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GhostBSD18.10 RC1 is out and Available for testing

This first release candidate of GhostBSD 18.10 is the first official release of GhostBSD with TrueOS under the hood. The official desktop of GhostBSD is MATE. However, in the future, there might be an XFCE community release, but for now, there is no community release yet.

What has changed since 11.1

  • GhostBSD is now built from TrueOS instead of FreeBSD

  • OpenRC is our main init system

  • LibreSSL is in base

  • GhostBSD base system can now be upgraded to the next release via TrueOS packages base.

  • We removed grub from the iso in favor of the new freebsd hybrid loader.

  • NetworkMgr now supports the option to manage multiple network card connection.

  • Unionfs was removed from the live session.

  • The live system has been rewritten to fix many issues

  • GhostBSD boots directly to mate session

  • GhostBSD supports ZFS BE by default

  • FreeBSD ports and packages are incompatible with GhostBSD 18.10

  • GhostBSD uses TrueOS ports to build packages.

Issues that got fixed

  • VirtualBox's Firefox scroll up issue

  • Slim login failing on the live CD

All thanks to iXsystems, TrueOS, Joe Maloney, Kris Moore, Ken Moore, Martin Wilke, Neville Goddard, Vester “Vic” Thacker, Douglas Joachim, Alex Lyakhov, Yetkin Degirmenci and many more who helped to make the transition from FreeBSD to TrueOS smoother.

Time to find more issues

We encourage you to use our issue system at to report a bug.

Where to download:

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

For writing an iso to a USB stick:


dd if=GhostBSD18.10-RC1.iso of=/dev/da0 bs=4m

On Linux

dd if=GhostBSD18.10-RC1.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=4M

On Mac

dd if=GhostBSD18.10-RC1.iso of=/dev/disk2 bs=10240


Is there anything you can help with or get involved? Maybe you want to discuss your experiences or ask us some questions. If so, please contact us on Telegram, IRC Freenode #ghostbsd or GhostBSD Forums.

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GhostBSD is switching it's system base

You might have seen the discussion about this subject on the GhostBSD forums. So yes GhostBSD will release a version in the future with TrueOS as the base system. We have not yet decided if we will continue releasing a version with FreeBSD as the base operating system.

Why switching to TrueOS instead of FreeBSD?

For some time we have discussed problems that GhostBSD is facing in the long run. Some of our community have asked for improvements including a better rc such as OpenRC. We all have thought of OpenRC, but for a small team, it is a hard thing to do on our own as a project. After a lot of discussions, we decided to join TrueOS effort. Since then it is now making more sense as both of the main developers of GhostBSD work for iXsystems.

TrueOS is becoming more mature as an appliance building platform making it appealing for the goal of creating reproducible builds of GhostBSD. Security-enhancing features such as LibreSSL integration and improved service management with OpenRC are just a few examples of some the improvements the switch will bring.