GhostBSD 22.06: Classic desktop meets Unix-like operating system


The free operating system GhostBSD for x64 systems based on Unix relies on the system kernel from FreeBSD and a classic user interface in the form of the desktop environment MATE 1.26. The latest version has improved handling of Nvidia graphics drivers and Broadcom Wi-Fi hardware.

Based on FreeBSD 13.0 and MATE 1.26

The Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) is a variant of the free operating system Unix running under the Sun Microsystems CDDL open source license and is the basis for the current release of GhostBSD 22.06, which in turn is FreeBSD 13.1 and no longer its derivative TrueOS – formerly PC-BSD – uses.

GhostBSD 22.06 with MATE 1.26 (Image: GhostBSD)

Optionally, GhostBSD 22.06 can also be used with Xfce 4.16.0 instead of MATE, but the project itself focuses its free operating system entirely on the MATE Desktop Environment, which was created as a fork from Gnome.

Base and lineage

  • Unix
    • → BSD
      • → FreeBSD
        • → GhostBSD
Work Environment and Desktop

  • MATE Desktop Environment 1.26.0
  • Xfce 4.16.0
OS kernel

  • FreeBSD 13.1 for AMD64
Init software

  • OpenRC for Unix-like computer operating systems
Release model

  • Fixed with fixed release cycles
Currentness of packages

  • GhostBSD comes “out of the box” with package versions that are current at the time of release.
    • Applications such as the open-source browser Chromium 102.0 and the free e-mail client Thunderbird 91.10 are up to date.
    • Serves as an office suite LibreOffice 7.3, while version 21.3 of the free Mesa 3D graphics stack is provided.

The classic desktop operating system also comes with the latest version of VLC Media Player and the open source image editing programs Krita 5.0.8 and GIMP 2.10.32.

GhostBSD alongside Windows, macOS and Linux

Since the release of GhostBSD 20.02, the graphical installer can also create partitions with the ZFS file system next to existing Windows, macOS or Linux partitions, so that GhostBSD can also be used on multi-boot systems without any problems.

Support for AMD, Nvidia and Broadcom

Thanks to the upgrade to the system kernel FreeBSD 13.1-Stable improved support for AMD and Nvidia graphics drivers and Broadcom Wi-Fi hardware.

Some of the improvements are automation on the livecd to install the proper Nvidia driver, and when a package fails to upgrade, Update Station will reinstall it and resume the update.

I have added the BWN_GPL_PHY option in our default GENERIC kernel to compile drivers that include GPLv2 code. Now, most Broadcom devices are detected, including my iMac.


With the help of the revised graphical front end “Software Station”, missing applications and drivers install it quickly and easily if you wish.

The developers inform you about all other changes in GhostBSD 22.06 in the official release notes. A multilingual wiki is intended to help those switching to the Unix operating system for the first time.

GhostBSD, which specializes in Linux and open source, demonstrates how the desktop operating system performs in everyday life YouTube channel “MichlFranken”.