Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Nov 2007 22:51 UTC, submitted by Earin
OpenBSD OpenBSD 4.2 has been released. "We are pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD 4.2. This is our 22nd release on CD-ROM (and 23rd via FTP). We remain proud of OpenBSD's record of more than ten years with only two remote holes in the default install." Update: A what's new article at ONLamp.
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RE: OpenBSD for the average Joe
by Lengsel on Fri 2nd Nov 2007 02:09 UTC in reply to "OpenBSD for the average Joe"
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Myself being an OpenBSD user, would say there is a sense of elitism amongst the highly skilled OpenBSD users, of which I am not at their levels, but they are also more introverted as well, I can be that way myself. With how I use it all the time and everything, for whatever reason, I can't be bothered to write articles to post online with How-To's for very basic and starter stuff for people wanting to try it, but written assuming zero level of knowledge, maybe even a bit of hand-holding, to help people get into probably the most technical OS you come across. However I got no problems spending hours to teach someone how to use this stuff, so I do help if someone asks. But I would suggest openbsd101.com as another starting point, and there is signing up for the OpenBSD Newbies mailing list at http://mailman.theapt.org/listinfo/openbsd-newbies. Plus there is also the Absolute OpenBSD book as well. Although it is 4 years old, there is still very much some stuff to learn from it, and I talked with the author, and he said he will be doing an updated version of the book but there is no date for any of that stuff yet.

But in blunt honesty, I am in full agreement of your grip about OpenBSD learning material, but at the same time the OS is developed for servers, with some desktop features implemented into the system. It is developed with a focus in mind, they are not hoping to get people who want to play with it at home. I could be going way ahead of myself here, but I think they are not concerned about playing the numbers game of counting how many users they have. If people like their software, fine, if people don't, fine. So while I do understand you, with an OS who's first priority is security, you can't expect them to cater to new people. I can't speak for the OpenBSD developers, but I don't believe simplicity and security can work together, it is one or the other. So all I can say is grin and bare it and read up somehow, or use FreeBSD.

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