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    GhostBSD, anyone using it?


    Saw a new BSD Distro on Distro Watch called GhostBSD. I can download it with a MATE or Xfce Desktop(probably go Xfce) and just wonder how hard it would be to install and run? I've been messing around with Linux based Distros for over a year now and would like to give a BSD Distro a try if for no other reason the fun of it. Anything special I need to do to install it on my HP/Compaq NC6400? Will it have drivers and stuff for my bluetooth and wifi out of the box? What is the package manager like? I'm use to apt-get and pacman, never did anything with BSD so it'd be totally new territory for me. Thanks for any info or help you can give.
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    It's built on FreeBSD which I used for years - beginning with its first release. An excellent OS and the main reason I moved off it was I spent a lot of time compiling software for it. The desktop wasn't its focus but since it is with Ghost it's probably a good choice.

    FreeBSD uses something called ports for package management though I here they are moving to something new. I presume GhostBSD uses the same.

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    I got GhostBSD downloaded but it's an .img file and the dd command they gave in their wiki just doesn't work to move it to a USB stick for install. I'm currently using UNetbootin to download FreeBSD 8.0 to a USB stick so I can at least try to boot to it and see what it's all about. Wish me Luck, I'm going to need it.
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    Well, since I'm not use to using fdisk to set up partitions trying to install FreeBSD was a total fail and since I can get GhostBSD onto a USB drive to try to install it I have no idea how it'd be to install. Why can't devs add a decent GUI installer to their Distros, I mean it IS 2014 and many other Distros do it, not like we're living in the DOS days with graphics only.
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    According to this: GhostBSD Users Handbook - GhostBSD Wiki Ghost does have a graphical installer.

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    Now if they'd just make it an .iso instead of a .img then I could use UNetbootin to make a Live USB to boot to.
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    Ok, just for grins I checked out the DVD version of GhostBSD and it's an .iso, go figure. So, I'm going to download it then I can use that copy to put onto a USB stick with UNetbootin. Not sure why they have the USB version as a .img file and not an .iso.
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    Well, stuck the .iso onto a USB stick with UNetbootin and it was a total no go. Figured what the heck, I'll burn it to a DVD but still, wouldn't boot to a Live requirement. Something was borked with the xserver or some such. Guess I'm going to give up on BSD for the moment.
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    Hi,

    Unetbootin won't get you anywhere. Why don't you just use dd instead? It worked perfectly for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNFrank View Post
    Well, since I'm not use to using fdisk to set up partitions trying to install FreeBSD was a total fail
    Read the manual for fdisk, it's not that hard.
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    and since I can get GhostBSD onto a USB drive to try to install it I have no idea how it'd be to install.
    Like Priareos said - you have to dd the img fine onto the USB stick.
    Quote Originally Posted by TNFrank View Post
    Why can't devs add a decent GUI installer to their Distros, I mean it IS 2014 and many other Distros do it, not like we're living in the DOS days with graphics only.
    I don't see what it being "2014" has to do with anything nor why a "GUI installer" would be useful. A GUI installer is not much use on certain systems or when running headless or unattended installs.

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