What is 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 247.

Benefits of Project Trident

  • Privacy: No advertisements. No tracking. No reporting of “metrics” on your computer activity.
  • No Cost: sponsorships gladly accepted but not required.
  • Regular Updates: Weekly updates for all 3rd-party packages and updates to the base OS every 6 months.
  • Always ready: No need to wait for OS or application updates before using your system. Perform updates only when you are ready.
  • Stable: Keep it running all day, every day, without loss of performance.
  • Open-source: All the source code for Project Trident is freely available on GitHub for audit and enhancement by anyone.

Recent Articles

Infrastructure Upgrades


The 18.12-U8 package updates will be delayed until the week of March 25th, due to some importance infrastructure updates that are happening right now. Migrating to version 1.1 of the TrueOS build framework We are taking this opportunity to begin testing the migration from version 1 to version 1.1 of the TrueOS build framework! The early tests are looking very promising, with a 500MB+ reduction in ISO sizes as well as faster build times....

18.12-U7 Available


Package update 7 for 18.12-RELEASE is now available. Trident system changes of note: The post-install default ZFS block size has been changed to 4KB (ashift=12). This is better for performance, but only impacts new ZFS datasets that are created after this change. No impact for current ZFS system layout. The “Indirect Branch Restricted Speculation” system control has now been enabled for all Project Trident systems. This should ensure a higher level of security....

18.12-U6 Available


Package update 6 for 18.12-RELEASE is now available. This is a relatively minor update to keep the available packages up to date. Package changes of note: drm-current_kmod : 4.16.g20181210 -> 4.16.g20190213 This updates the graphics support framework, meaning that GPU drivers may work a bit better now. node has been updated: 11.9.0 -> 11.10.0 npm : 6.7.0 -> 6.8.0 sysup : 0.6 -> 0.6.3 All postgresql database versions have also been updated: postgresql94: 9....

18.12-U5 Available


Package update 5 for 18.12-RELEASE is now available. The graphical system update utility has a new version now with a couple new features: When starting updates, there will now be a prompt about whether to perform a “full” update (forcibly resync your system with the versions of packages in the repository). This option takes a bit longer to download/perform the updates, but is very useful if your system has gotten out of sync with the repo from manually testing packages or you are moving backwards to an older version of the package repository....