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TrueOS

Last Update: 2017-12-14 16:47 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.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 12 (696), 6 months: 10 (789), 3 months: 9 (863), 4 weeks: 8 (978), 1 week: 13 (844)

Average visitor rating: 5.28/10 from 43 review(s).


TrueOS Summary
Distribution TrueOS (formerly PC-BSD)
Home Page https://www.trueos.org/
Mailing Lists --
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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Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://www.trueos.org/downloads/
Bug Tracker https://github.com/trueos/trueos-core/issues
Related Websites PCBSD.orglumina-desktop.orgsysadm.usWikipedia
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2014-11-02: Development Release: PC-BSD 10.1-RC2
 • 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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TrueOS

TrueOS - FreeBSD Desktop Operating System with ZFS


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Feature 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 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 911-3500                               Image Size (MB)
Free Download 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 Installation
Default Desktop Lumina KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Default Desktop
Package Management 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 Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite 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 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 Init Software
Journaled File Systems 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 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 Asian Language Support
Full Package List 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 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 (1.1.5) 1.1.2 1.1.0 1.0.28 1.0.26 1.0.26 1.0.23 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.5)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.12) -- 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 (4.4.12)
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.2)
chromium (63.0.3239.84) -- 48.0.2564.116 37.0.2062.94 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (63.0.3239.84)
cups (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 (2.2.6)
dhcp (4.3.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) -- 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 (1.43.7)
firefox (57.0.2) 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 (57.0.2)
freetype (2.8.1) -- 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 (2.8.1)
gcc (7.2.0) 4.9.4 4.8.5 4.7.4 4.6.3 4.6.3 4.6.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (7.2.0)
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 (2.26) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.26.2) -- 3.18.4 3.12.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.2)
gnucash (2.6.18-1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.18-1)
gnumeric (1.12.37) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.37)
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta 2.02beta 2.00 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.26) 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+ (3.22.26)
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- -- 2.2.25 2.2.23 2.2.21 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.29)
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.46 -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.12.0) -- 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 (17.12.0)
kmod (24) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- 2.32.0 -- 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.16.0 -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.3) -- -- 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 (5.4.3)
linux (4.14.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.14.6)
Package 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
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.11) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.11)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- 1.12.1 1.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.3.0) 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 (17.3.0)
mysql (5.7.20) -- 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 (5.7.20)
nautilus (3.26.2) -- 3.18.5 3.12.2 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.26.2)
NVIDIA (387.22) -- 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 (387.22)
openbox (3.6.1) -- 3.6 3.5.2 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.5.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u151) -- 7u95 7u65 6b27 6b25 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u151)
openssh (7.6p1) -- 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 (7.6p1)
openssl (1.1.0g) -- 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 (1.1.0g)
perl (5.26.1) -- 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 (5.26.1)
php (7.2.0) -- 5.6.9 -- 5.4.20 5.4.7 5.3.8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.2.0)
plasma-desktop (5.11.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.11.4)
postfix (3.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.4)
postgresql (10.1) -- -- -- 9.0.13 9.0.10 8.3.16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (10.1)
Python (3.6.3) -- 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 (3.6.3)
qt (5.10.0) 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 (5.10.0)
samba (4.7.3) -- 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 (4.7.3)
systemd (236) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (236)
thunderbird (52.5.0) 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 (52.5.0)
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 (2.2.8) 2.2.6 2.2.1 -- -- -- -- 1.1.5 1.0.6 1.0.4 0.9.9a -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (2.2.8)
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 (1.19.5) 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 (1.19.5)

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Version: 20170622
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-12-07
Votes: 2


Yes it has a graphical installer, but damn it feels like late 90s...
Anyway installation itself went fine, after reboot a few more config steps pop up.
Now suddenly mouse was not working anymore (while it did work during installation).
So had to work through the GUI with keyboard, shown hotkeys are not working, it is also not always obvious which field is currently in focus - so hard time to get through these few dialogs.

When config steps were finished another reboot occured, then system again started same config session - after each reboot.
Impossible for me to get to the installed OS, it seems never to be finished, but looping into this config mode each time.

Absolutely unusable! What a waste of time


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Version: 20170622
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-12-07
Votes: 2


Actual version is 20171114 - TrueOS-Desktop-2017-11-14-UNSTABLE-x64-DVD.iso
Was unable to create a bootable USB. Burned a DVD and installed on real hardware.
I did not like having to use the Lumina desktop, so I installed Xfce. (Later I came back to Lumina and managed to make it usable) Lumina is deeply tied to TrueOS and can not be deleted. Unlike others, my display was 1680 x 1050.
Was fast on old hardware.Athlon LE1620 64 bit Processor NVidia GT 430 video
NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE chipset 4GB PC2-6400. Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse both work fine. I was planning to keep it around for only a day or two, but haven't moved on yet.





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Version: 20170622
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-12-06
Votes: 0


Rated another BSD based distro same rating. My display is limited to VGA! 1024x768 max! Is this a BSD thing? This is not 1990s, come on!



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