focus on the basic Desktop OS users, and GhostBSD might be the perfect solution for those seeking a break from Linux. Not for me tho, since it lacks fulltime Root User access, i.e. it requires a ‘Password Dependentstandard user.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!