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NomadBSD
NomadBSD screenshot.png
NomadBSD v1.4 desktop running Openbox with Plank
OS familyUnix-like (BSD)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Initial release0.5.3
Latest release1.4 / March 3, 2021; 6 months ago (2021-03-03)
Platformsamd64
Kernel typeMonolithic FreeBSD kernel
LicenseFreeBSD license
Official websitenomadbsd.org

NomadBSD is a Unix-like operating system based on FreeBSD featuring a persistent live system for USB flash drives.[1][2][3] This BSD is unique as it is designed to be used as a live desktop system that works out of the box using automatic hardware detection and setup.[3]

History and features[edit]

NomadBSD was created as a live system to boot off a USB flash drive with either BIOS or UEFI support. This lets a user test whether or not their current hardware configuration will work with FreeBSD before putting the effort into directly installing FreeBSD.[2][3] NomadBSD's unique configuration make it usable for data recovery or educational purposes.[2][3]

NomadBSD will work with multiple hardware configurations, as does FreeBSD. It comes pre-configured running the Openbox windows manager.[2][4][5] This is one of the few "plug it in and go" solutions in the BSD world.[5]

Version history[edit]

Legend: Old version, no support Older version, still supported Current stable version Latest preview version Future release
Version[6] Release date Features and Notes
Old version, no longer supported: 0.5.3[1] February 19, 2018
  • Partition scheme changed from MBR to GPT+EFI[7]
Old version, no longer supported: 1.0[1][6] February 28, 2018
  • First general availability release.
  • Setup process improved.[7]
  • Support for optional geli encryption of home partition added.[7]
Old version, no longer supported: 1.1[1][6] July 7, 2018
  • Base system upgraded to FreeBSD 11.2-RELEASE.
  • Basic support for MacBooks added.[8]
Old version, no longer supported: 1.2[1][6][9] April 21, 2019
  • Base system upgraded to FreeBSD 12.0-p3.
Old version, no longer supported: 1.3[1][6][10] December 7, 2019
  • Base system changed to FreeBSD 12.1-RELEASE-p1.
  • Support for ZFS installations added to the NomadBSD installer.
  • Auto configuration for running in VirtualBox added.
Old version, no longer supported: 1.3.1[1][6][11] March 8, 2020
  • Base system upgraded to FreeBSD 12.1-p2.
  • Automatic network setup improved.[12]
  • First NomadBSD image to be larger than 4GB.[12]
Old version, no longer supported: 1.3.2[1][6][13] July 6, 2020
  • Base system upgraded to FreeBSD 12.1-p6.
Old version, no longer supported: 1.4[1][6][14] March 3, 2021
  • Base system upgraded to FreeBSD 12.2-p4.
  • Problems with booting installed system via UEFI fixed.
  • Improved installer.[15]
Current stable version: 130R-20210508[1][6][16] May 11, 2021
  • Team changed versioning scheme to following form: FFfX-YYYYMMDD with FF as the major two-digit FreeBSD version, f as the minor version, and X for ALPHA (A), BETA (B), RC, or RELEASE (R) with a date appended
  • Base system upgraded to FreeBSD 13.0-RELEASE
  • Partition alignment has changed to 1M to improve the write speed on flash drives
  • Bug fixed where GLX is disabled
  • VMWare drivers added
Version Release date Features and Notes

Recommended system requirements[edit]

The following are the recommended requirements.[1]

  • 64-bit or 32-bit processor (1.2GHz)
  • USB flash drive (5GB or greater)
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Network access
  • BIOS and UEFI booting both supported

The NomadBSD Team[edit]

The NomadBSD Team consists of the following members:[17]

  • Lars Engels
  • Marcel Kaiser
  • Grégory Reinbold
  • Dmitry Salychev

See also[edit]


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  • DesktopBSD

References[edit]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 "NomadBSD". nomadbsd.org. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Paul, John (2019-04-26). "NomadBSD, a BSD for the Road - It's FOSS". It's FOSS. Retrieved 2021-01-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Guide to FreeBSD Desktop Distributions | FreeBSD Foundation". freebsdfoundation.org. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  4. jardows (2020-04-09). "NomadBSD - A Quick Review | [H]ard|Forum". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Distro Review: NomadBSD 1.3 | LinuxDistros". Download Linux and BSD distributions free. 2019-12-23. Retrieved 2021-05-20. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 "Releases · nomadbsd/NomadBSD". GitHub. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "NomadBSD Release Notes". freeshell.de. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  8. Coelho, Nelson (2018-07-26). "NomadBSD - Out of nowhere (Part I)". www.linkedin.com. Retrieved 2021-05-20. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. "BSD Release: NomadBSD 1.2 (DistroWatch.com News)". distrowatch.com. 2019-04-21. Retrieved 2021-01-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "BSD Release: NomadBSD 1.3 (DistroWatch.com News)". distrowatch.com. 2019-12-07. Retrieved 2021-01-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. "BSD Release: NomadBSD 1.3.1 (DistroWatch.com News)". distrowatch.com. 2020-03-08. Retrieved 2021-01-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Cao (2020-03-21). "NomadBSD 1.3.1 is now available!". FreeBSDNews.com. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  13. "Distribution Release: NomadBSD 1.3.2 (DistroWatch.com News)". distrowatch.com. 2020-07-06. Retrieved 2021-01-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. "BSD Release: NomadBSD 1.4 (DistroWatch.com News)". distrowatch.com. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  15. "NomadBSD 1.4 Working On An Improved Installer, Better Driver Detection - Phoronix". www.phoronix.com. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  16. "BSD Release: NomadBSD 130R-20210508 (DistroWatch.com News)". distrowatch.com. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  17. "NomadBSD - Team". nomadbsd.org. Retrieved 2021-01-25.

External links[edit]

Category:2018 software Category:Operating system distributions bootable from read-only media Category:ARM operating systems Category:Computing platforms Category:Lightweight Unix-like systems Category:PowerPC operating systems Category:Software using the BSD license Category:IA-32 operating systems Category:X86-64 operating systems


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