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Project Trident

Last Update: 2019-05-25 15:39 UTC

Project Trident is a desktop-focused operating system based on TrueOS, which in turn is based on FreeBSD. It uses the Lumina desktop as well as a number of self-developed system administration utilities.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 110 (95), 6 months: 60 (190), 3 months: 50 (221), 4 weeks: 40 (290), 1 week: 86 (124)

Average visitor rating: 5.38/10 from 8 review(s).

Project Trident Summary
Distribution Project Trident
Home Page http://project-trident.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://project-trident.org/docs/
Screenshots --
Download Mirrors http://project-trident.org/download/
Bug Tracker https://github.com/project-trident
Related Websites --
Reviews 18.12: DistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2019-05-08: BSD Release: Project Trident 19.04
 • 2019-01-16: BSD Release: Project Trident 18.12
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 •2019-02-21 Sync local and remote packages
 •2019-02-06 Trident makes LXQt available
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Feature 19.05 18.12
Release Date 2019-05-25 2019-01-16
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 3400-3500 4100-4200
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Lumina Lumina
Package Management pkg (TXZ) pkg (TXZ)
Release Model Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Init Software OpenRC OpenRC
Journaled File Systems ZFS ZFS
Multilingual Yes Yes
Asian Language Support -- --
Full Package List 19.05 18.12
Package 19.05 18.12
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.2 1.1.2
ati-driver (18.30) -- --
bash (5.0) 5.0 4.4
bind (9.15.0) -- --
chromium (75.0.3770.90) -- --
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.11 2.2.10
dhcp (4.4.1) -- --
e2fsprogs (1.45.2) 1.45.0 1.44.5
firefox (67.0.2) -- --
freetype (2.10.0) 2.9.1 2.9.1
gcc (9.1.0) -- --
gimp (2.10.12) -- --
glibc (2.29) -- --
gnome-shell (3.32.2) -- --
gnucash (3.5) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- --
grub (2.02) -- --
gtk (3.24.8) 2.24.32 2.24.32
httpd (2.4.39) -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- --
k3b (19.04.2) -- --
kmod (26) -- --
krita (4.2.1) -- --
libreoffice (6.2.4) -- --
linux (5.1.10) -- --
Package 19.05 18.12
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- --
mariadb (10.3.15) -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.0) -- --
mesa (19.1.0) 18.3.2 18.1.9
mysql (8.0.16) -- --
nautilus (3.32.1) -- --
NVIDIA (430.26) 390.87 390.87
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (12.0.1) -- --
openssh (8.0p1) -- --
openssl (1.1.1c) -- --
perl (5.30.0) 5.28.2 5.28.1
php (7.3.6) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.16.0) -- --
postfix (3.4.5) -- --
postgresql (11.3) -- --
Python (3.7.3) 3.6.8 3.6.8
qt (5.12.3) -- --
samba (4.10.4) -- --
systemd (242) -- --
thunderbird (60.7.1) -- --
vim (8.1) -- --
vlc ( 3.0.6 3.0.5
xfdesktop (4.12.5) -- --
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.18.4 1.18.4

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Version: 19.05
Rating: 7
Date: 2019-06-11
Votes: 0

Having been a FreeBSD user for many years, Project Trident caught my eye when I finally decided I wanted a push-button FreeBSD install with a DE.

As opposed to some of the other reviewers here, the installation was extremely painless, and worked without a hitch. I ended up with essentially a TrueOS install with the Lumina DE, and almost everything installed out-of-the-box that I could have wanted.

This install has provided me the security and stability of FreeBSD with a pretty nice interface. Is Lumina my favorite DE? Probably not... I think XFCE is still probably my DE of choice, but Lumina is not bad by any means. I would say that Lumina seems a little underfeatured, e.g. the AppCafe seems currently pretty useless, from what I can tell? If they could wrap all the features of package management into it, it would be pretty incredible. Still, I'm happy. My Thinkpad X270 is running really well with this distro.

Documentation for Project Trident seems a little... absent. The website is pretty slow, full of spelling errors, and incomplete as you could possibly imagine. The Introduction section seems to toot the distro's horn quite a bit with little of substance. It mentions the distro's "vibrant community", for instance, but no forums exist for the distro specfically, unless you count the Telegram channel, which seems like a rather inaccessible community medium when you compare it to the other distro's out there that make use of standard/popular forum software.

Project Trident has a LOT of potential. This could be the Desktop distro the FreeBSD community has been looking for to spread the joys of an amazing OS to more people. With better documentation, more community accessible, and improved GUI functionality, Project Trident will be an absolute winner.

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Version: 18.12
Rating: 2
Date: 2019-05-09
Votes: 6

As a relative noob I have to agree with the previous 3 reviewers. How can an OS targeted at DESKTOP use not support 1080p monitor resolutions OOB when this has been the go-to resolution standard for over 8 years now? I have been delightedly exploring Linux in increasing depth over the last 10 years (Ubuntu,Mint,MX) and seen impressive progress in terms of user-friendliness. Desktop BSDs, not so much (although at least a LITTLE progress has been made). I keep giving the PC-BSD/TrueOS/Trident offerings a try about once a year and they continue to disappoint by being horribly un-usable (remember: noob, here). Tons of unsupported hardware. Slowest installs I've EVER seen (roughly an order of magnitude slower than the mostly debian-derivative Linux OSes I use) and the reward for your patience is usually a failed install or nearly unusable desktop. In spite of the lofty goals and good-sounding concepts, these FreeBSD derivative OS developer teams have been and remain woefully understaffed. I imagine there are valid reasons that Trident feels it improves upon FreeBSD, but given how unusable it is I don't see what they are. With the much smaller user base and the whole "Still a server OS masquerading as a Desktop OS" thing, I just don't get it. I appreciate all that Chris(?) Moore is trying to do, but he needs 4x the manpower. I wish the powers that be would decide whether to "fish or cut bait" with this set of OSes. Changing the Project name doesn't seem to be helping any. 5 years of watching this beached fish gasping for oxygen is just getting too painful to watch. I too want this OS to succeed (choice is GOOD), but the current noob choices to use BSD as a desktop are not great: MidnightBSD (only 1 main developer), Trident (see above), FreeBSD roll-your-own DE (perhaps the best of the bunch, but more than this noob is ready to tackle ATM).

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Version: 18.12
Rating: 4
Date: 2019-05-04
Votes: 3

I want to enjoy this Distro I really do however, the DE chosen leaves the most basic of features to be desired. Basic desktop ratio 1920 x 1080 doesn't exist, smaller monitors with higher resolution make the font unbearably too small to read. The DE doesn't even allow users to scale it.

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