Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Nov 2008 09:39 UTC, submitted by Reyk
OpenBSD O'Reilly interviewed 27 OpenBSD developers to present the new release. They discussed buffer cache improvements, the new malloc(), the work to make the math library more C99 compliant, what is new in the SCSI area, crypto support for softraid, a lot of fundamental work happened in PF, a new tool to merge configuration files during upgrades, the status of OpenCVS, some cool features of OpenSSH 5.1, the initial support for USB webcams, the never-ending work on improving and extending the sensors framework, and more.
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RE[2]: Evolving Nicely
by dagw on Wed 12th Nov 2008 15:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Evolving Nicely"
dagw
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'm quite surprised at how immature the system seems,

I guess immature means different things to you and me. I consider OpenBSD extremely mature and have done for years. Their hardware support has always been more than sufficient for my needs and everything they claim to support works perfectly out of the box. The entire system has been always been rock solid. I honestly don't think I've had a crash with OpenBSD. OpenBSD has always been a breeze to manage and their firewall and filtering software really is best I've ever used.

OpenBSD takes the approach that it's better to support few things well than lots of things badly. And admittedly because of this there have been projects where I've been unable to use OpenBSD. But they're very clear about what does and doesn't work, and I've never been in a situation where something I thought would work didn't. So while I might not have as many features as, for example, Linux, the features they do have are very mature.

yet they still waste time by doing things such as trying to reimplement CVS, just because they don't like the GNUGPL. Crazy, if you ask me.

They're not reimplementing CVS because they don't like the GNU GPL. They're reimplementing CVS because the don't like the GNU implementation of CVS. Two entirely different things.

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