TrueOS is becoming a Core Operating System

Bringing an end to the curiosity spread in TrueOS communities for a while, Mr Josh Smith on behalf of TrueOS project has announced their plan to make TrueOS as a Core operating system. This means, going forward, TrueOS will be developed as desktop agnostic operating system with the aim of providing a solid base for other distributions to evolve on.

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The ultimate aim of TrueOS would be to provide a modular, functional and stable core based on FreeBSD and OpenZFS. It will be evolved as downstream fork with latest technologies like OpenRC & LibreSSL. The TrueOS is planning to be an ideal choice for advanced users and do-it-yourself people.

While the TrueOS is evolving as a Core operating system, the desktop BSD idea will be taken forward by Project Trident. It will provide a simple desktop BSD with Lumina Desktop.
The TrueOS Project has some big plans in the works, and we want to take a minute and share them with you. Many have come to know TrueOS as the “graphical FreeBSD” that makes things easy for newcomers to the BSDs. Today we’re announcing that TrueOS is shifting our focus a bit to become a cutting-edge operating system that keeps all of the stability that you know and love from ZFS (OpenZFS) and FreeBSD, and adds additional features to create a fresh, innovative operating system. Our goal is to create a core operating system that is modular, functional, and perfect for do-it-yourselfers and advanced users alike.

TrueOS will become a downstream fork that will build on FreeBSD by integrating new software technologies like OpenRC and LibreSSL. Work has already begun which allows TrueOS to be used as a base platform for other projects, including JSON-based manifests, integrated Poudriere / pkg tools and much more. We’re planning on a six month release cycle to keep development moving and fresh, allowing us to bring you hot new features to ZFS, bhyve and related tools in a timely manner. This makes TrueOS the perfect fit to serve as the basis for building other distributions.
For more information on TrueOS evolution, see original announcement published in TrueOS blog. You can also read about TrueOS in our gallery page.

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