I’ve been reading and try to study what an update to TrueOS will mean. I have a few thoughts and questions.
I currently use 10.3 P6 (last and final update on PC-BSD if I understand it correctly?) with KDE and I like it although I miss a few things like Skype and a WYSIWYG Website editor like BlueGriffon (hope that will come on TrueOS’s AppCafe) as well it doesn’t support the hardware on my kinda new Asus Notebook (I come back to that below).
However, as far as I can understand from what I’ve read in e.g. the TrueOS Handbook (I’ve not read it all, but tried to get some clarity in what will happen), TrueOS Desktop won’t update from the PC-BSD Update Manager, but require a kind of new installation from e.g. a DVD? I’ve also understood that 10.3 will be saved in the Boot Environment Manager if I just press OK according to section “10.2.2. Upgrading from PC-BSD® 10.x to TrueOS®” in the TrueOS Handbook. My present ZFS Pool is called “Tank”, will TrueOS create “Tank1”?
But what will happen to all settings? Will they be transferred to the new installation? Or will I be able to manually transfer them? I know how to make back-ups from Thunderbird and Firefox and as long as it will be the same procedure in TrueOS it shouldn’t cause any problems. I also have all my files on a second HDD (ZFS formatted) so they should be safe there (the primary SSD I use for the system only). I also know how to reactivate the second HDD given that it also will be the same procedure. But what about all other settings in KDE?
I understand there won’t be any Desktop Environment options in the installation process on TrueOS as on PC-BSD, but I’ll comes with Lumina only?
I’ve not used Lumina before (tried to install a Beta version on another computer before, but I didn’t like it at all). However, according to screenshots and the pics in the Handbook it looks kinda nice, but we’ll see if I like its behaviour. Otherwise I plan to install KDE. But will KDE look and behave in the same way on TrueOS as on PC-BSD? Can a subsequently KDE installation cause any problems on TrueOS?
To be on the safe side I plan first to install TrueOS on my new Asus 10" Notebook. It currently has no PC-BSD on it since it didn’t work. As far as I learned it’s according to its AMD Radeon HD 8180G graphics card https://forums.pcbsd.org/thread-20927-post-115109.html . Will this work on TrueOS?
Will there be settings for the laptop touch pad on TrueOS? (don’t think it is on PC-BSD) I always want to turn off the tapping function since I hate it when you put a finger on the tab and it clicks instead of moves.
I tried Linux Mint with KDE on it to be able to use it in the meantime, and thought it may look and behave like PC-BSD with KDE, but it doesn’t, it feels like garbage so I’m not put it away for now.
Note, I’m not using PC-BSD as Virtual Box, but as primary installation and no dual boot since I hardly use Windows at all anymore. Any thoughts?
Well, actually I have Windows XP on an old test computer and on another small 10" PB DOT S Netbook (its hardware doesn’t meet the Minimum Requirements for PC-BSD). But as soon I get the new Notebook to run with TrueOS I’ll clean out the PB and try to sell it. It’s in mint condition and some Windows XP or 7 or Linux lover will surely enjoy it (it has a Swedish/Scandinavian keyboard).
BTW, I guess there won’t be no update notification in the PC-BSD Update Manager? How do we know when the final release of TrueOS is out? In TrueOS Download directory http://download.trueos.org/master/amd64 it just says “TrueOS-Desktop-2016-10-14-x64-DVD.iso”, not Beta or RC so?
OK guys, keep up the good work and I hope you have some pleasing responses for me