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PC-BSD Changes To TrueOS

The PC-BSD project had changed its name to TrueOS, formerly the name assigned to the project’s Server edition. TrueOS is not just a new name though, the project is going through a number of other changes too. In a blog post the project unveils several new features. Going forward, TrueOS will use a rolling release model, based on FreeBSD‘s “-CURRENT” development branch. The project is also rolling out a new tool called SysAdm which will provide remote administration capabilities to TrueOS and FreeBSD systems. TrueOS will use ZFS and boot environments to safely install software updates in the background without changing the user’s environment.

TrueOS combines the convenience of a rolling release distribution with the failsafe technology of boot environments, resulting in a system that is both current and reliable. TrueOS now tracks FreeBSD’s “Current” branch and merges features from select FreeBSD developer branches to enhance support for newer hardware and technologies. Weekly automatic updates keep your system always up-to-date, and all updates are performed safely within system snapshots called boot environments. The TrueOS desktop uses the modular yet feature-rich Lumina desktop environment alongside the new SysAdm administration suite to provide a reliable desktop experience. SysAdm provides local and remote management of TrueOS and FreeBSD systems using a cross-platform graphical client compatible with Windows, Mac, and many Linux distributions. TrueOS is preconfigured for desktop and server installations using an intuitive graphical installer, taking the guesswork out of setting up a new system.


TrueOS Features:

  • Now a rolling release based on FreeBSD-CURRENT.
  • Weekly package/ISO updates (or more often, as necessary).
  • Only one package repository. Update when you’re ready and never get left behind again.
  • Automatic updates can be enabled/disabled as desired.
  • All updates are performed in a safe manner using Boot Environments. Updates never change your live system, as the updated system is not activated or used until you reboot
  • Existing PC-BSD/FreeBSD users can use the non-destructive fresh installation into a new boot environment on non-encrypted ZFS pools. This mechanism preserves all user data while performing a fresh install of the operating system and all applications. Simply re-create any user accounts post-installation to access the data in their home directories
  • TrueOS Desktop pre-installs a pure Qt5 system based around the Lumina desktop and SysAdm.
  • TrueOS Server pre-installs the SysAdm service for remote system management, with remote access initially disabled.
  • A full repository of applications is available for installation through AppCafe.
  • TrueOS is currently in Beta status. All of the critical functionality is complete, but we are still migrating some utilities from PC-BSD to the new TrueOS framework.

 Differences from FreeBSD 11.0:

  • LibreSSL has replaced OpenSSL completely, even in the FreeBSD base.
  • Linux DRM 4.7 compatibility adds support for the Haswell, Broadwell, and Skylake Intel graphics.
  • The entire system, including the FreeBSD base, is managed by pkg.

Where to find TrueOS:


Further details can be found in the blog post.

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