GhostBSD 2.5 available with GNOME or LXDE
Following several months of development, the GhostBSD project has announced the release of version 2.5 of its BSD distribution. According to its developers, this update to GhostBSD is the result of many parts of the system being "updated, tweaked and fine-tuned".
GhostBSD 2.5 is based on the recent version 9.0 release of FreeBSD and, for the first time, is now available as two main branches. The standard GNOME edition of GhostBSD includes version 2.32.1 of GNOME as its default desktop, while the new branch includes the lightweight LXDE desktop environment.
As expected, the two editions share several of the same packages such as Firefox 9.0.1 and version 2.42 of the Transmission BitTorrent client; however, there are some differences. For example, the GNOME edition bundles version 3.4.4 of the LibreOffice office suite and Empathy, while the LXDE version includes AbiWord 2.8.4, Gnumeric 1.10.17 and version 2.10.1 of the Pidgin IM client.
GhostBSD 2.5 is available to download as LiveDVD/CD or LiveUSB images for 32- and 64-bit systems from SourceForge. Users can install the distribution using either the new text-based installer or the standard GhostBSD Installer.
The developers say that they are now in the process of setting goals for the upcoming 3.0 release, adding that feedback on the current release will help with the future version.