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Last Update: 2019-04-21 21:01 UTC

NomadBSD is a 64-bit live system for USB flash drives, based on FreeBSD. Together with automatic hardware detection and setup, it is configured to be used as a desktop system that works out of the box, but can also be used for data recovery.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 115 (90), 6 months: 90 (141), 3 months: 95 (132), 4 weeks: 118 (88), 1 week: 112 (80)

Average visitor rating: 7.47/10 from 15 review(s).

NomadBSD Summary
Distribution NomadBSD
Home Page http://nomadbsd.org/
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User Forums --
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Documentation --
Screenshots http://nomadbsd.org/screenshots.html DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors http://nomadbsd.org/download.html
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Related Websites https://www.freebsd.org/
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 • 2019-04-21: Distribution Release: NomadBSD 1.2
 • 2019-01-18: Development Release: NomadBSD 1.2 RC1
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Feature 1.2 1.1
Release Date 2019-04-21 2018-07-07
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 2000-2000 2000-2000
Free Download IMG IMG
Installation Text Text
Default Desktop Openbox Openbox
Package Management pkg pkg
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Init Software RC RC
Journaled File Systems UFS, ZFS UFS, ZFS
Multilingual Yes Yes
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List 1.2 1.1
Package 1.2 1.1
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.2 1.1.2
ati-driver (18.30) -- --
bash (5.0) 5.0 4.4
bind (9.15.0) -- --
chromium (75.0.3770.90) -- --
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.10 2.2.8
dhcp (4.4.1) -- --
e2fsprogs (1.45.2) 1.45.0 1.44.2
firefox (67.0.2) 66.0.3 61.0
freetype (2.10.0) 2.9.1 2.9.1
gcc (9.1.0) -- --
gimp (2.10.12) -- --
glibc (2.29) -- --
gnome-shell (3.32.2) -- --
gnucash (3.5) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- --
grub (2.02) -- --
gtk (3.24.8) -- 2.24.32
httpd (2.4.39) -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- --
k3b (19.04.2) -- --
kmod (26) -- --
krita (4.2.1) -- --
libreoffice (6.2.4) 6.2.2 6.0.5
linux (5.1.10) -- --
Package 1.2 1.1
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- --
mariadb (10.3.15) -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.0) -- --
mesa (19.1.0) 18.3.2 18.1.2
mysql (8.0.16) -- --
nautilus (3.32.1) -- --
NVIDIA (430.26) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6 3.6
openjdk (12.0.1) -- --
openssh (8.0p1) -- --
openssl (1.1.1c) -- --
perl (5.30.0) -- --
php (7.3.6) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.16.0) -- --
postfix (3.4.5) -- --
postgresql (11.3) -- --
Python (3.7.3) -- --
qt (5.12.3) 5.12.1 5.10.1
samba (4.10.4) -- --
systemd (242) -- --
thunderbird (60.7.1) 60.6.1 52.9.0
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.1
vlc ( 3.0.6 2.2.8
xfdesktop (4.12.5) -- --
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.18.4 1.18.4

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Version: 1.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-05-17
Votes: 14

Perfect for everyday use.
The openbox menu accessed by right clicking anywhere on the desktop is such a simple and direct way to access applications and settings. HP printer setup is so easy using the HP Device manager, but I find you have to use the Printer configuration utility (CUPS web interface shortcut) to print a test page, think its actually a HPLIP problem that I noticed on other systems. The dock gives the desktop a somewhat MACish or XStreamOS feel. OctoPKH works good for adding or updating applications.
love it. best desktop I have come across

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Version: 1.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-05-14
Votes: 2

Wow, unbelievably great BSD desktop system
Used on 3 different computers, the first I installed on a SSD HD, the other two I just used a USB3 flash drive.
Besides Ethernet on the first install, I tried 3 different wireless connections on the second two, the ath PCI card worked without and changes or problems, the rtwn USB adapter didn't want to use channel needed, the run USB worked fine after reading man page and adding 2 lines to /boot/loader.conf.
No problems mounting FAT32 or NTFS USB storage drives without any configuration changes, video files play fine in VLC and mp3 music in DeadBeeF player. good documentation on website
everything about this system and the preinstalled applications is great.
far better then TrueOS or its derivatives Trident or GhostBSD

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Version: 1.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-04-30
Votes: 1

I've given Nomad a 10 for effort and what it's team has achieved but it's still hobbled by the same thing that is destroying any chance *BSD has got of challenging GNU/Linux on the desktop.

In a word: WiFi

Nomad looks beautiful and worked well in my brief test but that's the end of it. No Wifi? No dice. Laptops are the order of the day now and have been for probably over a decade. Seems like the *BSD people have been sitting on their hands pretending this isn't an issue presumably because they are focused on the server and workstation market.

Thing is, *BSDs like Ghost and Nomad can knock spots off Linux distos simply because they are working on a better kernel and userland. Perhaps someone can get the developers to hold their noses and do some form of NDIS wrapper that doesn't take a C programmer to understand.

People complain that MacOSX is too easy - but honestly, Windows 10 isn't that hard to set up now either. It's even bearable as a daily driver ... if you can put up with the adverts (I can't so I don't).

HaikuOS, also a strong contender as a daily driver (despite being a bit odd) suffers from the same problem for precisely the same reasons.

There are other criticisms I could point to in *BSD - slow boot time is one when compared to systemD or even RunIt on Void, but that's not a major issue.

Lack of good WiFi support is as much a deal killer as is lack of a decent web browser. I've yet to find a WiFi system that *BSD does support out of the box on the hardware I've come across. Every single one has worked with Linux (only once was I forced to compile a driver, but at least there WAS a driver.)

OK, rant over... but really, Nomad looks like a strong contender for the desktop crown under BSD since Ghost seems to have lost its way and the others... well... less said about those, the better.

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