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TrueOS

Last Update: 2018-03-30 14:27 UTC


TrueOS has as its goals to be an easy-to-install-and-use desktop and server operating system, based on FreeBSD. To accomplish this, it provides a graphical installation to enable even UNIX novices to easily install and get it running. It pre-configures desktop environments, video, sound, and networking so that the desktop can be used immediately. A graphical software installation program makes installing pre-built software as easy as other popular operating systems.

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Average visitor rating: 4.89/10 from 56 review(s).


TrueOS Summary
Distribution TrueOS (formerly PC-BSD)
Home Page https://www.trueos.org/
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User Forums https://discourse.trueos.org/
Alternative User Forums https://forums.pcbsd.org/
Documentation https://www.trueos.org/handbook/trueos.html
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Download Mirrors https://www.trueos.org/downloads/
Bug Tracker https://github.com/trueos/trueos-core/issues
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-03-30: BSD Release: TrueOS 18.03
 • 2017-12-14: BSD Release: TrueOS 17.12
 • 2017-06-02: BSD Release: TrueOS 2017-06-01
 • 2017-02-24: BSD Release: TrueOS 2017-02-22
 • 2016-04-04: BSD Release: PC-BSD 10.3
 • 2015-08-21: BSD Release: PC-BSD 10.2
 • 2015-08-06: Development Release: PC-BSD 10.2-RC1
 • 2015-05-18: BSD Release: PC-BSD 10.1.2
 • 2015-05-01: Development Release: PC-BSD 10.1.2-RC1
 • 2015-02-02: BSD Release: PC-BSD 10.1.1
 • 2015-01-21: Development Release: PC-BSD 10.1.1-RC1
 • 2014-11-17: BSD Release: PC-BSD 10.1
 • More TrueOS releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-05-26 New TrueOS release cycle
 •2017-02-04 Running Steam games on TrueOS
 •2017-01-20 TrueOS migrating to OpenRC
 •2016-09-01 Changes coming to TrueOS
 •2016-08-24 PC-BSD becomes TrueOS
 •2016-08-08 Lumina 1.0.0 launched
 •2016-04-09 PC-BSD website off-line
 • More TrueOS headlines...

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Feature 18.03 17.12 10.3 10.0.3 9.2 9.1 9.0 8.2 8.1 8.0 7.1.1 7.0.2 1.5.1 1.4.1 1.3 1.2 1.11 Feature
Release Date 2018-03-30 2017-12-14 2016-04-04 2014-08-09 2013-10-07 2012-12-18 2012-01-12 2011-02-23 2010-07-20 2010-02-21 2009-07-07 2008-12-11 2008-04-22 2007-11-16 2006-12-31 2006-07-12 2006-06-19 Release Date
End Of Life                                   End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 911-3500 911-3500                               Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop Lumina Lumina KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Default Desktop
Package Management TXZ TXZ TXZ PBI, TXZ PBI, TXZ PBI, TXZ PBI, TGZ PBI, TGZ PBI, TGZ PBI, TGZ PBI, TGZ PBI, TGZ PBI, TGZ PBI, TGZ PBI, TGZ PBI, TGZ PBI, TGZ Package Management
Release Model Rolling Rolling Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice -- Calligra -- OO.o OO.o OO.o OO.o OO.o OO.o OO.o OO.o KOffice, OO.o -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386 i386 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software OpenRC, RC OpenRC, RC OpenRC, RC OpenRC, RC OpenRC, RC OpenRC, RC OpenRC, RC OpenRC, RC OpenRC, RC OpenRC, RC OpenRC, RC OpenRC, RC OpenRC, RC OpenRC, RC OpenRC, RC OpenRC, RC OpenRC, RC Init Software
Journaled File Systems ZFS ZFS ZFS ZFS ZFS SUJ SUJ SUJ N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support ja, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, zh_CN, zh_TW Asian Language Support
Full Package List 18.03 17.12 10.3 10.0.3 9.2 9.1 9.0 8.2 8.1 8.0 7.1.1 7.0.2 1.5.1 1.4.1 1.3 1.2 1.11 Full Package List
Package 18.03 17.12 10.3 10.0.3 9.2 9.1 9.0 8.2 8.1 8.0 7.1.1 7.0.2 1.5.1 1.4.1 1.3 1.2 1.11 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.4.4 -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.1.0 1.0.28 1.0.26 1.0.26 1.0.23 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.6)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.18) -- -- 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.0 4.0 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.1 3.1 -- bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.12.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.12.1)
chromium (66.0.3359.117) -- -- 48.0.2564.116 37.0.2062.94 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (66.0.3359.117)
cups (2.2.7) 2.2.6 2.2.6 2.0.3 1.7.3 1.5.4 1.5.2 1.5.0 1.4.6 1.4.3 1.4.2 1.3.10 1.3.9 1.3.7 1.2.12 1.2.7 1.1.23 1.1.23 cups (2.2.7)
dhcp (4.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.1) -- -- 1.42.13 1.42.10 1.42.8 1.42.6 -- -- -- -- 1.41.5 1.41.3 1.40.8 1.40.2 -- -- -- e2fsprogs (1.44.1)
firefox (59.0.2) 58.0.2 52.0.1 45.0 31.0 -- -- -- 3.6.13 3.6.4 3.5.7 3.5 3.0.4 2.0.0.13 2.0.0.9 2.0.0.1 1.5.0.3 -- firefox (59.0.2)
freetype (2.9) 2.8 -- 2.6.3 2.5.3 2.5.0.1 2.4.9 2.4.7 2.4.4 2.3.12 2.3.11 2.3.9 2.3.7 2.3.5 2.2.1 2.2.1 2.1.10 2.1.10 freetype (2.9)
gcc (7.3.0) -- 4.9.4 4.8.5 4.7.4 4.6.3 4.6.3 4.6.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (7.3.0)
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- 2.8.16 2.8.10 -- -- -- -- -- 2.6.8 2.6.6 2.6.1 -- -- 2.2.11 2.2.11 -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.27)
gnome-shell (3.28.0) -- -- 3.18.4 3.12.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.28.0)
gnucash (3.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.0)
gnumeric (1.12.39) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.39)
grub (2.02) -- 2.02 2.02beta 2.02beta 2.00 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.30) 2.24.31 2.24.31 3.18.8 3.12.2 2.24.19 2.24.6 2.24.6 2.22.1 2.20.1 2.18.6 2.16.2 2.12.11 2.12.9 2.12.1 2.10.6 -- -- gtk+ (3.22.30)
httpd (2.4.33) -- -- -- -- 2.2.25 2.2.23 2.2.21 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.33)
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.46 -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.04.0) -- -- 2.0.3 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 1.0.5 1.0.5 1.0.5 1.0.5 1.0.5 1.0.4 1.0.3 -- -- -- k3b (18.04.0)
kmod (25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.0.1) --                                 krita (4.0.1)
libreoffice (6.0.3) -- -- -- 4.2.5 -- -- -- 3.2.1 3.2.1 3.1.1 3.1.0 2.4.1 2.4.0 2.2.1 2.1.0 2.0.3 -- libreoffice (6.0.3)
linux (4.16.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.16.3)
Package 18.03 17.12 10.3 10.0.3 9.2 9.1 9.0 8.2 8.1 8.0 7.1.1 7.0.2 1.5.1 1.4.1 1.3 1.2 1.11 Package
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.2.14) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.14)
mate-desktop (1.20.1) -- -- 1.12.1 1.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.1)
mesa (18.0.1) 8.3.0 8.3.0 11.0.8 9.1.7 9.1.6 7.11.2 7.6.1 7.4.4 7.4.4 7.4.4 7.4.4 7.0.3 7.0.1 7.0.1 -- -- -- mesa (18.0.1)
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- 5.6.27 5.5.39 5.5.34 5.5.28 5.5.17 5.1.54 5.1.48 5.0.89 5.0.83 5.0.67 -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.11)
nautilus (3.28.1) -- -- 3.18.5 3.12.2 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.28.1)
NVIDIA (390.48) -- -- 346.96 340.24 319.32 304.64 290.10 260.19.29 256.35 195.22 185.18.14 177.80 169.12 -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (390.48)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- 3.6 3.5.2 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.5.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (9.0.4) -- -- 7u95 7u65 6b27 6b25 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (9.0.4)
openssh (7.7p1) -- -- 7.2p2 6.4p1 6.2p2 5.8p2 5.8p2 5.4p1 5.4p1 5.1p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 openssh (7.7p1)
openssl (1.1.0h) -- -- 1.0.1s 1.0.1e 0.9.8y 0.9.8q 0.9.8q 0.9.8q 0.9.8n 0.9.8k 0.9.8h 0.9.8g 0.9.8g 0.9.8d 0.9.8a 0.9.8a 0.9.8a openssl (1.1.0h)
perl (5.26.2) -- -- 5.20.3 5.16.3 5.14.4 5.14.2 5.12.4 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.8.9 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.8 perl (5.26.2)
php (7.2.4) -- -- 5.6.9 -- 5.4.20 5.4.7 5.3.8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.2.4)
plasma-desktop (5.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.12.4)
postfix (3.3.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.3.0)
postgresql (10.3) -- -- -- -- 9.0.13 9.0.10 8.3.16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (10.3)
Python (3.6.5) -- -- 2.7.11 2.7.8 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.7.2 2.6.6 2.6.5 2.6.4 2.6.2 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.5.1 2.4.3 2.4.3 2.4.3 Python (3.6.5)
qt (5.10.1) 5.9.3 5.7.1 5.5.1 4.8.6 4.8.4 4.8.3 4.7.4 4.7.1 4.6.3 4.6.1 4.4.3 4.4.2 3.3.8 3.3.8 3.3.6 3.3.6 3.3.6 qt (5.10.1)
samba (4.8.0) -- -- 4.2.7 4.1.11 3.6.18 3.6.9 3.4.14 3.4.9 3.4.8 3.4.5 3.0.34 3.0.32 3.0.28 3.0.26a 3.0.23d 3.0.22 3.0.22 samba (4.8.0)
systemd (238) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (238)
thunderbird (52.7.0) 52.6.0 45.8.0 38.6.0 31.0 -- -- -- 3.1.7 3.0.5 3.0.1 2.0.0.22 2.0.0.18 -- -- 1.5.0.8 1.5.0.2 -- thunderbird (52.7.0)
vim (8.0) -- -- -- 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.2 -- -- -- 7.0 -- vim (8.0)
vlc (3.0.1) 2.2.8 2.2.6 2.2.1 -- -- -- -- 1.1.5 1.0.6 1.0.4 0.9.9a -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.1)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- 4.12.3 4.10.2 4.10.2 4.10.0 4.8.3 4.6.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.12.4 1.12.4 1.10.6 1.7.7 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.6.5 1.6.1 1.4.2 1.4 1.2.0 (6.9.0) (6.9.0) (6.9.0) xorg-server (1.19.6)

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Version: 18.03
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-04-19
Votes: 0


I have been using PCBSD/TrueOS for over 10 years. It is still up and coming but has improved by leaps and bounds. This is a daily driver at work and home. It is continuing to improve.

I don't use this as an experimental OS but in a production capacity so I stick to the "Recommended" hardware / software.


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Version: 18.03
Rating: 3
Date: 2018-04-16
Votes: 1


I suspect the only reason this is even in the top 100 is people want to try BSD but lack the required skills to install it. Trust me, FreeBSD will install and run much better than this abomination. Somehow this distro lacks some basic components from upstream where the O/S is based. I recommend trying FreeBSD if that's what you want instead of Linux. FreeBSD is fairly simple and is much more reliable. Years into the project and they still can't make it work as it should.


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Version: 18.03
Rating: 2
Date: 2018-04-06
Votes: 1


I want to like this system, and realize how important it is to have a native desktop environment for BSD systems, but currently status of the operating system is very sluggish, and extremely buggy. I tried on three different computers and only one installed with no issues. On one system which used an Intel processor I had to use the VESA graphics setting (selecting Intel would freeze the system). The 3rd didn't work at all.
Tried to install MPV and Midori with the AppCafe and both failed.
QupZilla is the default browser, but even after clearing the history and removing cookies, it always remembered any site I visited ( don't like that, not usable for me).
There was a delay for wireless to connect and Youtube videos were choppy sluggish.
Wondering if by using ZFS file system is the cause of the poor performance?, should have the option during install for UFS or other.
Using the Insight file manager to try to drag and drop files or folders to where you want them (and not create symbolic links) is annoying ( basically non-functional).
shutdowns would often hang and require to hold power-down switch to shut off
Maybe in a couple years the bugs will be worked out and the system and Lumina desktop will be great, but right now it feels like a rough prototype. Maybe the developers should consider keeping it a simple and (long term) stable environment over new and buggy features? It may be too hard to compete with Linux (desktop environments) with a small group of developers and maybe shouldn't try to follow, but find a BSD way
in the end, I thank the current Lumina and TrueOS developers for all the effort and dedication.



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