Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 12th Aug 2006 19:07 UTC
OpenBSD OpenBSD strives to be the most secure UNIX derivation. Design principles, such as code auditing, extensive use of encryption, and careful configuration choices, combine to ensure OpenBSD's secure by default philosophy holds true. This article gives you a close look at the operating system so secure that it was once banned for use in a DEF CON competition, where crackers go after each other's systems.
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RE[3]: Correctness matters
by ozonehole on Sun 13th Aug 2006 17:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Correctness matters"
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FWIW, I, and others, am quite pleased the installer can still fit on a single floppy and, while more people might not take advantage of it, you can also do a headless installation via a serial console—and I hope this doesn’t change in the future just to appease the fashion gods. This is one of the quickest installers I’ve ever used and, to be quite honest, it does exactly what an installer is supposed to do—get the OS on the box, quickly.

It's a fast installer if you've used it about 10 times and thus are intimately familiar with it. For a newbie, it takes a couple of hours to pour through the documentation to figure out how to use it. It gets mind-blowingly complicated if you want to install OpenBSD on a hard drive to multiboot with other OSs. If you are willing to give it the entire hard disk (and I guess that's what you do), then it isn't as bad, but it's hardly intuitive.

I see no reason why OpenBSD couldn't have both - an easy-to-use text-mode installer (such as Slackware's or Debian's) plus the esoteric command line installer that you know and love. Installers don't occupy that much disk space.

And OpenBSD does not fit on a single CD - last time I ordered it, I received three CDs, and needed two of them to get the apps installed, plus I had to download some more. But if fitting it on one disk is so important, why not consider making a DVD release? Then it wouldn't be necessary to download so many ports to get a working desktop system.

I firmly believe that the Spartan installer cuts OpenBSD's market share to about 1/10 of what it could be. A pity - it's a good OS in many ways.

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