When the TrueOS - Project Trident split happened, two things happened:
1: The work on Lumina took a back seat
2: Unlike @ericbsd with GhostBSD, who has done this for a number of years, @beanpole135 & @q5sys suddenly went from programmers to being distro creators. In the past few months, they have had to figure out how to get a build system in place (from scratch), deal with flaky hardware, poorly documented steps, and undocumented steps. Creating what we have at the moment.
Has this been easy? As we’ve seen up to this point, no, not very easy. Things that “should” work, do not work as expected. Things we all took for granted under TrueOS, had to be reimplemented, often times needing to be written from scratch.
Trident is also paving the way to make it easier for others to follow suit. When Project Trident finally makes it out of Beta, it should be as simple to make another “BSD Distro” that was claimed in the beginning. Input a manifest of what’s different than TrueOS, wait a bit and a fresh ISO of MyOwnBSD pops out the other end.
This is being done in record time. We had the 1st public beta in about two months. That is zero to installable ISO in two months. Patience is key, Trident is being worked on as much and as fast as possible, by volunteers, for those of us that wish to use a TrueOS based desktop OS without relying on our Linux cousins.