Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Sep 2006 21:03 UTC, submitted by Jason Dixon
OpenBSD Pre-orders for OpenBSD 4.0 are now available in the online store. Five architectures on three CDs in a soft-shell DVD case. Check out the highlights of OpenBSD 4.0. This new release adds support for many wireless chipsets, as well as support for the UltraSPARC III, and much, much more.
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by tomfitzyuk on Thu 21st Sep 2006 10:49 UTC
tomfitzyuk
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2006-01-25

Over the past few days I have run OpenBSD on my desktop machine (amd64).

I ran across a few problems:
1. In the console, Alt+Left and Alt+Right acted as Left and Right respectively; however, when I showed this on #openbsd, a channel member looked through the relevant source code, found the problem and submitted the diff file to the appropriate place... I think it's great OpenBSD has people like that. (Other OSs could have people who do that, I've just never seen it done through IRC). Also, I got some good advice from bsdforums.org

2. It seems impossible to transfer data to or from FTP servers from a machine with Packet Filter (OpenBSD's firewall) without allowing all out connections for high ports. This isn't much of a problem because it's unlikely anything would try to send data through those ports from the machine. It becomes less of a problem if you specify which user can send from those ports.

However, iptables is able to handle this by reading the PORT command (this is in the FTP protocol) and determining which port is going to be used for the data port.

BTW, I'm only considering passive FTP here.

3. A few programs I regularly use (mpd, ncmpc) haven't been built for 3.9 but are in current (and hence will be in 4.0). I could follow -current rather than -stable but it's not recommended (though I figure now that the ports tree has been locked, it should be fine).

When I hadn't used OpenBSD and was considering doing so, I heard that their community was the harshest out there. While OpenBSD's community is harsh (mailing lists, IRC), I think it's for two reasons:
1. People don't want to spend time answering questions which can be solved by looking in the docs (man pages, FAQ, mailing list archives, Google).
2. By not holding peoples hands through setting up, maintaining and configuring OpenBSD, it forces users to learn how to research properly, which in the long run is best... IMO.

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