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Open source snapshot: GhostBSD

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When it comes to open source desktop operating systems, there's no question that Linux is the top dog in terms of market share. But that's not to say that Linux is all there is. Alongside projects like GNU Hurd, Haiku and others, there is the plethora of desktop-targeted operating systems in the BSD family.

GhostBSD is a distribution based on FreeBSD. GhostBSD's creator, Eric Turgeon, says that the name comes from 'Gnome hosted by FreeBSD' and was originally pronounced 'G host BSD'. Now, everyone, including Turgeon, just pronounces it 'ghost BSD'.

GhostBSD's release schedule is based around FreeBSD's. "It will stay like that until we have the power, resources and equipment to make our own package repositories server," Turgeon says.

There is no direct relationship between GhostBSD and the FreeBSD team, but Turgeon says he has helped out the FreeBSD Gnome time.

Although other people have helped out with the project from time to time, it's mainly been a solo effort. He's happy for volunteers to join GhostBSD.

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