We are proud to announce that the PC-BSD project has evolved into TrueOS: a modern, cutting-edge distribution of FreeBSD focused on security, simplicity, and stability for desktops, servers, and beyond! TrueOS harnesses the best elements of PC-BSD, combines it with security technologies from OpenBSD, and layers it on top of FreeBSD to provide a complete system for modern machines.

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.

Beta-quality images of TrueOS are currently available on trueos.org for users to help test in preparation for the upcoming release. These images demonstrate the rolling-release model and will seamlessly transition into the release version of TrueOS.

As always, we thank you for your feedback and for being dedicated members of our community.

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:

Known Issues with the Current Beta:

  • Some newer Intel GPUs will hang the system whenever Xorg is restarted or the system is rebooted. A fix to the driver is in progress.
  • TrueOS is very different under the hood than PC-BSD.  Read more information here on the non-destructive fresh install process.  Currently this method does not support encrypted drives.
  • ATI Graphics are currently non-functional. Please use Intel or Nvidia instead or wait for this issue to be fixed.