Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Oct 2009 12:06 UTC, submitted by ebasconp
OpenBSD As mentioned in the release announcement: "Many people have received their 4.6 CDs in the mail by now, and we really don't want them to be without the full package repository. We are pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD 4.6. This is our 26th release on CD-ROM (and 27th via FTP). We remain proud of OpenBSD's record of more than ten years with only two remote holes in the default install." I really want news like this on the front page, but sadly, the long list of improvements makes no sense to me - I don't know what's important and what isn't. If someone can provide a nice readable summary of the most important improvements, I'll include it to the item and place it on the front page. There we are.
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Doc Pain
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2006-10-08

Actually the things in a base install can be easier then Linux, because they build the whole operating system, much more integrated. Linux distributions, take things more from different places.


I may point this out: In opposite to the various Linux distributions, BSD systems like OpenBSD or FreeBSD consist of "a core operating system" maintaned by a development group, and "everything else", such as third-party software that has been ported to the specific platform and made available as sources or precompiled packages. That's why BSD always has a consistent OS that is fully functional, even if no other ostware is installed. You can easily run "rm -rf /usr/local" and get rid of all the extra stuff, and your system will still boot. The OS is well structured (see "man hier") and gives you a solid base of tools you can rely on. There's no arbitrary choice like "we put this in the OS, and this, but not this". Finally, this high quality standardisation keeps a high grade of compatibility to other UNIX operating systems, especially the commercial ones.

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