Unix derivative ghostbsd: version 21.01.15 is slimmer and has new video drivers

The developer team around eric turgeon has ghostbsd 21.01.15 released. The new version of the preconfigured, freebsd-based desktop system is available as a hybrid iso image for cd-r or usb sticks. The desktop environment is the current mate or xfce to choose from.


A goal of ghostbsd 21.01.15 it was to reduce the memory requirement so far that the live system including zfs also run on computers with only 4 gb of ram – was used here on singleboard computer on the arm base? To make ghostbsd slimmer, among other things, the powerful office suite libreoffice and the messenger telegram from the list of preinstalled packages were removed. However, the packages can be installed easily in the later operation via the package management.

The focus on modern zfs also led to the decision to offer the installation on ufs (unix file system) no more than an option supported by a wizard. Partition the system by hand (custom partitioning) can still be created for special trap still ufs partitions. On the installer itself some improvements were made and minor errors fixed. Among other things, this in the past had prevented the installation in the course of the preliminary installation conditions in some cases.


A missing line in the / etc / fstst stau led to problems with the steam client in early versions, which runs surprisingly well in the gnu / linux emulation of freebsd. In the current release, the corresponding line was added.

Overview of the translucent error corrections and features provide the release notes to ghostbsd 21.01.15. Additionally, ghostbsd 21.01.15 as may also be the interim new features, improvements and bug fixes from the upstream, ie the original freebsd base system.

Images for cd-r, usb stick and vms

Ghostbsd 21.01.15 can be downloaded as an iso hybrid image for free from the ghostbsd project page. Who ghostbsd 21.01.15 in a virtual machine under virtualbox wants to try it, should note that the virtualbox extensions are no longer preinstalled and must be reused if necessary. The extensions ensure that a virtual machine is better integrated into the host, such as a special virtual graphics card also offers high resolutions for the desktop.