What is TrueOS?
TrueOS is a user friendly desktop Operating System based on FreeBSD .
Known widely for its stability and security in server environments, FreeBSD provides an excellent base on which to build a desktop operating system.
TrueOS uses a host of popular open source window managers and uses a custom-tailored application installer that puts popular applications in easy reach of users.
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.
The development of the project has been discontinued in May 2020: https://www.truenas.com/trueos-discontinuation/
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FreeBSD is the operating system. It's not Linux, it's BSD. It's not MASSIVELY user-friendly. So along came PC-BSD, which aimed at making it so. Recently, PC-BSD changed to become TrueOS. TrueOS is FreeBSD with a human face. Give it a go. It's open source and a distant relative of Linux. And a fairer, more open one than Windows or MacOS could ever be.