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Remember PC-BSD? As a desktop, FreeBSD-based operating system, It’s effectively dead.

Here’s a summary of what happened.

For a long time, PC-BSD was the lone, usable, for most users, BSD distribution targeted at desktop users, with KDE as the desktop environment of choice. And it remained that way until 2017 when the developers started their own desktop environment called Lumina. The first iterations were terrible. At some point there was a server-oriented implementation called TrueOS. By 2018, the direction of the project had changed, with the merging of both projects under the TrueOS brand. By the end of that year, the desktop end of the project under the TrueOS name was effectively dead, and by early 2019, the first edition of the project under the Project Trident name was released, still with Lumina as the desktop environment.

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Not long after that, the developers had ditched the TrueOS/FreeBSD heritage and built the project atop Void Linux, an original Linux distribution with xbps as the package manager and runit as the init system and service supervisor. The first edition of Project Trident as a (Void) Linux distribution was released just last month (February 2020).

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So that’s how PC-BSD died and was born again as a Linux distribution. I haven’t played with that first release, so can’t tell you how good or not-so-good it is, but I should have time to do so soon, now that I’m back to blogging. Eager to try it yourself? Head on to the Project Trident page for all the info you need to download and install it on your system.

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35 Responses

  1. Not everyone is behind a network firewall, and not everyone knows what a firewall is. You may think these people should not be using computers, but they are and will be. They should have some protection until they learn enough to do it themselves.

    You can’t just think about yourself, you have to think about the computing public in general. Originally the windows firewall was off by default. When MS turned it on by default, infection rates went way down.

    I agree that every user’s needs are different. So if the default firewall doesn’t work for you, change it.

  2. This article is far from convincing. It makes sense to have several layers of security if you want to be absolutely certain nothing can come in, but what are the odds that something will breach into your network past a router that drops or denies every inbound connection attempt?

    Also if your computer isn’t running any server (not listening on any port), what could happen?

    In fact, that actually makes your two layers of security… (I guess Windows and Ubuntu probably have servers running most users aren’t aware of though…?)

    That leaves potential exploits but if iptables can be abused on my router then I guess it can be on my PC as well… Not to mention that I’m not running a secret defense project deserving that much attention, and spammers can attack Windows computer users with stupid HTML emails and smiley packs more easily than by hacking into peoples’ routers and Linux computers…

    That’s what I think anyway.

  3. I disagree with the notion that you need a firewall on the router AND on the computer because this somehow makes things more secure. By that thinking, it would be even better to run two or three firewalls on the system, wouldn’t it?

  4. I agree with having in-depth security. On the perimeter however, there is one case (at least) where all outbound connections should not be allowed. A good deal of spam originates from malware on a hosts that are not mail servers. It’s a simple matter to block all outbound smtp traffic that does not originate from a mail server (some ISPs presently do this on non-business customers). This not only helps to reduce spam (on the sending end, not incoming spam), it also helps to protect the edge IP address(es) from becoming blacklisted. Generally speaking, a good practice that network admins should follow (imo).

  5. I disagree. I see far more value in educating the wetware in best practices. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reinstalled a windows machine that had current AV and a firewall running… you can’t protect against stupid with software, unfortunately.

    In contrast, I had a win98 machine, not SE, the original win98, installed “out of the box” from the OEM, with no antivirus or anti malware software on it. I also never updated it.

    But the children who used it knew the rules: no downloading, don’t go where you know you’re not supposed to be etc etc… it ran like new until the day the hardware finally died.

    The only protection it had, other than educated users, was that it was behind a smoothwall firewall on the perimeter.

    If I take any equipment outside a perimeter firewall, then absolutely, iptables goes up. But unless a particular user or set of users has proved themselves incapable of avoiding the social engineering, I usually leave firewalls off. Haven’t been stung by the practice, though admittedly I add “yet.” =)

    These days “noscript” (firefox) is more valuable than a simple incoming-blocking firewall…

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