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Taking a peek at GhostBSD 1.0

Jul 08, 2010, 06:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Smith)

"The PC-BSD project brings a user-friendly pre-configured KDE desktop to the FreeBSD community. Which is all well and good, but what if you're more of a GNOME person? Well, it turns out there is a project in the works for you too. The GhostBSD project is in its early stages, but it's paving the way for users who enjoy running GNOME on a FreeBSD base without any configuring or installing extra software. I had a chance to exchange emails with Eric Turgeon, the project's founder and lead developer.

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DW: First, could you tell us what experience you had with BSD prior to starting GhostBSD? Did you develop with FreeBSD or other projects before creating your own BSD variant?

"ET: I'd never developed anything before, I was just a normal FreeBSD GNOME user. I came from Ubuntu and, a part, by PC-BSD. I'm not a fan of KDE and had never found a BSD project with GNOME. I decide to do it, without any skill in programming at all. It took me eight months to do the first release based on the FreeSBIE system. The first live CD I made was buggy. I added, changed and removed a lot of the code from the FreeSBIE makefile for the beta and for the release. The GhostBSD makefile is made from 60% FreeSBIE code, 5% from the FreeBSD GNOME live CD code and 35% by myself. I have one year of programming skill, learned by myself."

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