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What is it?

GNUSTEP (this is a live CD based on an operating system, also known as a distribution) contains a lot of software for GNUstep, a free implementation of the OPENSTEP and Cocoa framework (which was also the base as Cocoa on macOS). It includes an excellent application called Gorm for RAD (Apple Software Design Guidelines). More about the Objective-C Language. The currently used window manager is Window Maker. Read this very informative article about what GNUstep is.

If you are an OPENSTEP, Cocoa developer and want to port your software to GNUstep and release it as Free Software, contact me. More what is questions answered. Still not impressed, read this? Read great documentation. Hopefully soon with a microkernel and a more usable approach to OS design. History about the Lighthouse Design Ltd..

List of all packages on the CD.

Quote of the Booz-Allen Study

Savoy 1992, Booz-Allen

Features of GNUSTEP live CD 2.5

  • Debian 9.0 based, Linux 4.9
  • No systemd but classic init
  • Emacs, GCC, Clang, bash, zsh
  • Nginx, Knot, dropbear, xrdp
  • Protracker, Mr. Boom, Grafx2

Future Plans

More about GNUstep

GNUstep is a free software implementation of the OpenStep specification (NeXT/SUN, 1994).
Why you want GNUstep
GNUstep - the ultimate development environment
Independent of X11 | FAQ | Articles on NeXTSTEP
Clang vs other Open Source Compilers
GNUstep demo (9:30 min)

What does it look like?

Screenshots | CD case
Screenshots of OPENSTEP
Screenshots of NEXTSTEP
Scans from a NeXT magazine

Press, Media, Magazines

manual icon Hacker News, 9 August 2017
Reviews on YouTube, Frederic Bezies, Bryan Lunduke, 2017
OSnews, 26 July 2017
Linux Magazin (german), 11 December 2009
Slashdot, February 2005 (english)
Linux Magazin, October 2004 (italian)
Linux Magazin, September 2004 (german) page 1, page 2
Linux Magazin, July 2004 (german)
Linux User, March 2004 (german)

Report bugs

Please report bugs to me if they are related to this GNUSTEP CD. Otherwise use the bug reporting facility of the appropriate project, which would either be Debian, GNUstep, or FreeBSD.




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If you want your mirror here, contact me

Burn the ISO image, write the USB image

After you downloaded the image check the integrity using this command sha256sum GNUSTEP-amd64-2.5.iso. If it matches the checksum in GNUSTEP-amd64-2.5.sha256.txt proceed with burning it. Here is an example command to burn it wodim -v speed=8 -dao -data GNUSTEP-amd64-2.5.1.iso. Here is an example command to write it dd if=GNUSTEP-i686-2.0.img of=/dev/yourusbstick.

Translations, Language setting

Select the language from the desktop context menu

GNUSTEP Release History

01 Sep 2017, 2.6 (Raspberry Pi), PikoPixel added, menus manually fixed
27 Jul 2017, 2.5.1 (AMD64), audio permissions fixed, GWorkspace settings improved
25 Jul 2017, 2.5 (AMD64)
14 Dec 2009, 2.0 (i686) USB image
12 Dec 2009, 2.0 (SUN UltraSPARC)
10 Dec 2009, 2.0 (i686)
06 Aug 2008, 1.9 (i486)
18 Jul 2008, 1.9 (SUN UltraSPARC)
14 Jul 2008, 1.9 (AMD64)
15 Apr 2008, 1.8 (with powerpc for Apple Mac)
08 Apr 2008, 1.8 (GRUB bootloader)
03 Apr 2008, 1.6 (with AMD64)
06 Nov 2006, 1.0
11 Feb 2005,
04 Feb 2005, 0.9.4
05 Jun 2004, 0.5
25 Feb 2004, 0.2

Install GNUstep

On Debian or Ubuntu
apt-get install gnustep gnustep-devel gnustep-games wdm menu
They have a section for GNUstep.

On FreeBSD
cd /usr/ports && make -C install deskutils/gworkspace
They have a section for GNUstep.

On Microsoft Windows
Download the installer or try the Cocotron

Install GNUSTEP on your Computer

install.txt (Sorry these are not updated for 2.5)
Right from Windows

There was a lot of software.

Here are a few screenshots of OPENSTEP applications. SUN Microsystems bought the Lighthouse Design Applications who made some great office software. Help free old (read mature) and excellent commercial OPENSTEP software from the vaults of SUN.COM. You should talk to Curtis Sasaki. I wish you'll have success, there was this petition. SUN's statement. Politics at SUN were kinda a step backwards for OPENSTEP but GNUstep is coming. SUN and Java failed because it is bad technology, OPENSTEP failed because managers failed at SUN. IBM has Lotus Improv.


Denis Bodor (GNUstep background image) | GNUstep developers | GNU | RMS | Debian GNUstep team | Lea Mathe (background picture)


Kickstart GNUstep | HelpCenter | Wiki | Cappuccino | The WorldWideWeb Browser


Software using GNUstep (Addresses, Adun, Affiche, BioCocoa, Camaelon, Camera, Charmap, Cenon, Cynthiune, EdenMath, Emacs on GNUstep, GNUstep Database Library 2 (EOF, Enterprise Objects Framework), Gridlock, Gorm, Gomoku, GNUMail, GNUstep-icons, GNUWash, GWorkspace, Grouch, GTAMS, ImageViewer, LapisPuzzle, Ladder, LaTeX Service, Lynkeos, Mines, MPDCon, Paje, ProjectCenter, PRICE, Poe, ProjectManager, Preferences, PlopFolio, Preview, Renaissance, RSS Reader, Scheme, Shisen, StepTalk, TalkSoup, TimeMon, Terminal, TextEdit, ViewPDF, Zillion, Zipper)

System restore, administrator, and network tools (foremost, flashrom, zoo, superiotool, htop, moreutils, memtester, lzma, file, mc, hddtemp, dosbox)

Multimedia, audio, graphics and video software (enblend, hugin, motion, potrace, evolvotron, grafx2, graphviz, gifsicle, mm3d, mplayer, wings3d, goattracker, schism, opencubicplayer, timidity, xmp, gnuplot, MilkyTracker)

In development and not yet on the CD (Hex Fiend, AgentFarms, AutoGraf, Bean, Catakig, CocoaFIBS, DigiBux, Duncan, Expense, EdenGraph, FlexiSheet, FlightTrack, GNUstepWeb (WebObjects 4.x), gnuspeech, ILogin, Java Interface to GNUstep, MathArray, OsiriX, Pixen, Popup, Ruby Interface to GNUstep, SlideShow, Smultron, SokoSave, TeXShop, WebKit)


The software on this CD as well as the whole content is Free Software. This policy is firm and if you find anything on the CD that is non-free, please contact me. I will then promptly remove it.

Last update on April 12, 2022, Copyright © 2004-2022 Alex Myczko Mailbox icon Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional Switzerland