Very well said, including that bit about “whatever it’s called this week”.
instead of adding features, each successive OSX release - Lion, Mountain Lian, Flying Weasel, whatever, quietly moved and/or deleted features (ooops ! where’s that secure delete in High Sierra, ooops, where did that create disk image thingy go) while Apple focused on IPhones, blundered into dropping ZFS, and has essentially abandoned a huge and loyal base.
TrueOS’s ZFS implementation, it’s performance is spectacular. Believe me I know after I watched my gigantic herbal archives, gigabytes of pdfs, image files, lectures, mp4’s and 3’s literally bring my old Windows XP file system to a halt, as it barfed on foreign language filenames, rearranged my icons or told me that I, as system administrator, could not delete a file which then required a reboot to something called “Safe” mode to try and fix it. My movement to Fedora, and soon thereafter OSX in the mid 2000’s was prompt.
Windows 7 was the best of the Windows operating systems - Microsoft of course promptly forced users out of it. Snow Leopard was the best of OSX - it’s been downhill ever since. The much vaunted new Apple file system is a pathetic loser compared to the power and versatility of ZFS.
But all is not well on the TrueOS horizon. A great many of us are NOT programmers and systems geeks and do NOT have time to this or that workaround It is the bugs that has stopped me from fully implementing TrueOS as my main system. I’m stuck at OSX 10.10.1 (because a simple program to easily SHUT UP talkative software that wants to phone home, or somewhere, with all sorts of information, a program called “TCPBlock” won’t run on any OSX after Yosemite.
I verified that NFS worked beautifully for big file transfers from OSX (a High Sierra iMac that I have) to a TrueOS box but, again, everything must work without experimentation and “workarounds” before I can safely utilize this tremendous breakthrough operating system.
When … and if… you get it fully working, I can see a tremendous shift from disaffected High Sierra and Windows 10 users to TrueOS which would revolutionize the desktop and small biz computing environment.
The modern approach of software companies fractionating major software into “services” is idiotic and is frustrating and angering users. Opensource software can and will put a stop to this kind of profiteering but only once systems are available which do not require excessive tinkering, workarounds or reinstalls.
The next time i’ll have a chance to try TrueOS…AGAIN… will be in June, maybe.
Meanwhile, keep up the great work !! I was a software developer once, I know what’s it’s like - the closer you get to the goal, the harder each next step becomes, as issues of integration, coordination and communication become predominant along with testing and bug fix assimilation.