ghostbsd_1The developers of GhostBSD have chosen to take a new direction with their desktop-oriented operating system. They have abandoned all desktop environments, including GNOME, to take on MATE. The desktop environment MATE is an offshoot of GNOME 2 featuring large improvements. You can try out MATE on GhostBSD 3.5. Version 4.0 is currently in the works and will feature MATE only.

GhostBSD is a user-friendly desktop operating system based on FreeBSD. The project’s goal is to create an easy-to-use and familiar workspace that can be used at home or office and for data rescue. GhostBSD supports a number of popular lightweight desktop environments, including MATE, Xfce, LXDE and Openbox. It also provides FreeBSD’s package management system, Apache’s, LibreOffice, LibreCAD, and Eclipse/Anjuta development environments for C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Jala and Python.

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