What Makes TrueOS® Different?

What makes TrueOS different? TrueOS is based on the legendary security and stability of FreeBSD. TrueOS follows FreeBSD-CURRENT, with the latest drivers, security updates, and packages available. Also, new driver packages can be added that bring in support for newer Intel graphic chipsets and hardware. TrueOS also supports GELI full disk encryption, keeping your data secure even in the case of physical theft.

TrueOS is a downstream fork of FreeBSD designed to make the best UNIX-like experience possible by bringing in these amazing system level additions:

  • TrueOS uses LibreSSL for everything
  • Full clang functionality built from ports
  • TrueOS upgrades use boot environments and never touch your live system
  • Ports and packages compiled with more options

What Happened to PC-BSD®?

Many are very familiar with the name PC-BSD and may be wondering why we changed the name. Although it’s a household name for so many, the developers realized this was a time for a new name that would better convey our message. Lead developer Kris Moore had this to say: “We’ve already been using TrueOS for the server side of PC-BSD, and it made sense to unify the names. PC-BSD doesn’t reflect server or embedded well. TrueOS Desktop/Server/Embedded can be real products, avoids some of the alphabet soup, and gives us a more catchy name.” One important lesson learned from going to conferences is that people can have a hard time remembering the acronym that makes up our name, which is not a good place to start with marketing a product. We’re confident the TrueOS name will allow people to quickly identify the project.

Safe and Secure

Let’s face it – Data security is one of the most complex issues an operating system has to deal with to keep users safe. That’s why at the TrueOS project we’ve gone above and beyond to ensure you have all the utilities you need to keep your systems safe and secure. TrueOS is built with GELI full disk encryption support, and we also use LibreSSL, which is widely known and used within OpenBSD to secure our code base and increase base level security. Go ahead and rest easy, TrueOS has you covered.

The OpenZFS File System

The OpenZFS file system is the next evolution of file systems. The revolutionary design of ZFS incorporates copy-on-write and self-healing elements to provide rock-solid reliability. However, boot environments really make this file system shine. With boot environments, you can quickly snapshot your system configuration at any given time. If something goes wrong while performing an update, or you edited a configuration file you shouldn’t have, don’t worry! Simply use the built-in rollback functionality to go back to the previous boot environment and be on your way. OpenZFS provides built-in software RAID without the need for expensive hardware controllers.