Somebody recently started a thread on the FreeBSD forums asking for peoples opinions on TrueOS:
So I thought I’d write a short review / summary of my experiences over the last few months of having used it as my main OS which I’ll paste here too, to save you the extra click
I’ve been using TrueOS as my main OS for the last few months. I like it and I want it to succeed but I cannot recommend it over FreeBSD for servers or Linux/Windows as a desktop OS. Not yet anyway.
TrueOS is an easier way to get started with FreeBSD than vanilla FreeBSD. GhostBSD is still based upon FreeBSD 10.x and doesn’t support ZFS. GhostBSD 11 has some experimental ZFS support but its devs don’t recommend it be used. Hence GhostBSD is ancient and is of no interest to me whatsoever because ZFS is pretty much the only reason I use FreeBSD and TrueOS.
Better (Intel) GPU support out-of-the-box - My laptop has an Intel Haswell GPU. Whilst thats pretty old now, its not properly supported in FreeBSD 11 nor 12 - I cannot achieve 4K output under either. TrueOS has drm-next integrated into its kernel and so this allows me to get the full 4K res out of my display. This is the main reason I’m running it over vanilla FreeBSD.
Boot env install. I think this is the best thing to happen to OS installation during my lifetime. I hope FreeBSD, OpenIndiana and all other ZFS-friendly OSs adopt TrueOS ability to install into a boot env.
I’m very concerned about TrueOS support or lack of it. I have opened 7 github tickets for TrueOS specific issues over the last two months. Only one of them got a reply - that PCDM autologin was broke. They said they fixed and closed the ticket but myself and other users have found that it is still broken and we’ve had no reply since. One of the other unreplied issues involves the TrueOS installer trashing my FreeBSD 11 install and making it unbootable - its been over a month since I reported that and I’ve not had a single response from the devs yet. I realise these are complex probs and may take time to fix and whilst It would be unreasonable to expect an instant fix the TrueOS team should make every effort to at least reply to all valid bug reports within a few days of people opening them or else people are likely to give up on the project and they won’t have any testers or users.
Lumina. I understand why they want to create a (Free)BSD centric desktop and I would like to see it succeed but its just not ready yet. The Lumina version shipped in current TrueOS releases is buggy (and ugly) as all hell and I simply find it unusable. I can’t even play a video fullscreen properly. Once you swap it out for a more mature desktop such as MATE, which is easily done thankfully, you get a usable desktop OS but first impressions count and Lumina is not putting their best foot forward. If the TrueOS/Lumina team are reading this - PLEASE don’t waste your time on creating any Lumina apps! There is too much work needed to be done on the actual Lumina desktop to be wasting time creating new, Lumina specific text editors, media players etc.
Poor default apps. TrueOS now ships with Qupzilla as the default browser, to save space on the install iso. Bad idea! I used it for 10 minutes until I encountered serious probs and was forced to install Firefox. I would honestly rather see TrueOS ship with no browser than an unusable one. In general I find most of the apps shipped with TrueOS not to be fit for purpose and I have to install more suitable alternatives.
On top of this, as someone has already mentioned, many users (including myself) have been unable to install any TrueOS releases since March/April. Again, this is something I have created a TrueOS github ticket for but it has been ignored so far.
TrueOS holds much promise but they need to up their support game and start listening to their users more.