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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I thought the whole point of computers was to make things easier? Do more, faster...not spend all your life reading manuals just to get the friggin thing to boot up.

No, you are caught by the fallacy of idiot box.

For "consumer computers", the idea of a "playstation-like computer" may be ideal, but otherwise it just demonstrates the common click-click-click-big-warning-click-click-click -culture that so well describes the Windows world and its flaws.

(This is not to state that Windows would not have documentation -- it has, and people of all ages actually take courses to read and learn such tools as Windows Word; the idiot box equivalent would be to just click-click-click and your document would somehow magically be ready.)

As an example, OpenBSD is strong in the professional networking world (as a router, gateway, firewall, and so forth). It would be very scary if one configures such a system without reading nor without understanding what is being configured.

EDIT: clarify the point with Windows.

Edited 2009-10-20 07:26 UTC

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