UPDATE 06/27/2020: Am reclaiming Media Library space by deleting old pics.

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10/20/2019 – Update:

Orca points out that we are getting another Linux Distro  – … and One More Linux – from a It’s FOSS article: Project Trident Ditches BSD for Linux

Yeah, those BSD OSes seemed to be too slow to update anything, as my original post points out below. It’s FOSS seems to stay up on the BSD news tho. I really don’t have much of an opinion on this move, other than it seems like a move that Project Trident needed to make if it was going to remain focused on desktop users – Future Updates:

snip … For long-term stability, Project Trident is hard at work migrating to an alternate operating system as the basis for the project. The migration is planned to be complete in late 2019. A new version of Project Trident based on the different operating system is planned for release in early 2020.

For a small preview, we’re already experiencing faster boot times, daily app updates, newer hardware drivers, and bluetooth support in the new version of Project Trident. We’ll post more information and details about these changes in the near future, so please stay tuned!

I don’t know anything about Void Linux – other than its a terrible name, but then again ‘Whats in a Name‘. Just bookmarked Void’s website – its default bookmark’s name is “Enter the void” – now, I like that!

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I spent most of the day yesterday trying to install and/or find a graphical version of FreeBSD. Over 6 hours at a Command Prompt trying to get KDE Desktop Environment (DE) to work graphically within FreeBSD. Managed to get Xorg installed quickly, this was supposed to give me the open source of X Windows. Looked more like 3 terminals disguised as “Windows,” but I’m not an expert on open source stuff. Have lost some of the links, one of which was a FreeBSD link that basically said an ‘easier option for getting a graphical desktop was to install TrueOS instead’. Problem was, my monthly ISP Data usage allowance was about up, and I was trying to avoid buying more. After about 7-8 hours on FreeBSD, I bought 5 more GB’s from Hughes.net, and downloaded the TrueOS ISO.

Lost track of how much time I spent on TrueOS, installing and/or reinstalling in an attempt to reach the graphical DE mentioned in FreeBSD documentations. I was about to give up on FreeBSD and TrueOS when I came across this from It’s FOSSTrueOS: A Simple BSD Distribution for the Desktop Users:

Brief: If you want to try something other than Linux, have a look at TrueOS. It is a BSD distribution specifically aimed at desktop users.

Then the article has an orange highlighted update:

MOVED

Looks like It’s FOSS had already written the article, then found out about the new changes, but FreeBSD and TrueOS didn’t update their documentation to reflect the new changes.

OK, looks like my choices are to wait until my new monthly Data allowance kicks in (on June 20th) or buy another 5 GB’s from Hughes.net. After using over 7.8 GB’s to download FreeBSD (includes new Xorg and KDE DE packages), TrueOS and Project Trident I finally found the graphical DE – hooray!

Project Trident:

Project Trident is a desktop-focused operating system based on TrueOS. It uses the Lumina desktop as well as a number of self-developed utilities to provide an easy-to-use system that both BSD beginners and advanced system administrators can feel comfortable running 24⁄7.

Information has been confusing, too me anyway, which is why I went from FreeBSD to TrueOS to Project Trident, I think!? Here is Trident’s Introduction:

Project Trident is a desktop distribution of TrueOS, which is a rolling-release variant of FreeBSD … snip
Project Trident began in 2018 when TrueOS was reorganized into a scaled down server installation of FreeBSD. The discontinued desktop portion of TrueOS was adopted by Ken Moore and J.T. Pennington, two desktop-focused TrueOS developers, and rebuilt into Project Trident.
Project Trident is essentially a customized installation of TrueOS and FreeBSD, not a forked derivative. Project Trident has a simple graphical installer that has partition support and other customization options. The underlying TrueOS/FreeBSD system is kept intact and provides a fully functional FreeBSD system.

OK, looks like another Desktop Open Source OS that has difficulty in producing a competitive Desktop/Laptop version to challenge Microsoft Windows 10 – to quote: “TrueOS was reorganized into a scaled down server installation of FreeBSD.” Another Open Source ‘Baby Sitter’ for Microsoft Windows OSes, IMHO. Microsoft Windows OSes get stuck doing all the hard work, with an Open Source ‘Baby Sitter’ babysitting them. Lot less fragmentation than Linux, but still not competitive with Microsoft Windows in the Desktop/Laptop and workstation area. Trident isn’t even close to offering a competitive Desktop/Laptop DE to any of the top Linux Distros, IMHO. Reminds me of some really old Linux versions, but with better hardware drivers – i.e. Trident had all the drivers for my new ‘Rose’ build, so everything seems to work. Well, I had problems getting ‘Time’ correct last night, but its working right after new boot up this morning. I’m sure Trident is useful to some, as are FreeBSD and TrueOS to others, but definitely not for me.

Here are some screenshots:

First desktop shot after installation…

 

Control Panel … not a lot of selections

 

Browser looked interesting…

 

Still closely linked to TrueOS, which is closely linked to FreeBSD – all of which led to Newbie Testing Nightmares  😉