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GhostBSD 21.09.06 ISO's now available

 I am happy to announce the new ISO 21.09.06. This new ISO contains the switch from OpenRC to FreeBSD rc.d and numerous fixes and improvements.

What is new in 21.09.06?

  • GhostBSD moved back to FreeBSD rc.d to start services

Github ticket completed:

Pull Request open and merged:

 

To upgrade to 21.09.06

Do your normal update from Update Station.

Note: 21.09. is the date that the ISO is built and not a release. GhostBSD has adopted the CI/CD philosophy that makes us rolling release.

Where to download:

All images checksum, hybrid ISO(DVD, USB), and torrent are available here:

https://www.ghostbsd.org/download

Writing the iso to a USB stick:

On BSD

dd if=GhostBSD-21.09.06.iso of=/dev/da0 bs=4m

On Linux

dd if=GhostBSD-21.09.06.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=4M

On Mac

dd if=GhostBSD-21.09.06.iso of=/dev/disk2 bs=10240

When installing on VirtualBox make sure to change the Graphics Controller to VBoxSVGA see this ticket on how to do it https://github.com/ghostbsd/ghostbsd-src/issues/77#issuecomment-908277032

Recommended system requirements for the new iso

  • 64-bit processor
  • 4GB+ of RAM
  • 15 GB of free hard drive space
  • Network card

The switch to FreeBSD rc.d is coming

After trying to keep all services for OpenRC up to date with FreeBSD services, I weighed the pros and cons of OpenRC. The only pro that made the decision hard to make was OpenRC's services status feature, so I turned to the community with a poll to see the consensus.

The poll was up for a week. The results are as follows:
FreeBSD RC (rc.d) 68% (217 votes)
OpenRC 32% (104 votes)
The Total of votes: 321

So I am going with the majority. I have been running GhostBSD with rc.d for over a month to ensure a smooth transition. Now I feel comfortable pushing the update to switch to rc.d. So tonight, GhostBSD will have an update that will set bsdrc to system_rc in /boot/loader.conf and add all services from OpenRC default runlevel to /etc/rc.conf. It is to be expected that the colorful boot messages will disappear.

It is to be noted that OpenRC will not be removed from our source code before next year.

For those who are disappointed with this change, put your feet in my shoes. Maintaining FreeBSD services plus FreeBSD ports services for OpenRC is too much for one person. In addition, I do not have the adequate manpower to keep up with all new services and services changes. I have people helping, but it is not enough to keep up. So instead of trying to keep up with something that already works well, GhostBSD will focus on improving the FreeBSD desktop experience.

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