NomadBSD1.4 RC1

New user here, just to say a big thank you to the devs for the 1.4 release. I downloaded it transferred to USB and it works like a charm on my laptop HP 250!

I will let you know if I run into any problems.

Thanks again!


Thank you for reporting back! I’m glad you enjoy NomadBSD!


  • The base system has been upgraded to FreeBSD 12.2-p2.

Two very recent security advisories (2021-01-29):

I imagine that the second advisory (Xen-related) will be irrelevant to users of NomadBSD. The first is more interesting.

Towards 12.2-RELEASE-p3:

nomad@NomadBSD:~% date ; freebsd-version -kru
Sat 30 Jan 2021 14:07:37 GMT
nomad@NomadBSD:~% sudo freebsd-update fetch

We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System
Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:

    #1) Respect the privacy of others.
    #2) Think before you type.
    #3) With great power comes great responsibility.

src component not installed, skipped
Looking up mirrors... 3 mirrors found.
Fetching public key from done.
Fetching metadata signature for 12.2-RELEASE from done.
Fetching metadata index... done.
Fetching 2 metadata files... done.
Inspecting system... done.
Preparing to download files... done.
Fetching 45 patches.....10....20....30....40.. done.
Applying patches... done.
Fetching 9 files... .... done.
The following files will be updated as part of updating to

Following installation and a restart:

nomad@NomadBSD:~% freebsd-version -kru

The Linux Browser GUI installer is nice, which I tested by installing the Brave browser. However the installer didn’t give any indication that it had completed its task, and had to be manually closed. The last line in its terminal indicated “processing triggers…” This may confuse a few Newbies.

Please note that sane-backends-1.0.31 is broken for my HP-5370 flatbed scanner, and was reported to upstream late in 2020 but the fix has yet to trickle down to us mortals running FreeBSD-RELEASE versions. It would be nice if NomadBSD-1.4 shipped with sane-backends-1.0.29 from NomadBSD-1.3.2, which works very well for older HP scanners.

Other than those items, NomadBSD-1.4-RC1 is working nicely, for both legacy BIOS and UEFI boot. The OpenBox menu font size is perfect for my 1680x1050 flat panel. Nice work!

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…just curious…
Why Brave? - the Chromium/Chrome UI or something else?

As I understand it and in layman’s terms, Brave is a de-Googled (tracking bits removed) version of Chrome.

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Thank you for reporting that. It will probably be better in the NomadBSD 1.4 release.

Thank you! Good feedback is alway welcome! :slight_smile:

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@rayburn, Congratulations! NomadBSD-1.4-RC1 is working perfectly on my Dell XPS-8100 and with a Gnome Desktop, thanks to mk1. @rayburn, I think we both hit the jackpot with NomadBSD. :grinning:


Since the exit of the NomadBSD-1.4-RC1, it’s working perfectly on
laptop Lenovo ThinkPad L540, Lenovo ThinkPad X250, HP 650 G2
desktop Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q

my daily use for my work:
openconnect (Cisco AnyConnect VPNs)
Virtualbox for Windows 10

I only transport my ssd usb drive. I was looking for a long time persistent live system and Nomad is very beautiful and practice. I can install and upgrade package. Good job!

Some remarks (nothing bad some details…), I don’t know if this is the right place

  1. this folder is growing, I need to del it regularly to save space on /
    nomad@NomadBSD$ du -h /root/.cache/mesa_shader_cache
    78M /root/.cache/mesa_shader_cache
    sudo rm -rf /root/.cache/mesa_shader_cache/

  2. Is it possible to have also redirection /var/db/pkg to /data/var/db/pkg on /etc/fstab to save space on / ?

  3. I active numlock on bootup (BSAutostart) with numlockx (pkg install -y numlockx)…maybe there is a solution in xx but I haven’t seen it…

  4. First time I can enlarge the openoffice window (example writer). I close it and next time I can’t enlarge the openoffice window, reduce or enlarge button are not present. I use “libreoffice --safe-mode” to reset profile.

Thanks a lot again for your job and time


Thank you for the feedback, @bsd276.

For now you could replace /root/.cache/mesa_shader_cache by a symlink to /tmp:

# rm -rf /root/.cache/mesa_shader_cache
# ln -s /tmp /root/.cache/mesa_shader_cache


You could instead uncomment the line

#numlock             on

in /usr/local/etc/slim.conf

Odd. I will later try to reproduce that.

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thanks a lot

I have now successfully tested it on three further old laptops (Toshiba Equim, Toshiba Satellite C50D and a Samsung 900X) and all ran faultlessly, I am very impressed.

I will check out that apparent libreoffice bug that @bsd276 mentions above and post the results.


For your information libreoffice has been updated today ( ->

I think the problem comes from a change of computer with a different screen size. Maybe libreoffice keeps some information in configuration file

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Regarding the Libreoffice problem discussed above, I was experiencing the same problem as @bsd276 had.

I have now copied the image from the original download to a different USB stick and the problem seems to have resolved itself even though I haven’t updated the original image at all.

So, for the moment, all good.

After 10 months I’m back on Nomadbsd. The next step is done and on my Asus TUF Gaming 705GM laptop wifi is working fine and fast.
Now nearly everything works out of the box. Only the onboard bluetooth doesn’t work, so I need a cable for my mouse. I searched for help but this bluetooth device is not supported from Freebsd. But this doesn’t matter.
I’m happy with Nomadbsd and I use it for daily office tasks.


I posted this:

about my experience with DELL Latitude D430, in main thread.
It fits here better.

Took a swing at 1.4 RC1 and installed it on a 16 GB Kingston USB3-stick.
After the install-reboot I opted for a package update with OctoPkg… and choked the system :slightly_frowning_face:
The root-fs is full and the system crashes during boot-up.

Somewhere on the forum I think I saw a change mitigating this scenario, is the RC2 in the horizon? :slight_smile:

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