Linked by Tony Bourke on Thu 29th Apr 2004 19:08 UTC
OpenBSD OpenBSD is a name synonymous with security, having earned the respect and adoration of security-concious sysadmins everywhere. OpenBSD is used in data centers all over the world, is the basis for several security products (from OpenBSD's site), and is even the basis for Microsoft's Services For Unix.
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Why is he compiling stuff by himself from source? OpenBSD (like all the other BSD's) have a ports system that contain patches that fix compilation and runtime problems. Instead of mucking about with source, the ports are there ready to use.

I've used MySQL on OpenBSD on a sparc64 box (heck, my website ran on that for quite a while), and I never had problems with MySQL from ports. Ran like a charm right from the get go. OpenBSD's port system also creates "fake" installations and generates packages which can be used on other machines. And with the flavour system, you can tweak it to your needs.

There's actually no need to compile stuff by yourself. Many have done the problemsolving already and automated it in the ports system, so use that to your advantage.