Installing Ghostbsd

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Installing Ghostbsd

Postby ken » Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:21 pm

Hello Gentlemen, after playing around with ghostbsd on a live usb I really like it. I'd really like to install it on my X99 rig with nvidia gtx970's.. Would there be an issues with the hexcore processor or video cards with ghostbsd? I'm an Arch linux user so I'm not scared of the command line but just looking to see what I'm in for. Thanks!
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Installing Ghostbsd


Re: Installing Ghostbsd

Postby kraileth » Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:33 am

Hello Ken and welcome to the forums!

Glad to hear that you like GhostBSD. From the parts that you mentioned I would not assume much trouble. Your PC should be fine for running a FreeBSD-based OS. I don't own a hexcore machine myself, but since FreeBSD scales up to a lot more CPUs, I could expect that it would make good use of all of them.

What usually is a problem, is Intel graphics on newer processors like Skylake and Kaby Lake. There's an experimental branch that some developers are using and I've heard good things about it, but it's not ready for prime time and thus not yet available in mainstream FreeBSD. However you are going to operate your PC using a dedicated graphics card, so that's not an issue for you. Luckily you have an nVidia card which usually means that things simply work. For quite some time now nVidia has been releasing their closed-source driver natively built for FreeBSD. So there's no emulation or anything like that involved. You just grab that driver and can expect things to work just as well as they work on Linux or Windows. Have a look here, nVidia even lists FreeBSD as a certified OS for your card.

If you would like to install GhostBSD on your machine, I would recommend picking the 10.3 release for now. The 11.0 release that's also available is an alpha release and haunted by quite a few issues. But of course it's safe to update to 11.0 once you have 10.3 installed.

BTW: I've been an Arch Linux user myself for half a decade before switching to FreeBSD (or mostly GhostBSD rather), thus I know my way around in Arch, too. So should you have any further questions or need help, feel free to ask. Whether you want to know how the ports system compares to building stuff from the AUR or what FreeBSD is like compared to the centralized rc.conf of the "good old days" before systemd came in to wreak havoc - I can tell you quite a bit about that. ;)
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Re: Installing Ghostbsd

Postby ken » Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:57 am

Oh excellent, thank you for the information. I will definitely give a go. One other question, after installing from the live usb does it require further configuration? or does it boot straight to a desktop environment? I love Arch and have using it for on and off for a few years but I need a change of pace... bsd's have always peaked my interest though. Thanks again!
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Re: Installing Ghostbsd

Postby ASX » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:08 am

hi and welcome,

unless of unexpected issues, after install it will boot to the desktop.
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Re: Installing Ghostbsd

Postby ken » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:41 am

Hello ASX, thank you. I'm going to download mate 10.3 and try it out.
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Re: Installing Ghostbsd

Postby NevilleGoddard » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:57 am

It will work fine. I'm currently using it on an 8 core cpu and it runs great.
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Re: Installing Ghostbsd

Postby ken » Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:55 pm

I must be missing something.. install off live usb, restart machine leaves me at login prompt. :lol: and now the live usb gets stuck loading desktop when I try to reinstall. oh well I try in a few weeks when I have more time.
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Re: Installing Ghostbsd

Postby NevilleGoddard » Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:54 am

When you log in what happens exactly? Do you enter user name and password and then nothing happens?
Are you using a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 stick to install with?
Finally, are you trying to install GhostBSD 11 or GhostBSD 10.3?

I've never had problems with 10.3 so I'm quite surprised by your post. I'll try installing it myself tonight and see what happens.
If xfce is okay for you try the xfce version. :D
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Re: Installing Ghostbsd

Postby ken » Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:03 am

Yeah.. both 10.3 and 11. It boots to command line without a desktop environment. I can log into a system without a gui. No worries, like I said when I have time in a few weeks I'll check my xorg conf... I just ran out of time last night unfortunately. 14 hour days at work leaves zero time. Thanks for the help.
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