GhostBSD Openbox is an open source BSD distribution based on the widely used FreeBSD operating system and built around the lightweight and minimalist Openbox window manager. The distribution incorporates FreeBSD’s next-gen package management system, which lets users to easily and quickly install, update or remove software packages from their installations.
Distributed as 32-bit and 64-bit Live CDs
This edition is distributed as two Live CD ISO images, supporting the i386 (32-bit) and amd64 (64-bit) instruction set architectures. They can be burned on blank CD discs or written to USB sticks.
Users will be prompted by a text-mode menu when booting from the Live CD, engineered to be used for starting the live environment in multi user or single user modes, use a shell prompt, reboot the machine, as well as to configure advanced boot options.
Minimal desktop environment powered by Openbox
The desktop session is so minimalist that it does not even include a taskbar or a panel. This might be scare novices, who tend to believe that the operating system is actually broken.
The fact of the matter is that Openbox has been created to be used by programmers and users who preferred an extremely simple, yet very fast desktop environment. Applications can be launched from the main menu, which can be accessed by right clicking anywhere on the desktop.
Default applications include the Mozilla Firefox web browser, GPicView image viewer, Sylpheed email client, Transmission torrent downloader, and Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger.
In addition, it includes the XChat IRC client, Thunar file manager, Terminator terminal emulator, Geany text editor, Xarchiver archive manager, GNOME MPlayer video player, Xfburn CD/DVD burning software, and ePDFViewer for viewing PDF files and other documents.
All in all, the GhostBSD project proved once again that it can deliver a stable and reliable FreeBSD-based operating system to end-users who want to transform their old and dusty machines into state-of-the-art UNIX computing environments.