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TrueOS® (formerly known as PC-BSD®) began in 2005 when Kris Moore presented the first beta version of a FreeBSD operating system pre-configured for desktop use. Since then, TrueOS® has matured into a polished, feature-rich, free-of-charge, open source operating system that meets the desktop or server needs of the beginner to the advanced user alike.

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, our brand new driver package brings in support for newer Intel graphics chipsets and hardware. We pride ourselves on providing industry leading features like PersonaCrypt, which allows encrypting your user home directory and carrying it to other TrueOS machines. TrueOS also supports GELI full disk encryption, keeping your data secure even in the case of physical theft. So go ahead and give us a try. If you hit any snags along the way, we are glad to help.
TrueOS is built on top of FreeBSD to make the best desktop 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
  • Linux DRM 4.9 (Supports modern Intel graphics – Broadwell, Skylake)
  • 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. Subsequently, we will be able to convey our brand message in a better and more unified way.

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. Using GELI full disk encryption with PersonaCrypt will allow users to make a portable, but fully encrypted home directory on a removable USB drive that can be moved between TrueOS systems. This allows you the freedom of having all of your data with you no matter what computer system you are using. We 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.

SysAdm™ Remote Management
SysAdm provides a new way to manage your Server, Desktop or Cloud-based systems. By exposing an API via encrypted REST or WebSockets, it is now possible to remotely control all aspects of your machine, including management of software, updates, boot environments, users, backups, and more. SysAdm is the answer for companies looking for a low cost, yet scalable solution that easily manages different segments of IT infrastructure to keep things running smoothly. TrueOS has now embedded all local and remote control panel functionality into SysAdm so you can easily find and adjust any configurable system element from one place.

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.

via trueos.org
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