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.
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. This version of the build framework also implements a new organization for the “base” OS packages which replaces the current FreeBSD base package implementation (with 200+ package which are mostly unused) with one that is much simpler and easier to manage. Now, all of the base packages are created from the “os” category in the TrueOS ports repository and all the world/kernel build options are properly respected during the package procedures.
sysup system-update utility (which the Trident update manager uses) is already able to seamlessly upgrade a system from the older-style base packages to the new ones, so there should be no special steps required to upgrade current Project Trident systems to the new style of base packages.
We have already merged everything from the Project Trident build routines directly into v1.1 of the TrueOS build framework, so this greatly simplifies the procedures to checkout and build a custom TrueOS distribution for everybody who is interested!