FuryBSD 12.1 Released: A New And Fresh FreeBSD-Based Desktop

This new release is now supported FreeBSD 12.1 with the newest FreeBSD quarterly packages. This brings XFCE up to 4.14, and KDE up to 5 .17. Additionally, to updates this new ISO mostly addresses community bugs, community enhancement requests, and community pull requests. thanks to the overwhelming amount of reports with GitHub hosting all new releases are now being pushed to Source Forge just for the present. Previous releases will still be kept for archive purposes.

FuryBSD 12.1 Released: A New And Fresh FreeBSD-Based Desktop

Joe Maloney is that the man behind FuryBSD who came with this project last year at Knox BUG Meetup. He explains that FuryBSD is that the derivative of FreeBSD but also different from it in some ways , for instance , extra helper tools, quarter patch set updates, and straightforward desktop configuration or installation.

FuryBSD 12.1: What’s New?

As Joe promises to release a brand new ISO every three months, FuryBSD 12.1 is that the first update of 2020. This release contains various patch sets and enhancements.

Here is that the list of key changes:

  • Clean-up leftover union dir after install to disk (Clean-up).
  • Make sure furybsd-xorg-tool installs the proper version for nvidia-driver-390 enhancement (Bugfix).
  • Add NVidia-driver (latest) category to fury-xorg-tool enhancement (Enhancement).
  • Restore beastie menu and default timeout on live media enhancement (Request came in from the forum within the sort of confusion due lack of single user mode and other options).
  • Add updating documentation (Enhancement).
  • Update packages on ISO to FreeBSD quarterly branch branches/2020Q1 (Latest quarterly packages same as FreeBSD).
  • Make root mount read write of live image (Clean-up).
  • Update ISO to 12.1 (Latest FreeBSD 12.1-p2).

For an in depth changelog, you can head over to the official release note.

How To Install FuryBSD?

If you’re an existing user of FuryBSD, you can directly update it from your terminal. But before doing that, first, you would like to fetch minor updates for your FreeBSD desktop.

freebsd-update fetch

freebsd-update install

Next, you can upgrade your system to a replacement version of FreeBSD by running below command:

freebsd-update -r 12.1-RELEASE upgrade


For fresh installations, you can also download the FuryBSD ISO images which are available in both Xfce and KDE.

People Often Ask About FuryBSD

Q1. Is FreeBSD better than Linux?

Yes, FreeBSD is faster than Linux. Yet, Linux is faster than FreeBSD. So, it depends on what you’re talking about. The TL; DR version is: FreeBSD has lower latency, and Linux has faster application speeds.

Q2. Why FreeBSD is not popular?

Why is BSD not better known? For a number of reasons, BSD is relatively unknown: The BSD developers are often more interested in polishing their code than marketing it. Much of Linux’s popularity is due to factors external to the Linux projects, such as the press, and to companies formed to provide Linux services.

Q3. Why should I use FreeBSD?

It makes an excellent Internet and Intranet server thanks to its robust network services that allow it to maximize memory and work with heavy loads to deliver and maintain good response times for thousands of simultaneous user processes. FreeBSD runs a huge number of applications with ease.

Q4. What are the benefits of FreeBSD over Linux?

  • BSD License is less restrictive and it permits distribution of the binary-only source.
  • FreeBSD is an absolutely free software.
  • FreeBSD is a complete operating system by itself.
  • FreeBSD uses ipfw as the firewall.

Q5. Does Netflix use FreeBSD?

What you probably did not know is that Netflix uses FreeBSD to deliver its content to you. Yes, that’s right. Netflix relies on FreeBSD to build its in-house content delivery network (CDN). A CDN is a group of servers located in various part of the world.

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