The NomadBSD team has announced the release of NomadBSD 1.4, a stable release of FreeBSD based, persistent, live BSD project. The NomadBSD 1.4 is based on FreeBSD 12.2-p4. In addition to the package updates from the base distribution, NomadBSD 1.4 brings improvements to automatic driver detection, system installer, and touchpad support.

NomadBSD 1.4 Preview

The main highlights in NomadBSD since the 1.3.2 release are as follows:

  • Base system updated to FreeBSD 12.2-p4.
  • Improved the system installer
    • Problems with booting the installed system via UEFI have been fixed.
    • The suitable graphics card driver will now be installed and setup, instead of using the auto-detection on the installed system.
  • Automatic graphics driver detection has been improved
    • Fallback to VESA or SCFB if no better graphics driver could be found
    • Autodetection will now run only if the system configuration has changed since the last successful detection.
  • Improved touchpad support
    • If Xorg reports a problem with the touchpad, kern.evdev.rcpt_mask is automatically adjusted to use sysmouse.
    • The tool DSBXinput has been added which allows for easy configuration of touchpads and mice.
  • An rc-script for saving and restoring the display brightness has been added.
  • GUI tool to easily install Google Chrome & Brave Browser
  • Support for selecting other window managers or desktop environments by pressing in the graphical login manager (SLiM) has been added.
  • wifimgr has been replaced by NetworkMgr.
  • The subsystem for auto-starting applications used by NomadBSD does now conform to the XDG autostart specs
  • The partition which uses the remaining space is now mounted under /data.
  • No i386 support for accelerated graphics for Intel and ATI/AMD cards anymore.

You may also see the official release announcement for NomadBSD 1.4.

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